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WSCA 2018 Convention Theme and Call

Monday, June 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Brian Heisterkamp, President Elect

As announced in the 2017 convention program, the theme for the WSCA 2018 convention is Mindfulness and Communication. 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 setting, 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 also 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.

The graphic design for the 2018 convention is a result of a classroom assignment and competition held in the corporate identity graphic design course at CSU, San Bernardino through the support of Prof. Andrew Oakes. Each student created a unique design portfolio based upon my description of the convention theme. The design portfolio of Chris Campbell was selected, and he will be assisting me with the implementation of the design. Chris explained that his designs “encompass several themes of mindfulness and of communication. Within the abstract pattern form of the logo are representations of clarity, focus, vibration, community, and interaction. The color palette of green-blues contrasted with soft orange create a look that is as mesmerizing as it approachable.” Chris will help us execute the overall branding across multiple platforms to create an exciting, uniform visual representation for our convention.

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