Call for Papers
108th Annual ECA Convention
2017 CALL FOR PAPERS
Freedom To … and Freedom From …
March 29 - April 2, 2017
Submission deadline: October 15, 2016
No city in the United States is associated more with the tensions inherent in the concept of <freedom> than Boston, the site of our 2017 convention. Although the “Freedom Trail” that passes only twenty feet from the door of our convention hotel tells a story that Boston – and the United States – seeks simple <freedom>, its two endpoints show that <freedom> is no simple thing. The Massachusetts State House on the southern end negotiates daily the tension between governmental regulation and individual liberties. The USS Constitution on the northern end embodies the nation’s history desire for freedom from foreign aggression through its freedom to use military force. The Boston Common was used as a grazing ground, where there was freedom from livestock fees, but also freedom to enact the tragedy of the commons. Boston was home to the first Liberty Tree, an elm near Boston Common that was a site where everyday people sought freedom from the Stamp Act in 1765 and where British soldiers enacted their freedom to make this tree an object of ridicule and a site of punishment. Samuel Adams preached revolutionary freedom from British taxes, even while his cousin John Adams argued that even British soldiers have the freedom to demand a fair trial. Boston’s Justice William Cushing ruled in 1781, that “all men are born free and equal” to demand that Bostonians of African descent be released from slavery, even as slaveholders and legislators sustained laws that that allowed the freedom to hold slaves until the end of the Civil War. Throughout the Civil War, the first Red Scare of the 1920s, the busing and desegregation struggles of the 1970s and 80s, and to today in dozens of other examples, Boston has been a place where <freedom> has been a contested ground.
Our presence in Boston invites us to consider how the tensions in <freedom> are also present in our discipline. What does communication give us the <freedom> to do? What does it give us <freedom> from? What are the uses and abuses of free communication? When have others used their freedom to communicate to prevent freedom from other forces? And, when have we used the freedom to communicate to gain freedom from these forces? These are the kinds of questions I want our papers, panels, short courses, and other activities to explore.
See the list of Interest Group and Affiliate Organization Planners, Special Session Directors, and Associate Organization contacts for the 2017 Convention. If there are special considerations for your interest group, you will find them there.
Please include the update Statement of Professional Responsibility on all submissions:
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 2017 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 Planner and ECA VP; no shows will be removed from the official program.
To have time to confirm programming into the 2017 convention, notification of acceptance will not be given until the review process and initial session programming is drafted. (We do not wish to rank acceptances by sending out select notifications and having others wait.) Please expect to hear back about proposal acceptances no sooner than the traditional time of:
NOTE: A single paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group or affiliate organization for consideration.
Convention Acceptance Notifications: Friday, January 15, 2017
ECA 2017 CONVENTION PLANNERS
Thank you to the individuals listed here for their service to ECA and to our discipline.
First Vice President & Primary Convention Planner
||Second Vice President
Angela Cooke-Jackson, Emerson College, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Director of Sponsorship
|Graduate Poster Session Chairs
Heather Ferrara, Cazenovia College, email@example.com
|Short Course Directors
Suffolk County Community College
L. Meghan Mahoney
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
|James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Montgomery County Communication College firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Course Conference Planner
ECA 2017 Interest Group Planners
American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) (Affiliate Organization)
State University of New York at Delhi
Institute of General Semantics (Affiliate Organization)