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October 15, 2014 (Deadline) - Eastern Communication Association Convention Call for Participation

6 Sep 2014 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Institute of General Semantics, an affiliated association of the Eastern Communication Association, invites the submission of competitive papers, thematic program/panel proposals, or any innovative programming alternatives (e.g., roundtables, symposia, debates, open community forums, etc.) for inclusion at the 106th annual convention of the ECA.

Please note that, as an affiliated association of the ECA, the IGS is automatically granted one panel on the ECA conference program.

The 2015 convention theme, "Deliberation: Philadelphia," reflects both the rich, political history of the "city of brotherly love" and the history of the discipline of communication, with its roots in the portion of the liberal arts trivium that is rhetoric, but also its connection to the other two components of the trivium, grammar and logic. For general semanticists the theme reflects the ways in which the lessons and principles of general semantics are, in great part, intended to help us achieve, with our deliberations, positive and mutually beneficial ends.

In keeping with the convention theme, we ask that you consider papers or panel and program ideas that explore the issues and questions of deliberation – including the processes and outcomes of, and dysfunctions in deliberation, and especially the ways in which general semantics contributes to both our understanding of deliberation and the successes of our deliberations in action.

General information about the convention and the 2015 Call for Papers can be found at

In order to receive full consideration, completed papers and/or program/panel proposals must be received by October 15, 2014.

Submissions must be sent via e-mail, with attachment(s) in MS Word format, to the 2015 Program Planner: Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College - thom.gencarelli (at)

Program/panel submissions must include:

  1. A thematic title for the program/panel.
  2. The name of the Chair, and Respondent (if any). The Program Planner will not provide a panel with a Chair.
  3. The names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
  5. 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.

In addition, all submitted papers or program/panel submissions must include the following statement of professional responsibility: "In submitting the attached proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this program/panel 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."

Programs/panels submitted without this statement will not be programmed.

For any additional information regarding this CFP, please contact the Institute of General Semantics Program Planner:

Thom Gencarelli
Communication Department
Manhattan College
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471

718-862-3846 (FAX)
thom.gencarelli (at)

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Phone: +1 (201) 745-3693
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