BEA Research Symposium
Call For Submissions

Race and Gender in Electronic Media:  Challenges and Opportunities

Faculty and Student Paper Competitions

All papers must adhere to the symposium theme—Race and Gender in Electronic Media:  Challenges and Opportunities—and must be submitted in MS Word, follow APA guidelines, and must not exceed 27 pages including references, tables, and figures, etc.  Your abstract and cover sheet should identify whether the paper’s main focus is content, audiences, or production, as described below.

All Symposium papers must be submitted online through BEA’s submission system by 11:59 pm (Eastern time) December 1, 2014. Please read the online submission instructions below, before you log in to your All Academic account.

Instructions to submit a PAPER…

1.  Log in to your All Academic account. BEA Members access All Academic with their regular BEA membership login and password.   If you forgot your BEA membership password, please click here to reset your password.

2.  Click on the link for “Submit or Edit a Paper or Panel Proposal” and then “Submit a New Paper or Panel Proposal.” Select “2015 Research Symposium: Race and Gender in Electronic Media:  Challenges and Opportunities.”

3. Select the appropriate option (Faculty or Student paper submission). Student papers must be authored solely by students.

4. Type the title & abstract. Follow the guidelines to add a title and abstract, then click continue.      

  • Your abstract or cover sheet should include a sentence explicitly stating the paper’s main focus: Media Content (focusing most closely on texts created by media organizations); Media Audiences (including media usage, effects of media, audience interpretations of media content, and studies of user-generated content); or Media Production (including studies of media organizations and the creation of content, as well as media activism, access, policy,  and regulation).

5. Add authors, if necessary.

  • Use the “Add/search for authors by last name” function to add authors and indicate whether they are presenters or non presenters.
  • If your co-author(s) aren’t BEA members or don’t have an account, have them create All Academic accounts before you begin the submission process.  It will be easier for you to search for them and link them to the paper if they have an account first.  

6. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper.

7. Making changes after submission.  You can edit and/or re-submit papers up until the deadline.

For more information on the symposium contact Heather Birks, BEA Executive Director, at
or the 2015 Symposium Chair Rebecca Ann Lind, University of Illinois at Chicago,


About the BEA Research Symposium
Since its debut in 2008, the BEA Research Symposium has become a focal point of BEA’s research community and is held in conjunction with BEA’s annual convention each April. Past symposium chairs have included the most distinguished researchers in their field and have covered cutting-edge topics in the areas of media & the social self, sports, economics, media & morality,  technopolitics, race and gender, and entertainment. The success of the Symposium launched the Electronic Media Research book series, published by Routledge. In addition to a paper competition, the day-long symposium has a series of presentations and panels led by senior scholars.