February 18 - February 21
Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center
||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 communication activity and scholar activity.
All participants should send their best work to WSCA’s annual convention to be held February 18-February 21 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
– Michelle Holling, WSCA President-Elect and 2017 Primary Program Planner
CALL for Competitive Papers, Program Proposals, Pre-Conference Proposals, Workshop Proposals, Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference (USRC), and Graduate Students Workshop & Graduate Programs Open House
- Competitive Papers (deadline: received by 9/1/16) Submit to Interest Group (see below)
- Program Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) Submit to Interest Group (see below)
- Pre-Conference Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to Michelle Holling
- Workshop Proposals (deadline: received by 9/1/16) – Submit to Michelle Holling
Specific information about submitting to interest groups is listed further down on this page.
I. COMPETITIVE PAPERS
- Authors are encouraged to submit papers to the interest groups for competitive selection. Papers may employ any humanistic, scientific, and/or other methodology(ies) and may address theoretical developments, critical analyses, disciplinary issues, pedagogical issues, and/or research advancements.
Submit each paper to only one interest group. (NOTE: Not all interest groups sponsor competitive papers. Therefore, authors should contact interest group planners prior to paper submission.)
Competitive Papers should not: (1) have been presented at another conference or convention; (2) have been published; or (3) have been accepted for publication.
- Submitted papers should include the following:
- A title page that includes the paper’s title; names, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s) of all authors; and audio-visual requests. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- On a separate page, include a 100-200 word abstract of the paper (with the paper’s title appearing above the abstract);
- A maximum of 30 pages of text;
- No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page.
- Submission: Specific information about submitting to interest groups will be posted on the WSCA website at the completion of the February 2016 convention and presented in the WSCA News during April 2016.
- Research in Progress: Some interest groups sponsor “Research in Progress” Programs. Papers submitted to these programs should be so designated on the cover page and should not exceed ten pages in length. Be sure that the interest group to which you want to send your paper accepts “Research in Progress” programs before submission.
- Debut Award: The WSCA Executives Club Debut Award is made to the author (or co-authors) of a paper presented at the convention “who have not presented a paper at a state, regional, national or international convention, or published in any academic journal.” Papers presented at student-only conferences are exempt from this requirement. All authors of a co-authored paper must meet these eligibility requirements for a paper to be considered a Debut Paper. Papers eligible for the Debut Award should be marked “DEBUT” in the upper-right-hand corner of the title page. Please also indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student. Only one debut paper per interest group should be forwarded for consideration. Some interest groups also sponsor debut programs; papers need not be presented on a debut panel to be eligible for the Executives Club Debut Award.
- Competitive paper submissions must be RECEIVED by the interest-group planner NO LATER THAN Thursday, September 1, 2016. Some interest groups allow or require that papers be submitted electronically, whereas others require paper submissions. BE SURE TO CHECK THE INTEREST GROUP CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ACCEPTABLE FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, see the guidelines listed below on this page.
II. PROGRAM PROPOSALS
- Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of the sponsoring interest group. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent in a traditional conference format. However, debates, round table discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, are encouraged. Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome. Programs that relate to the convention theme, “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center,” are encouraged.
- Program proposals must contain the following:
- Thematic title of the program;
- Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of all participants;
- Title and brief description of each presentation;
- Equipment needed for the program. Equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Program proposals must be RECEIVED by the appropriate interest group planner NO LATER THAN Thursday, September 1, 2016. Some interest groups allow or require that program proposals be submitted electronically, whereas others require paper submissions. Check the interest group call for papers for the acceptable format for submission. For specific information about submitting to interest groups, see the guidelines listed below on this page.
III. PRE-CONFERENCE PROPOSALS
- Pre-conference proposals for the 2017 convention are invited. Those that relate to the general convention theme, “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center,” are encouraged.
- Pre-conferences will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017.
- Please send pre-conference proposals as an attachment within an e-mail to the Primary Program Planner, Michelle Holling. Be sure to include as much of the following information as possible:
- Title of the pre-conference
- Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of those planning the pre-conference
- A detailed (i.e., at least 1-2 page) rationale for the pre-conference
- A brief (50-75 word) description of the pre-conference for potential inclusion in the conference program
- Pre-conference leader's (or leaders') relevant expertise
- Equipment needed for the pre-conference. Please remember that equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- A call for pre-conference participation will be published in the WSCA News during the summer.
