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ECA 2014 Convention - Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group - SECOND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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.  The 2014 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.  The 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.

The conference, as always, features panels, round tables, short courses and programming on the conference theme.  In addition, the Fourth Annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) will run concurrently with the ECA conference on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.  USC papers will be accepted through December 20, 2013, to enable scholarly student papers from the fall semester to be submitted.

Guidelines for Submission

In order to receive full consideration by the Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group, completed papers and program/panel submissions must be received no later than the close of business (Eastern time) on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Completed Papers – Only completed papers will be accepted.  Submissions of completed papers must include:

Program/Panel Proposals – Submissions of program/panel proposals must include:

Statement of Professional Responsibility

When submitting a completed paper or program/panel proposal for review, the following statement must be included.  If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this statement prior to the completed paper or program/panel proposal being officially programmed for presentation at the convention.  Completed papers and program/panel proposals that do not include the Statement of Professional Responsibility will not be programmed.

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

Technology Policy

Technology use at conventions is expensive so the Convention Planner will carefully consider any requests for technology.  Although every effort is made to provide for technology needs requested, the final decision is up to the Convention Planner.  For the complete statement about provision of technology by ECA at its conferences, please see the full text of the ECA Technology Policy.

To Submit a Completed Paper or Program/Panel Proposal

Send submissions via email, with attachments in Microsoft Word format, to Carl Hyden, the 2014 Argumentation and Forensics program planner, at

The email subject header should include the abbreviation ECA and a brief version of the title of the paper or program/panel proposal.

The email text must include any request for technology (e.g. projectors, video monitors, etc.).  No request for technology support will be met unless it is received by the program planner at the time that the completed paper or program/panel is submitted.

For additional information about the convention in general, please visit the ECA website at  The site is consistently updated as information is available.

For any additional information about this Call for Submissions, please contact the Argumentation and Forensics program planner:

Carl T. Hyden
School of Global Journalism & Communication
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD  21251
Phone: (443) 885-3744