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ECA - 2021 Convention - Nonverbal Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

The Nonverbal Communication Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 112th Annual ECA Convention in Cambridge, MA. Our vision for the 2021 ECA conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is to engage “Resilience” thoughtfully as a persistent response to overcoming obstacles, thriving despite challenges, and adapting to an ever-changing global landscape. As we are embedded in a historical moment marked by “wicked problems,” we look forward to the opportunity to explore resilience for global communities and share possibilities for teaching, research, civic engagement, as well as in our professional and personal endeavors. We recognize that inherent within resilience are conflict and struggle. However, from this discomfort, resilience brings a power and a responsibility to share with the larger global community. We strongly encourage any scholar to submit their scholarship as it relates to these questions and topics within the field of nonverbal communication. We are open to any method or topic within communication studies, as long as it relates to nonverbal communication.

ECA will again be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. All submissions should be uploaded through Attendee Interactive at the following site: The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type are as follows: 

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 need to be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper marked when appropriate.
  • The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Needs
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).
  • If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Needs
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with 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.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Nonverbal Communication Interest Group can be directed to:  

Caroline Waldbuesser, Ph.D.
Department of Communication and Media Arts
Western Connecticut State University

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