Keynote Speaker for the 2017 WSCA Conference
Friday, November 4, 2016
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
By Michelle A. Holling, President-Elect
This is an exciting time in the conference planning stage as various dimensions of the conference are coming to fruition. That is, local hosts will coordinate several diverse activities for members, presenters in the Basic Course Conference will discuss provocative issues—perhaps marginalized ones—that arise in the basic course, and facilitators invite members to participate in one of six pre-conference workshops. In addition, members’ submissions of papers and panels indicate the vigor of our scholarship and engagement with the conference theme. As the program planner for the convention, I couldn’t be more pleased (and excited) with how the conference is coming together!
There is another element of the convention yet to be revealed which is who will deliver the keynote address? Given my conference theme, the possibilities for a keynote speaker were potentially limitless. Yet, I had in mind some parameters when selecting a speaker. Foremost, I desired a speaker whose work would exemplify the conference theme, Centralizing Marginality/Marginalizing the Center and reflect the centrality of communication to social phenomenon. Related, I sought a speaker who had the potential to advance, while possibly pushing on or against, the conference theme. In so doing, the keynote address would hold out the possibility of opening spaces for dialogue about the relational nature of margin(ality) and center (centrality). Also important was a speaker with whom interest groups and WSCA members could identify points of connection so as to continue the conversation beyond the space of the keynote address.
With those guiding considerations, the keynote speaker for the WSCA 2017 conference is Janaya Khan, international ambassador for the #BlackLivesMatter Network and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto.
Khan, known as Future in the Black Lives Matter movement, is a Black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. They will deliver the keynote on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Save the date!