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106th Annual ECA Convention

Deliberation: Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 22-26, 2015
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Philly 2015: Facebook page

Deliberation is where ideas are shared in groups then debated, advanced, molded, altered, and shaped into the foundation of our democracy. The Eastern Communication Association is the oldest professional communication association in the United States and our convention in 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, a town that dates back to our first public deliberations. We strive in 2015 to honor the spirit of launching forth ideas into a public space for deliberative consideration. Thus, our theme for 2015 is “Deliberation: Philadelphia.”

Your convention planners aim to create a space where carefully crafted ideas are put forth for public consideration. We wish to highlight completed papers and deliberative, audience-drawing and audience-involved panels that may not include the convention them in their titles but encourage public consideration of ideas or debate the merit and direction of our scholarship and pedagogy. Creating this intentional space honors our location and ECA history – we hope that you will participate in our deliberations!

Our program consists of several special sessions to encourage deliberation (see the Special Events listing). We hope you will join us for:

  • WHYY/NPR Co-Sponsored Distinguished Scholars Panel (*special registration required)
  • Media/Special Broadcast Spotlight Sessions
  • Tweet of the Day
  • Wine & Spots
  • Additional events to be announced!

2015 Call for Papers

Please see the link in the drop down menu above to the 2015 Call for Papers. We encourage you to bring your research and ideas into our deliberative space! See submission details in the General Call and find links to the calls from the individual Interest Groups and links to calls for our Undergraduate Scholars’ Conference, Short Courses, Basic Course Conference, and additional programming.

A Location to Experience: Philadelphia
Our ECA 2015 Convention will take place in the heart of Philadelphia. We invite you to come early, stay late, and enjoy all that the Philly has to offer. We will regularly update the links and information about the surrounding area (let us know what interests you and we will provide you with resources!). To begin your exploration, check out:

  Begin the conversation about your research, trip, or experience on
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