Call for Papers for the Performance Studies Division of Eastern Communication Association 2016

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2015
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Oral History

ECA 2016 Convention - Performance Studies IG - Call for Submissions

Performance Studies Interest Group

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2015 (midnight deadline)

The Performance Studies Interest Group invites submission of competitive papers,performances, thematic program/panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (e.g., roundtables, symposia, debates, open forums, workshops, and community programs) for the 107th annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association.

Our theme for 2016 is “(R)evolution.” Revolution and Evolution. Revolution brings to mind revolt, overthrowing old and outdated systems (often incorporating violence and struggle), an orbit around a central body, the completion of a cycle. The conference theme offers our interest group a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the revolutionary cultural and sociopolitical changes explored in Performance Studies. Areas of inquiry might include #BlackLivesMatter movement (especially salient to our location in Baltimore, MA), and Occupy Wall Street, Theatre of the Oppressed.

We wish to highlight papers and performances which offer ideas for future revolutions in Performance Studies, as well as historical reflections on how Performance Studies has evolved. Evolution encapsulates growth, development, progressive change over generations, and survival. Some areas to explore might be: evolutions in performance pedagogy and performance-based research, the increased roles of digital technologies and collaboration in Performance Studies, and Performance Studies intersections with 21st century activism. We invite you to explore the roles of performance in advocating for social justice and sparking revolutions in thought and action. We hope that you will join us in shaping how the Performance Studies Interest Group will evolve in the future, and in exploring revolutions in performance, praxis, and pedagogy.

In keeping with the 2016 convention theme, we ask you to consider papers, performances, thematic panels, workshops, and other programs that explore the questions and issues related to revolution and evolution in Performance Studies. We especially encourage co-sponsored submissions between Performance Studies Interest Groups and other Interest Groups that promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Submissions to the Interpretation and Performance Studies Interest Group must adhere to the following guidelines:

In order to receive full consideration, all completed papers and program/panel proposals must be received by Wednesday, October 15, 2015.

Submissions must be sent via email, with attachment(s) in MS Word format, to the Program Planner Lisa Weckerle at The email subject line should include the text “ECA 2016 submission” and the title of the paper/panel/program. The email text should include any requests for technology. Technology requests must be made at the time of submission or they will not be met, and these provisions are subject to availability.

All submissions must include a statement of professional responsibility (see below). Please note if the submitted materials (including previous drafts and/or similar versions) have been submitted for publication and/or delivered in the form of another “public presentation.”

Competitive Papers
Abstracts or incomplete papers are not acceptable in this category.

Submissions of completed papers should be sent via two separate Microsoft Word files:

1. The first file should include full text of the paper and the title page with the following information:

  1. Title of paper and the author(s)’ affliation, mailing addresse, telephone number, and email address
  2. 100 - 150 word abstract.
  3. If the paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

2. The second file should contain the full text of the paper and the following information:

  1. 100 - 150 word abstract.
  2. All author identifiers should be removed (excluding previous scholarly works cited in the paper and listed in the reference section).
  3. Excluding notes and references, papers should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages. Papers longer than 25 pages may not be reviewed.


  • Authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention are to include the word “Debut” on the title page.
  • Students may choose to include the word “Student” on the title page.
  • Please indicate your willingness to present your paper as a competitive paper presentation, a competitive poster presentation, or both.

Program/Panel/Performance Proposals
All program/panel submissions should be sent as single Microsoft Word file, and must include:

A.   A thematic title for the program/panel/performance.

B.   The names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of all participants (including chairs and respondents, if applicable).

We request that presenters not serve as chairs, and that chairs not serve as respondents.

C. Titles and 100 – 150 word abstracts for each paper or presentation.

D. The program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.

E.   A detailed rationale for the program/panel. If you are submitting a performance panel as a paper session or as a panel discussion, be sure to clearly indicate that the proposed session is 1) all papers, 2) all performance, or 3) a mix of presentational formats.

IMPORTANT!: Statement of Professional Responsibility

When submitting a paper or proposal for review, the following statement MUST be included. Papers, performances, and panels without this statement will not be programmed.

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.

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Inquiries for additional information about this call or about the Performance Studies Interest Group should be directed to the Program Planner, Lisa Weckerle, Kutztown University at My office phone number is 484-646-4231.

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Contact Info: 

Lisa Weckerle, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies

Kutztown University

Kutztown, PA 19530



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