Redrawing boundaries - Radford hosts VACAS conference

Radford University’s School of Communication will host the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS) conference, called “Redrawing Boundaries,” on March 29-30, 2019.

The theme “Redrawing Boundaries” refers to challenging existing social boundaries to explore new boundaries that include greater inclusivity, participation and engagement. The conference website shared the following description of the theme:

“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.”

Presenters and participants will examine ways communicators can collaboratively map new borders, together.

Another goal of VACAS is to encourage undergraduate students to submit and present research.

“We’d really like to encourage students to conduct research, consider graduate school and get experience presenting their work,” said Matthew Smith, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and a key conference coordinator. “Radford University is committed to providing undergraduate research opportunities to promote academic excellence.”

In addition to traditional paper and panel presentations, a video and film panel will highlight the work of production technology students.

At this year’s conference, the prestigious Communicator of the Year award will be presented to a communication professional in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Feb 14, 2019
Sherry Wallace