CFP Intercultural Communication for Western States Communication Association (Utah)

Call for Papers and Programs
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.

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group encourages papers and programs that explore this year’s conference theme, “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center.”  Open to different topics relevant to Intercultural Communication, ICIG especially invites submissions from teachers, scholars, and practitioners who examine work within international contexts and topics that challenge Western constructs and performances of culture, identity, gender, queerness, and other identity markers in various environments.  ICIG also supports co-sponsored programs with other interest groups that consider the conference theme.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2016. Please send competitive papers and program proposals electronically to: Dr. Richie Neil Hao (Columbia College Hollywood), Chair/Program Planner, Intercultural Communication Interest Group. Email: icig.wsca [at]

A. All authors are encouraged to send their papers to the Intercultural Communication Interest Group for competitive selection. Papers should reflect the conference theme and may include research employing any methodology, theoretical developments, critical analysis as well as critiques. Please submit each paper to only one interest group. All papers should be submitted by e-mail attachment as .doc or .pdf file format to the ICIG email account (icig.wsca [at] by September 1, 2016. Your electronic submission should include two separate attachments (see B).

B. Submitted papers should include the following:
Attachment 1: Cover Page
a.     The paper’s title
b.     Names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s)
c.     Any audio-visual requests. This information should be included for each author. Equipment availability is extremely limited. See the WSCA policy on Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions in the Policies and Procedures Manual on the website
Attachment 2: Paper with all author identification removed
a.    A 100-200 word abstract of the paper (with title appearing on this page);
b.    A maximum of 30 pages of text;
c.    No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which
appears on the title page.

C. Student/Debut Papers: The Intercultural Communication Interest Group welcomes student and debut papers. If your paper is a student or debut paper please note this on the title page under the title of the paper. In addition, please indicate whether each author is a bachelors, masters, or doctoral student.

A. Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in the area of intercultural communication. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a respondent in a format traditionally presented at conferences. 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 and extend the convention theme are encouraged.

Proposals should be submitted as .doc or .pdf file to ICIG email account (icig.wsca [at] by September 1, 2016, and should include:
a. Thematic title of the panel and 150 word abstract
b. Names, addresses, phones, e-mail addresses, and affiliations of all participants
c. Up to 400 word rationale for the panel
d. Title and brief description/abstract of each presentation on the panel
e. Equipment needed for panel (keeping in mind that equipment may be limited)

If you have any questions, please contact to Dr. Richie Neil Hao (Columbia College Hollywood) at rhao [at]

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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