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WSCA 2017 Convention: Call for Participation

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By Michelle Holling, President Elect and Primary Program Planner



2017 Convention – Salt Lake City, Utah

February 18-21, 2017


Conference Theme:

Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center


Reflecting on nascent activity in social and political contexts brings to the fore various tensions: in particular, that of the margin(s) and the center. Multiple and significant strides, as well as setbacks, in society communicate particular rights, groups or populations moving from the margins to the center of a controversy. In those instances, we must inquire if what we observe are efforts to centralize marginality or efforts to marginalize the center. Similarly, for some of us, the experience of being marginalized, living on the margins, or working on/at the margins are familiar. Those experiences likely produce an array of communicative approaches and tactics of survival, regardless of the settings in which we exist.  Alternatively, our positionalities as teachers, scholars or (un/documented) citizens likely have us occupy spaces that both centralize and marginalize us. We may (un)knowingly center particular epistemologies in the classroom and in scholarship, adopt ontologies that carry the potential to shift how we study that which we do, and/or embrace pedagogies that require we rethink how marginality and the center manifest in our classrooms.


The 2017 WSCA conference theme “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center” asks participants to think in diverse and innovative ways about the relational natures of margin(ality) and center (centrality). This theme encourages us to consider the ways that centralizing marginality carries the potential to reshape how we think about, study, and teach processes of communication. When marginality is centralized, what foundational theories are we encouraged to reconsider from the position of the margins? Which, if any, approaches to communication call for marginalizing the center in order to bring to light new ways of producing scholarship? Alternatively, we might reflect upon does the center need to be marginalized? If so, in what instances and why? Finally, the conference theme asks us to think of the dialectic of margin/center as the fulcrum of communicative activity and scholarly activity.


Michelle A. Holling

WSCA President-Elect and 2017 Primary Program Planner


CALL for Competitive Papers, Program Proposals, Pre-conference Proposals, Workshop Proposals, Basic Course Conference, Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference (USRC), and Graduate Students Workshop & Graduate Programs Open House


      I.         Competitive Papers (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to interest group

    II.         Program Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to interest group

  III.         Pre-Conference Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to

  IV.         Workshop Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to

    V.         Basic Course Conference (deadline: received by 9/15/16, extended deadline) – Submit to Thomas Dunn, Basic Course Coordinator,

  VI.         Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference (USRC) (deadline: received by 12/10/16) – Submit to Marnel Niles Goins, WSCA Second Vice President,

VII.         Graduate Student Workshop – The Second Vice President organizes this event.  Interested programs may express interest by contacting Marnel Niles Goins,

VIII.         Graduate Programs Open House (deadline: received by 12/15/16) – Interested programs may reserve a table online at Contact Marnel Niles Goins, WSCA Second Vice President, and/or Heather Hundley, Executive Director, with any questions.


For specific information about submitting to interest groups, visit the WSCA website.



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