Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center
February 18 - February 21, 2017 Salt Lake City
Western States Communication Association holds an annual convention, often over Presidents' Day weekend in February, at a location in one of our 12 western states. The location is selected 4+ years in advance by the Executive Council, upon the recommendation of the Time and Place Committee and with input from the Legislative Assembly.
Western's conventions involve about 750 students, faculty, and practitioners experiencing close to 200 research papers, symposium, presentations, short-courses, debates, and discussions. During our convention, we also recognize and reward outstanding contributions to the communication discipline, to its scholarship and teaching, and to WSCA.
The convention begins with preconference(s) and workshops Saturday morning and afternoon. The Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference is Saturday, and the Graduate Student Workshop and Graduate Programs Open House are Saturday afternoon. The Kickoff Event and Welcome Reception are Saturday late afternoon/early evening. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (until about noon) multiple panels are held simultaneously. The Keynote Speech is Sunday morning; the famous, not-to-be-missed Sock Hop is Sunday evening, and the Convention Luncheon is Monday.
The first WSCA convention was held in 1929 in San Francisco. Conventions have been held annually since then, except for two years during World War II. The WSCA convention is where our unofficial slogan comes from: "Work hard; play hard!" We invite you to join us, and "Come West for the Best!" The 2017 conference theme is "Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center."
The President-Elect, Michelle Holling, is featuring several workshops on Saturday, February 18. If you want to participate, sign up when you preregister for the conference. If the minimum numbers are not met, the workshop may be cancelled and those who registered will be notified and refunded.
Local Host Activities
The local hosts in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah are planning fun activities for convention goers. All the events will take place on Saturday, February 18. If you want to participate, sign up when you preregister for the conference. If the minimum numbers are not met, the events will be cancelled and those who registered will be notified and refunded.