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ECA 2021 Convention - Intercultural Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions


112th Annual Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention


Cambridge, MA

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

March 24-28, 2021

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020, 11:59 PM PST

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 112th Annual ECA Convention in. The convention theme aims to engage “Resilience” thoughtfully as a persistent response to overcoming obstacles, thriving despite challenges, and adapting to an ever-changing global landscape.  The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is devoted to the study and practice of representing, performing, and negotiating cultural identities in face-to-face interaction and mediated communication in cross-cultural and international contexts. The interest group welcomes submissions from scholars at all stages in their academic career, especially those interested in integrating theory and practice in intercultural communication research.

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. 

ECA uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work through this link: The link can also be found on ECA’s website at Attendee Interactive

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper
  • Debut Submission
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or
    presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).
    Please include the following statement with submissions: 

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

Please send your inquiries to the Intercultural Communication Interest Group Chair, Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed, at For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website

Thanks so much and I look forward to receiving your proposals!


Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D.
Chair and 2021 Program Planner
Intercultural Communication Interest Group
Eastern Communication Association 

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