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ECA 2022 Convention - Nonverbal Communication Interest Group Call for Papers


Eastern Communication Association
113th Annual ECA Convention
Philadelphia, PA

April 7 to 9, 2022

The Nonverbal Communication Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 113th Annual ECA Convention. Our vision for the 2022 ECA conference is to engage in the spirit of “(Re)union!” If all goes well, this will be our first “in-person” ECA after two years of being unable to gather our community together. We see to make ECA 2022 an occasion of joyous reconnection and coming together with friends, both old and new. We also seek to make ECA 2022 an epicenter of reflection, deliberation, and learning as we emerge from a global pandemic and consider how we, as communication scholars and educators, will contribute to a post-pandemic world. We invite you all to submit relevant scholarship that touches upon the previously mentioned goals of ECA 2022 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 (e.g., paralinguistic cues, facial expressions, body language, environmental communication, and the like).

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, 2021 at 11:59 PM (ET). You may be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. 

Submission website:

The Nonverbal Communication 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 7th 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:  

Zach Carr, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
University at Buffalo, SUNY

We eagerly await your submissions and look forward to (re)-convening again soon!

Zach Carr (NV Interest Group Chair)
Zach Glowacki (NV Interest Group Vice-Chair)


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