The Eastern Communication Association’s 104th Annual Convention will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel located in downtown Pittsburgh, April 24-28, 2013.
“Confluence” is the convention 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.
Planners for the convention at large and for specific interest group programming appear below. Co-sponsorship of panels between interest groups is especially encouraged, given the theme of “Confluence”. Proposals that relate to the convention theme but that do not directly relate to one of the interest group areas should be sent directly to Danette Ifert Johnson, ECA First Vice-President, firstname.lastname@example.org.