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ECA 2015 Convention - Rhetoric & Public Address IG in collaboration with the American Society for the History of Rhetoric - Call for Submissions


* in special collaboration with American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR)

2015 Eastern Communication Association 106th Annual Convention
April 22 – 26, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014
“Deliberation: Philadelphia”

The Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group, one of the largest Interest Groups in the Eastern Communication Association, is honored this year to invite our members as well as, for 2015, members of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR), one of the Affiliate Organizations of the ECA, to submit proposals (papers, panels, and other creative programs) in preparation for the 106th annual ECA Convention. The convention, to be held April 22-26, 2015, at the Sheraton Society Hill in the heart of Philadelphia will highlight the theme of deliberation. Offering this unique, combined call honors that theme.

Through our study of its theories, its histories, and its mediation, deliberation has arguably been one of the defining (and most contested) foci of our work as rhetoricians and analysts of public address. ECA’s 2015 convention will give the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group an opportunity to reflect on and, yes, deliberate about the rhetorical constructions of argumentation, conflict, and citizenship that mark our deliberative engagement in public life on local, national, and international levels. And what better a place to conduct such inquiries than in a historic city that helped forge America’s tumultuous deliberative foundation and future? Philadelphia provides a vibrant, symbolic backdrop by which to discuss the profound ways in which historical and contemporary frames of deliberation simultaneously include and exclude a host of competing identities. In such a fitting space, rhetorical critics, theorists, and historians have special contributions to make to the study of deliberation through the spoken and written word, through visuality, and through enactment and performance—especially to ask questions such as: under what historical and rhetorical conditions has deliberation taken place? Whose voices are allowed to deliberate? Whose are not? Is deliberation even attainable? And how do we redefine particular modes of deliberation for a changing, globalizing world?

The theme gives us the opportunity to engage in conversations about rhetoric with a wider audience of rhetorical scholars. The Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group is pleased to announce that it will be co-sponsoring at least two panels with the distinguished American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR). We are excited to combine our energies and produce important scholarship on the nature of deliberation through reflections on the past, present, and future of rhetoric. While papers, panels, and other creative programming proposals (round table discussions, debates, workshop sessions, and symposia) that explore these themes are welcome, we also encourage a wide range of submissions related to the historical, critical, and theoretical exploration of rhetoric in its many iterations.

In addition, ECA will be showcasing a small number of “Spotlight Sessions” from various Interest Groups that are designed for a broader civic purpose—these sessions will be open to the public and targeted for coverage by local media, and will also be highlighted in the ECA program. Such sessions will lend themselves especially well to engaging with the deliberative practices of the larger community. The Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group is excited to participate in these sessions, and would like to invite special proposals for papers, panels, and programs that might connect with a wider audience.

Due to the unique nature of this year’s call, please pay special attention to the details of the submission process.

Submissions to the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group must be sent via e-mail, with attachment(s), to the 2015 Program Planner, Timothy Barney, University of Richmond,

Submissions to the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group to be co-sponsored with ASHR must be sent via e-mail, with attachment(s), to the 2015 Program Planner, Timothy Barney, University of Richmond,, as well as the ASHR 2015 Planner, Michelle Gibbons, State University of New York at Delhi,

All submissions should include the text “ECA 2015 Submission” in the subject line of the email. In the text of the email, please also indicate if the submission (competitive paper or program/panel) should be considered for A) one of the joint session panels with the American Society for the History of Rhetoric or B) a Spotlight Session.

Please also include any specific requests for technology in the text of the email submission. Note that reasonable requests for technology support will not be met unless they are received by the Program Planner at the time of the paper or program/panel submission. Please see ECA’s technology policy:

Competitive Papers

Abstracts or incomplete papers are not acceptable in this category, and submitted papers should not have been presented at previous conferences or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Only electronic submissions are allowed, and should be in doc. or docx. form. Submissions of completed papers (no more than 25 pages, excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices) should include TWO attachments to the email address listed above:

  1. First attachment: A title page with the title of the paper, author’s name, author’s affiliation (for multiple authors, please indicate which will be presenting), mailing address, telephone number, and email address. This title page should also include a 150-200 word abstract of the paper and ECA’s Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below). Please clearly indicate if this is a STUDENT or DEBUT paper in the upper right hand corner of the title page—STUDENT papers refer to ones written by current undergraduate and graduate student submitters and must have student status at time of submission; DEBUT papers refer to those whose authors have not previously presented a paper at a regional, national, or international convention.
  2. Second attachment: The full paper, including references, visuals, tables, appendixes. The first page of the full paper should repeat the title, 150-200 word abstract, and ECA’s Statement of Professional Responsibility (see below). However, no identifying information about the author(s) should be included anywhere in this attachment. Please also indicate (as with the first attachment) if this is a STUDENT or DEBUT paper in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the paper.

Program/Panel Proposals

All program/panel submissions should be sent as ONE attachment in doc. or docx. form, and must include:

  1. A thematic title for the program/panel. It is also helpful if the title includes the type of format that will be used: panel, workshop, round table, symposium, debate etc.
  2. The name of the Chair and Respondent (if any). Note that chairs and respondents are not allowed to serve as panelists. We would also prefer that chairs and respondents not be the same person.
  3. The names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants.
  4. Titles and 150-200 word abstracts for each paper or presentation (if applicable to format chosen). Please make it clear what paper/presentation belongs with what author.
  5. The 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. The rationale should also make clear what type of format is being used (panel, workshop, round table, symposium, debate, etc.) and why that format was chosen.
  7. ECA’s Statement of Professional Responsibility(see below).

Statement of Professional Responsibility

When submitting a paper or proposal for review, the following statement MUST be included—see the guidelines above on where this statement should be included in submission. Papers and panels without this statement will not be programmed.

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/we recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/we agree to register for the 2015 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Philadelphia. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternate presenter as well as communicate their absences to both the Interest Group Program Planner and ECA VP; “no shows” will be removed from the program.

Please contact the R&PA Interest Group Program Planner, Timothy Barney, or the ASHR 2015 Planner, Michelle Gibbons, State University of New York at Delhi, with any further questions.

See you in Philadelphia!