Call for Papers 2013
Media Communication Interest Group
104th Annual Eastern Communication Association Convention
Omni William Penn Hotel
April 24-28, 2013
Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012
The Media Communication Interest Group 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 104th annual convention of the ECA. The 2013 convention’s theme is “Confluence.” Confluence is the bringing together of ideas from various perspectives and may take place in content, media effects, technology, job roles or responsibilities, and ownership. We welcome all media communication-related submissions, but particularly encourage those that address the conference theme.
Downtown Pittsburgh itself emerged where the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forms the Ohio River. “Confluence” is exemplified by the long tradition of communication research bringing together ideas from various perspectives of communicator, message, channel, and context to better understand how humans create meaning and relationships. “Confluence” also describes the best in our interdisciplinary scholarship. Given this year’s convention theme, co-sponsorship of panels between interest groups is especially encouraged where scholarship builds on convergence between traditions.
The Convention, as always, features panels, roundtables, short courses, and programming on the Convention theme. In addition, the biennial Basic Course Conference will take place on Wednesday (April 24th) and the Third Annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) will run concurrently with the ECA convention on Friday and Saturday (April 26-27). USC papers will be accepted through December 19, 2012 to enable scholarly student papers from the fall semester to be submitted and should be submitted to that division.
Submissions to the Media Communication Group should adhere to the following guidelines:
Authors are invited to submit competitive papers on any aspect of media communication from any theoretical, methodological, or critical perspective. Excluding title page, notes, and references, papers should be no longer than 25 pages. Papers longer than 25 pages may not be reviewed.
Authors who have not presented a paper at a regional, national, or international convention should include the word "DEBUT" in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Papers authored by current undergraduate or graduate students should include the word "STUDENT" in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. (All of the paper's authors must meet the "debut" or "student" criterion for the paper to be so designated.)
Competitive papers should be submitted via e-mail as TWO MS Word files.
File #1 must include:
File #2 must include:
1. A title page with no author/s names (the second paper which will be sent out for review should include no information that identifies the author/s anywhere in this submission).
2. An abstract page (see above).
3. A statement of professional responsibility (see above).
4. The full paper and reference pages, appendixes, etc.
PANELS AND OTHER PROGRAMS
Panels should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or criticism in the area of media communication. Panels themes should attempt not to repeat session topics from past conferences. Panels are encouraged to include presenters from more than one institution. Panels must consist of a chair, paper presenters, and a respondent. Panels and other programs that could be co-sponsored with other interest groups are strongly encouraged - please send your panel to both interest groups at the same time so that those planners may manage the submission together. Please note in your email your intention to have the panel co-sponsored if that is your plan.
Panel and other program proposals should include the following:
Requests for Technology must be made at the time of submission and we will attempt to make arrangements as resources allow. Any requests made after that time cannot be honored.
Conference Absenteeism: Attendees who do not present scheduled papers should not list presentations on academic vitas. Presenters unable to attend the conference after being notified of their acceptance and presenters with last minute emergency issues preventing attendance should notify the planner as soon as possible and consider alternative presentation arrangements.
Electronic Filing Formats: Proposals must be submitted only in MS WORD. Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Submissions should be e-mailed to C. Leigh Nelson, the Media Communication Interest Group program planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be received no later than Monday, October 15, 2012. Questions can be addressed to C. Leigh Nelson at email@example.com