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ECA 2014 Convention - Media Ecology Assocation - Second Call for Papers 2014

Second Call for Papers 2014

Media Ecology Association
Call for Papers 2014
105th Annual ECA Convention

Communities of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” in 
Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse

Providence, Rhode Island
The Omni Providence

April 23–27, 2014

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013


The Media Ecology Association, an affiliated association of the Eastern Communication Association, invites the submission of competitive papers, thematic program/panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (e.g., roundtables, symposia, debates, open forums, and community programs) for the 105th annual convention of the ECA. Founded as a haven for religious dissenters, Providence is a city intimately shaped by discourses of disagreement. This year’s conference theme, “Communities of Dissent,” is inspired by the tradition of dissent that has marked the city’s long and notable history. Dissent can be transformational, a lively experiment in tolerance and freedom of conscience.  When accepted and encouraged, dissent can be an important monitoring force, providing correctives for unethical behavior, unfavorable decision-making, and insensitivity to others’ needs. Dissent can also be dangerous, undermining sound and orderly government, and fueling conflict and aggression.

This year’s theme explores the expression and suppression of dissent across communication contexts—relational, organizational, mediated, social, and political—and the attendant implications for such concerns as relational quality, community identification, civic engagement, public dialogue, accountability, and justice.

The convention, as always, features panels, roundtables, short courses, and programming on the convention theme. In addition, the Fourth Annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) will run concurrently with the ECA convention on Friday and Saturday (April 25–26). USC papers will be accepted through December 20, 2013, to enable scholarly student papers from the fall semester to be submitted. All such papers should be submitted directly to the USC planner, Leeanne Bell McManus, ECAundergrad@gmail.com.

Co-sponsorship of panels between interest groups is especially encouraged, given the theme’s embrace of a “lively experiment.” Proposals that relate to the convention theme but do not directly relate to one of the interest group areas should be sent directly to Thomas R. Flynn, Primary Program Planner and ECA First Vice-President, at ECA2014@sru.edu.

General information about the convention and the 2014 Call for Papers can be found  HERE.

Submissions to the Media Ecology Association must adhere to the following guidelines.

In order to receive full consideration, completed papers and program/panel proposals must be received by October 15, 2013. Submissions must be sent via e-mail, with attachment(s) in MS Word format, to the 2014 Program Planner: James Morrison, Boston College james.morrison@bc.edu

Competitive Papers

Abstracts or incomplete papers are not acceptable. Submissions of competitive papers should be sent as a Microsoft Word file, and must include the following elements:

1.    A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author or authors’ name(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es), telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es). If the paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention.
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.    The following statement of professional responsibility, also on the second page:

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

Papers submitted without this statement will not be programmed.

The e-mail subject header should include “MEA@ECA submission” and the title of the paper.

The e-mail text must also include any media requests (projectors, screens, etc.). Reasonable requests for media support will not be met unless they are received by the program planner at the time of the paper submission.

Program/Panel Proposals

All program/panel submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word file, and must include the following elements:

1.    A thematic title for the program/panel.
2.    The name of the Chair, and Respondent(s), if any. The Program Planner will not provide panels with Chairs. Moreover, please do not have Chairs act as Respondents.
3.    The names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants.
4.    Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
5.    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.    The following statement of professional responsibility:

In submitting the attached proposal, we recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. We agree to present this program/panel if it is accepted. We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.
Programs/panels submitted without this statement will not be programmed.

The e-mail subject header should include “MEA @ ECA” and the title of the program/panel.

Finally, the e-mail text must include any media requests (projectors, screens, etc.). Reasonable requests for media support will not be met unless they are received by the program planner at the time of the program/panel submission.

For any additional information regarding this CFP, please contact the Media Ecology Association Program Planner:  James Morrison, Boston College james.morrison@bc.edu.


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