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ECA 2022 Convention - Voices of Diversity Interest Group Call for Papers

Call for Submissions

Voices of Diversity Interest Group

113th Annual ECA Convention

Philadelphia, PA

April 7 to 9, 2022

As the Voices of Diversity Interest Group, we first and foremost acknowledge that BIPOC lives matter, that no matter where our conference is held, it will take place on stolen land, and that our commitments are to be co-conspirators with those in underrepresented groups. Centering diversity in our scholarship, we, the interest group, acknowledge that conferences typically do not value embodied knowledge of our marginalized communities, and so as an interest group, we prioritize communication scholarship as it intersects with communities affected and marginalized culturally, economically, institutionally, politically, psychologically, and socially because of age, class, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion and/or sexual orientation. We center theories and practices pertaining to the research, teaching, and study of communication within, between, and among diverse communities. With this mission in mind, the Voices of Diversity Interest Group welcomes scholarship and conversations closely aligning with our interest group mission. 

The Voices of Diversity Interest Group invites submissions of full papers/performances, paper/performance panels, discussions, symposiums, workshops, and community engagement. We encourage scholarship that embodies innovative ideas and perspectives within communication studies and also across disciplines like ethnic studies, critical race studies, queer studies, intersectional feminist studies, performance studies, and other sub-related disciplines. We also invite community-based perspectives from those leading the charge for substantive change both within and outside academia. Submissions that provide an opportunity for a variety of scholarly voices, activists, performers, community members, and audience members to engage one another are strongly encouraged. Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated through peer-review process.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the conference. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability or find someone who can. 

Take care,

Kathryn Hobson, Ph.D.

Cultural Communication
Associate Professor
James Madison University
School of Communication Studies

From the Programmer of the Conference:

The 2022 ECA convention will be an opportunity for (re)union! If all goes well, the 2022 convention will be our first “in person” ECA after two years of being unable to gather our community together. We seek to make ECA 2022 an occasion of joyous reconnection and opportunity to build new connections among our community members. We also seek to make ECA 2022 a location of reflection, deliberation, and learning as we emerge from the global pandemic and consider how we as Communication educators and scholars will contribute to a post-pandemic world.

We invite ECA interest groups and members to develop programming for the 2022 convention that focuses on “(Re)union” in a variety of ways, including:

Reuniting colleagues who have similar research and teaching interests

Reuniting colleagues who have made significant contributions through their collaborative work

Reuniting colleagues who have shared mentorship experiences

Building new unions within ECA to move our discipline forward

Building new unions between ECA and the larger communities in which our members live and work

Creating opportunities to connect around shared research and teaching interests

Opportunities for reflection on the effects of the global pandemic on our teaching, research, and professional development and how to move forward

Deliberation on how communication scholars and educators contribute to a post-pandemic world

We look forward to our 2022 (re)union!

Pamela J. Lannutti
First Vice President
Widener University

Deadline for Submission:
The deadline for submissions for most interest groups and special programming is October 15, 2021

Exceptions to the October 15 deadline:
Undergraduate Scholars Conference (including posters) and Graduate Poster submissions are due on December 13, 2021.

Submission website:
All submissions should be uploaded and processed through Attendee Interactive.

Individual submissions of complete papers/performances should include the following elements:
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.
5. If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

Submission of paper/performance panel proposals should include the following elements:
1. A thematic title for the program. 
2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs and respondents may not be the same person. 
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. 

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. If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this form prior to the paper/panel being officially programmed for presentation at the convention. 

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. 

Convention Acceptance Notification: January 2022

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