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The WSCA convention involves 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.

2/16/2018 to 2/19/2018
When: Friday, February 16, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, California  95054
United States
Contact: Brian Heisterkamp
(909) 537-7665

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Mindfulness - the practice of present moment awareness while remaining non-judgmental about self - and others -  has been the focus of considerable scholarly exploration. Only recently, however, have communication scholars begun to examine connections between mindfulness and communication practices, problems, and politics. The study, theory, and practice of mindfulness spans contexts and situations including managing physical and mental illness, parenting, resolving conflict in mediation settings, teaching, and maintaining focus in workplace and classroom settings.

Scholars' approach to mindfulness goes far beyond a traditional, spiritual approach to mindfulness. Indeed, scholars have been critical of the ways mindfulness has been appropriated within popular culture and portrayed by media. Consideration has been given to whether the introspective practice of mindfulness has been exploited for commercial gain.

The 2018 WSCA conference theme "Mindfulness and Communication" asks participants to think in new ways about how present-moment-awareness, non-judgment, and other mindfulness concepts including trust, attunement, patience, and acceptance influence and interact with their area of communication scholarship.


This convention theme is dedicated to presenting diverse, multi-methodological and interdisciplinary theory and research on mindfulness. Navigating the diverse pathways of mindfulness practice with an understanding of their consequences for intercultural, interpersonal, family, health, organizational, political, rhetorical, media, and other methods and interest areas of communication provides a focus for the 2018 convention theme: "Mindfulness and Communication." Conference attendees are invited to interpret the theme broadly, while focusing on the many ways that mindfulness may influence scholarship and teaching.

Brian Heisterkamp, WSCA President-Elect and 2018 Primary Program Planner

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