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ECA 2021 Convention - Communication and Technology Interest Group ... REMINDER Call for Submissions Deadline October 15

ECA - 2021 Convention

Call for Papers

Communication and Technology Interest Group

Resilience - 2021 Eastern Communication Association Conference

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 24 - Sunday, March 28, 2021 

Submission Deadline:  October 15, 2020 11:59 (PST) 

The Communication and Technology Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 112th Annual ECA Convention in Cambridge, MA. The convention theme, Resilience, embodies our ability to overcome obstacles, thrive despite challenges, and adapt to an ever-changing global landscape. Cambridge is a city known for its rich history of resilience and for being a hub for technological innovation. Communication technology can be used to assist individuals in successfully overcoming adversity and to develop positive outcomes in our personal and professional lives. As communication technology scholars, we seek to understand how technology adoption and mediated communication can foster resilience within local and global communities. At this year’s conference in Cambridge, we welcome individual paper and panel submissions that incorporate resilience into communication technology research, service, pedagogy, and/or practice.

Papers and panel proposals must be submitted electronically by October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM (PST).  The Communication and Technology Interest Group of ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage all submissions and blind-reviews.

The Communication and Technology Interest Group invites two types of submissions:

Submission Guidelines for Individuals Papers
Individual Paper: A completed paper reporting original research, an extensive literature review, or
other form of scholarship. Papers should be written in accordance with the APA 7th edition. The following elements will be required for individual paper submissions:

  1. A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author’s affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.*
    2. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
    3. A one-page abstract on the second page.
    4. A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.

*If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals
Panel: A program where three to four speakers present individual papers on a specific topic area. The individual submitting the panel should identify a chair who has agreed to introduce each paper and moderate the presentation of papers and any discussion. Respondents are optional at the discretion of the panelists. Alternatively, please submit panel/program proposals in one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions:

  1. A thematic title for the program.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents.
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review:

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Communication and Technology Interest Group can be directed to the 2021 IG Planner: Daniel Hunt ( The Communication and Technology Interest Group is limited in the number of sessions it can program, so prior consultation with the planner about session ideas recommended.

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