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ECA 2013 Convention - Call for Papers - Political Communication

Call for Papers 2013 

Political Communication Interest Group

104rd Annual Eastern Communication Association Convention

Pittsburgh, PA

Omni William Penn Hotel

April 24-28, 2013 

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012 

The Political Communication Interest Group invites submission of competitive papers, thematic panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (roundtables, symposia, debates, open forums, etc.) for the 104th ECA Annual Meeting to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

 The convention theme, “Confluence,” was chosen because increasingly work within the field of communication studies cannot be categorized into one specific sub-discipline or another.  This theme has particular resonance for political communication because much of our work can involves different levels of analysis that include a number of different subspecialties of communication studies.  This year we are looking for unique programming that does not replicate panels we have seen in the past and offers something specific to the group, has timely relevance, and elicits proactive conversations. ECA convention programming will again include short courses, poster sessions, roundtables, and workshops. Additionally, the convention will host the Third Annual McCroskey and Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference. General information on it (as well as on short courses and poster sessions) may be found at   

The Political Communication Interest Group will also sponsor the annual viewing of the year’s most popular political advertisements at “Wine and Spots”. We encourage you to schedule this event into your conference plans.  

Submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group should adhere to the following guidelines (please read carefully – those panels and papers that do not adhere will be sent back to the author for revision and must then be returned before the conference deadline to be considered… following the details listed here will help ensure a quick and efficient notification of submission status):  


Authors are invited to submit competitive papers on any aspect of political communication from any theoretical, methodological, or critical perspective. If papers have been presented in any form or version at a previous conference, accepted for publication, or delivered in another public setting, this fact should be made clear at the time of submission.  

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:

  1. A title page with the title of the paper and the following information (in this order):
  • names of all authors (in cases of multiple authorship, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention)
  • author titles (Ph.D., M.A., student, etc)
  • institutional affiliations
  • mailing addresses
  • telephone numbers
  • email addresses
  • notation of ECA membership or non-member (a waiver of fees might be available for non-academic political communication practitioners – the primary author should contact the unit’s planner)

example: John. V. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Mass Media; Department of Culture and Communication, Walker University; 511 Main Hall, Hemlock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19360; (484) 123-4567; email: (ECA member)

(Please note that no information that identifies the author/s should appear anywhere in this submission beyond the title page.)

  1. An abstract page including a 100-150 word abstract of the paper. The title of the paper should appear on the same page as this abstract.
  2. A statement of professional responsibility, as follows: “In submitting the attached paper, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper if it is accepted. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.” Papers that do not include this statement will not be programmed.
  3. The full paper and reference pages, appendixes, etc. 

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 should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or criticism in the area of political communication. Panels themes should attempt not to repeat session topics from past conferences. Panels must consist of a chair, paper presenters, and a respondent; however, rather than traditional panels roundtable discussions, symposia, debates, community programs, or other alternative formats are welcome especially as they relate to the convention theme or location. In these alternative formats, respondents may be included or omitted as appropriate. 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.

Panel and other program proposals should include the following:

  1. A thematic title for the convention program
  2. A description of the program appropriate for the convention program of no more than 75 words
  3. A detailed rationale for including the panel/program in the 2012 Political Communication convention program
  4. Participant information
  • name and affiliation of chair
  • name and affiliation of respondent (if included)
  • name and affiliation of each presenter/participant and an abstract per participant (of no more than 100 words per person) that explains and ties his or her participation to the panel and theme
  1. A single statement of professional responsibility (see above) that represents all presenters  
  2. A contact page that includes information for all participants (see above)

example: Chair: Darla Jones, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Government Responsibility, 123 Main Street, Suite 246, Washington DC, 26360; (917) 123-4567; email: (ECA non-member; political consultant)

(A waiver of fees might be available for non-academic political communication practitioners. Proposers should contact the unit’s planner.) 

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. Notices of inability to attend the conference after receiving presentation acceptance or last minute emergency issues preventing attendance should as soon as possible along with alternative presenting arrangements

Electronic Filing Formats: Proposals must be submitted only in MS WORD. Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Submissions should be e-mailed to Jason A. Edwards, the Political Communication Interest Group program planner, at  

Submissions must be received no later than Monday, October 15, 2012. Questions can be addressed to Jason A. Edwards at or (508) 531-2791.