VACAS Conference

VACAS Virginia Association of Communication Arts & Sciences: Redrawing Boundaries Conference. March 29 - 30, 2019. Hosted by Radford University School of Communications

Registration is Now Open


VACAS 2019 Fees

  • Undergraduate Student Participant- $10
  • Graduate Student Participant- $20
  • Faculty Participant- $40

There is no fee to observe the conference; however, if you would like to become a VACAS member the above fees apply.

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Pay with cash, check, or money order.

Checks and money orders to be payable to Radford University. Payments and registration forms must be postmarked by March 22, 2019. Fees can be collected at the conference; exact change only.

Driving and Parking Information

Driving Directions:

From Interstate 81, take Exit 109 onto Route 177/Tyler Avenue into Radford. Stay in the right-hand lane to turn right at the light at Jefferson Street. At the end of Jefferson Street, turn left at the light onto East Main Street. At the first light, turn right onto University Drive. Take the first left into Lot E. Permits are valid for both Lot E and Lot U (Lot U is attached to Lot E). Please be sure to place the parking permit on the dash of your vehicle. 

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Conference Theme

As a discipline keen to explore the unfolding edge of social phenomena, Communication is always poised to map new borders when it comes to social, rhetorical, media, and cultural practices. In an era of uncertainty, the discipline’s voice is one that helps to address where new territories are being laid out in every communicative practice from leadership to social media. In fact, Communication specialists should not only be charting where society is redefining its borders, but we must also be at the forefront of drawing where new boundaries need to be established, ones that encourage greater inclusivity, participation, and engagement.

The 2019 conference, “Redrawing Boundaries,” invites individual and group papers, panels and poster presentations that challenge existing social boundaries and explore new borders by connecting research and theory to Communication practice. How can we create new boundaries that include greater inclusivity, participation, and engagement? In what ways can we collaborate to broaden the mindset of existing boundaries? In this time of political and social upheaval, how can we, as practitioners, encourage and motivate others to engage in positive social change? We look forward to the conversations, hearing the research presented, and engaging with each other as we redefine our own boundaries.

VACAS itself is embracing this thrill of exploration, first by experimenting with a return to annual conferencing and second by partnering with Radford University to situate the convention towards the western edge of the Commonwealth. In redefining its own previous boundaries, VACAS hopes to inspire a conference program that similarly points towards new frontiers.

Submission Info

VACAS is no longer taking submissions for the 2019 conference. Submission guidelines for the 2019 VACAS conference are available for informational purposes.

Conference Events

We are in the process of planning an exciting and fruitful conference that will benefit all communication focused students and faculty. In addition to the traditional paper/panel presentations, we plan to have a video/film panel to showcase production technology students. Furthermore, we will be having a friendly competition amongst our universities with a Campaign-A-Thon. This fast-paced workshop, to be held on Saturday March 30th, will allow teams to put their PR/Advertising/Media Skills to the test by preparing a campaign for a business in the Commonwealth in only a few hours! There will also be a poster presentation as well as a graduate fair, allowing universities to promote their graduate programs.

Beyond these activities, we will be having a keynote speaker and present our prestigious Communicator of the Year award to a fellow colleague in Virginia.

This will be a wonderful, affordable opportunity for all undergraduate and graduate students in communication to experience, either as a presenter or attendee.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 VACAS Conference here at Radford University!

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