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ECA 2021 Convention - Political Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline Dates: Wed, 1/1 2020 12:00 AM - Thurs, 10/15 2020 11:59 PM EDT

Political Communication Interest Group Call for Papers 

112th Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association March 24-28, 2021

Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA                 

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

The Political Communication Interest Group is now accepting paper and panel submissions for the 2021 Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention in Cambridge, MA. The theme for the 2021 Convention is “Resilience.”

The Political Communication Interest Group considers papers/panels that focus on all areas of political communication including, but not limited to, the communication activity of citizens, individual political figures, governmental institutions, the media, political campaigns, advocacy groups and social movements. This Interest Group recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics across a variety of contexts and that employs a variety of research methodologies. For the 2021 ECA Convention, we encourage papers and panels that advance the convention theme of “Resilience” within the contexts of political communication research, pedagogy and practice. Submissions on topics ranging from the 2020 primaries and general elections to innovations in teaching political communication are especially welcome, as are submissions that examine political communication in Cambridge and greater region of ECA.

ECA uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you have not used Attendee Interactive in the past.

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 7th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions:

Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements:

  1. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  2. A one-page abstract.
  3. A statement of professional responsibility.

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

Submission of program/panel proposals should include the following elements:

  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.

Include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all submissions: In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/we recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel 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. 

Submitting 2020 Papers for 2021 Convention

Although we may invite some panels that were slated to take place at ECA2020, next year’s convention will be built based on a new call for papers and a completely new submission process that will open later this spring as is typical.

THEREFORE, everyone is free to submit their work previously accepted for ECA2020 elsewhere.  We have no desire to control how you manage your own vita.  You should seek direction from your own Tenure & Promotion committees/chairs/deans and/or be extremely clear so as not to raise problematic questions. 

APA has provided guidance here:

Special Scheduling Request 

If presenting authors or panelists wish to make a special scheduling request due to religious and/or cultural needs, such a scheduling request must be included in the email that accompanies their submission.


Email the Political Communication Interest Group Program Planner: Colin Kearney, Bellarmine University,

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