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ECA 2015 Convention - Media Ecology Association - Call for Submissions

Media Ecology Association

Call for Papers 2015

106th Eastern Communication Association Convention

Deliberation: Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel

April 22–26, 2015

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014

 

The Media Ecology Association, an affiliate association of the Eastern Communication Association, invites the submission of competitive papers, thematic program/panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (e.g., workshop sessions, roundtable discussions, symposia, debates, open forums, community programs, etc.) for the 106th annual convention of the ECA.

Deliberation is where ideas are shared in groups then debated, advanced, molded, altered, and shaped into the foundation of our democracy. The Eastern Communication Association is the oldest professional communication association in the United States, and its convention in 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, a town that dates back to our first public deliberations. We strive in 2015 to honor the spirit of launching forth ideas into a public space for deliberative consideration. Thus, the theme for 2015 is “Deliberation: Philadelphia.”



The convention planners aim to create a space where carefully crafted ideas are put forth for public consideration. We wish to highlight completed papers and deliberative, audience-drawing and audience-involved panels that may not include the convention theme in their titles but encourage public consideration of ideas or debate the merit and direction of our scholarship and pedagogy. Creating this intentional space honors the location and ECA history.

Co-sponsorship of panels between MEA and an ECA Interest Group is especially encouraged, and with a deliberation emphasis may be selected as a Spotlight Panel (see information below) or special submission. Potential co-sponsored panels should be submitted to the MEA Program Planner (James Morrison: james.morrison@bc.edu), the Interest Group Chair of the potentially involved group, and the Primary Convention Planner (J. Kanan Sawyer: ecaphilly2015@gmail.com). As with paper and traditional panels, all co-sponsored panel submissions must go through peer review and receive acceptance by both the MEA and the co-sponsoring Interest Group.

Spotlight Panel Submissions and Second Life Series

The ECA will be offering opportunities at this convention for its members to be heard by the wider community by “spotlighting” five sessions. These sessions will be Interest Group paper panels, basic course panels, special sessions, or any other submission in which presenters are willing to share their ideas with a broader audience. Local media will be invited to cover these sessions, which will be spotlighted in the program. Some sessions (with presenter consent) will also be part of our Second Life series, whereby ECA members at off-site locations will be able to participate “virtually.” Please indicate on your submission if you are willing or would like to have your paper or panel as part of either or both of these sessions.

Student Scholars

In addition, the Fifth Annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) will run concurrently with the ECA convention on Friday and Saturday (April 24 and 25). The deadline for submissions of USC papers is December 19, 2014, to enable scholarly student papers from the fall semester to be submitted. All student scholar submissions must have a faculty sponsor. Competitive papers, poster presentations, and panel proposals should be submitted by the deadline before midnight EST. Submission Email: ECAundergrad2015@gmail.com.

General information about the convention and a link to the 2015 Call for Papers can be found at http://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/p_convention_main.

Submission Guidelines

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, 2014 before midnight EST.

Submissions must be sent via e-mail, with attachment(s) in MS Word format, to the 2015 MEA 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 by an asterisk who will be presenting at the convention. Also, please indicate here if you are willing to participate in a Spotlight Session.
  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. 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 alternative presenter as well as communicate their absence to both the Interest Group/Affiliate Planner and the ECA Vice President. No-shows will be removed from the official program.

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. Please note that Chairs and Respondents cannot also serve as panelists, although a participant may serve the dual role of Chair and Respondent.
  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. The word “Debut” marked on all papers or presentations by persons who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention
  6. Program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program
  7. A detailed rationale for the program/panel
  8. An indication if you are wiling to have your panel chosen as a Spotlight Session
  9. The following statement of professional responsibility on the title page:

In submitting the attached proposal, we recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, we agree to register for the 2015 ECA Convention, pay fees, and present in Philadelphia. We understand that presenters with last-minute emergencies must make arrangements as possible for an alternative presenter as well as communicate their absence to both the Interest Group/Affiliate Planner and the ECA Vice President. No-shows will be removed from the official program.

Proposals 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 call for papers, please contact the Media Ecology Association 2015 Program Planner:

James Morrison, Boston College [james.morrison@bc.edu].


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