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ECA 2014 Convention – Media Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

ECA 2014 Convention – Media Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

105th Annual ECA Convention

Communities of Dissent: A “Lively Experiment” in 
Dialogue, Diversity, and Discourse

Providence, Rhode Island

The Omni Providence

April 23-27, 2014

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2013

Founded as a haven for religious dissenters, Providence is a city intimately shaped by discourses of disagreement. This year’s conference theme, “Communities of Dissent,” is inspired by the tradition of dissent that has marked the city’s long and notable history. Dissent can be transformational, a lively experiment in tolerance and freedom of conscience.  When accepted and encouraged, dissent can be an important monitoring force, providing correctives for unethical behavior, unfavorable decision-making, and insensitivity to others’ needs. Dissent can also be dangerous, undermining sound and orderly government, and fueling conflict and aggression.

This year’s theme explores the expression and suppression of dissent across communication contexts—relational, organizational, mediated, social, and political—and the attendant implications for such concerns as relational quality, community identification, civic engagement, public dialogue, accountability, and justice.

Submission of Completed Papers

Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements:

  1. A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author’s affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Please include the contact information for everyone who is on the paper (name, affiliation, address, phone #, & e-mail). You do NOT need to send the cover page as a separate file. **
  2. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  3. A one-page abstract on the second page.
  4.  A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.

** If the paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission of Program/Panel Proposals

Submission of program/panel proposals should include the following elements:

  1. A thematic title for the program. 
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents. 
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants. 
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation. 
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program. 
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel. 

Please send your submissions and/or inquiries to All submissions should be submitted as either a .doc/.docx, or .pdf file. Remember, the deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM.


James M Durbin
Media Communication Interest Group, Vice-Chair

Statement of Professional Responsibility

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review. If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this form prior to the paper/panel being officially programmed for presentation at the convention.

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

Come and be part of our “Lively Experiment”.