- Address any questions, comments, or concerns to the Primary Program Planner, Michelle Holling.
IV. WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
- A workshop is intended as a training or informational short course that can be presented in a three-hour or six-hour time block. A workshop topic may concern the presentation of teaching innovations; an area of research; a new theoretical perspective; the application of a body of knowledge; skill development; or another clearly focused topic. Workshop leaders are encouraged to advertise their workshops and solicit participation.
- Workshops are scheduled for the first full day of the convention, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Participants pay a modest registration fee. The fee is intended to cover only the direct costs (photocopying, materials, etc.) incurred in conducting the workshop (see E below).
- Workshops of interest to members of the Western Forensic and Argumentation Association (i.e., WFAA) are encouraged and will be programmed on Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 after completion of the WFAA tournament.
- Workshop proposals should include the following:
- Title of the workshop
- Names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and affiliations of all presenters
- A detailed (i.e., at least 1-2 page) rationale that outlines the workshop's goals
- A brief (50-75 words) outline and description of workshop activities for potential inclusion in the conference program
- Room size and configuration requested (e.g., theater seating, tables of eight, etc.)
- Equipment required for the workshop. Please remember that equipment availability is extremely limited and expensive. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- Maximum enrollment number
- Fee amount, set in accordance with WSCA policy (see below)
- Time-block requested (i.e., three hours or six hours)
- Guide to setting fees for workshop leaders: WSCA has set $5.00 as the base fee for any workshop. The first $5.00 of each registrant’s fee is designed to cover the association’s administrative costs. Any fees above $5.00 should be set at such a level as to provide reimbursement to the workshop leader(s) only for the cost of materials, equipment, and any out-of-the-ordinary expenses. Costs for audio-visual and other equipment rental and costs of producing materials for participants must be covered within the overall fee that is specified. WSCA cannot reimburse more money to a workshop leader than it receives from participant fees. Note: If a part or all of a fee is proposed as covering an individual’s expenses or as an honorarium, Mark Bergstrom, current WSCA President, must approve it prior to any commitment to the individual.
- Workshop proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Michelle Holling and must RECEIVED NO LATER THAN September 1, 2016.
Basic Course Conference
Thomas Dunn, Basic Course Conference Coordinator
The Basic Course Conference is a special event held periodically during the WSCA conference and focuses on issues in the basic communication course (broadly defined). Knowing that form and format often contribute to the viewpoints we can and cannot imagine, the 2017 Basic Course Conference will adopt a different format than previous conferences. In particular, while our many previous Basic Course Conferences have succeeded by selecting a panel of experts to speak to participants about a chosen topic, this year’s theme encourages us to think differently about center(s) and margin(s) by privileging the expertise, insights, and passions of our participants—some of whom might offer a radically different viewpoint on the Basic Course.
To this end, the BCC will invite position papers that will drive the conference structure rather than impose it from above. By relying on position papers, rather than complete scholarly papers or pre-fashioned panels, we hope to highlight subjects that do not easily fit within scholarly conventions, address topics that are not rewarded with attention in full scholarly publications, and attend to voices not afforded the time, space, or resources to conduct “research” in conventional models. In doing so, we seek to engage and embrace the entire Basic Course community (course directors, graduate teaching assistants, community college faculty, temporary or term faculty, etc.), invite conversations driven by that community's diverse interests, and raise concerted questions about the relationships between our long standing best practices and exciting outside possibilities.
Interest Group Calls for Papers
Please note that each interest group name links to the Call for Papers
Communication and Instruction
JoAnna Grant, California State University, San Bernardino
Communication Theory and Research
Miles Coleman, Seattle University
Colleen McGoff Dean, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kathleen Hunt, Iowa State University
Freedom of Speech and Legal Communication
Krista Phair, Ohlone College
Bradley Adame, Arizona State University
Richie Neil Hao, Antelope Valley College
Audrey Deterding, Northern Arizona University
Language and Social Interaction
Catherine Brooks, The University of Arizona
Michael Walker, Arizona State University
John McClellan, Boise State University
Suzanne Pullen, San Francisco State University
Rhetoric and Public Address
Tom Dunn, Colorado State University
Western Forensics and Argumentation Association
Robert Layne, University of Utah
Teresa Bergman, University of the Pacific
Marnel Niles Goins, California State University, Fresno