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ECA - 2020 Convention - Call for Papers ... Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group

The Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 111th Annual ECA Convention in Baltimore, MD. The convention theme, Harboring Innovation, is centered on the change in our shared methods, ideas, and pedagogy. Particularly, this interest group seeks submissions that explore ways to harbor innovations in and through argumentation and forensics. The field of argumentation is constantly in flux. We are interested in submissions that explore how to foster innovation and adapt with the needs of our students and the changing needs of the field. Forensics (defined to include various genres of debate) is alive and well but fragmented in the ECA region into disparate groups that do not always pursue the same goals or teach the same practices. We are particularly interested in submissions that either salute innovations or explore how potential new modes of approach argument might work to establish common ground. We hope that such submissions might point to the forensics future. 

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ECA will again be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. All submissions should be uploaded through Attendee Interactive at the following site: The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work.

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

Include the following statement with submissions. 

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel 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.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group can be directed to:  

Taylor Hahn, Communication Program, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. Email:; phone: 202.452.1285. This unit is limited in the number of sessions it programs, so prior consultation with the planer about session ideas might be useful in coordinating the efforts of people who might be separately pursuing the same general idea.


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