ANZCA 2017 – Call for Papers

Communication Worlds: Access, Voice, Diversity, Engagement

For those submitting full papers for consideration in the proceedings, the deadline is Monday 8 May.

What are the worlds of communication we inhabit, create, and reshape? And how can we interpret the dynamic expansions and contractions of our mediascapes?

ANZCA 2017 invites reflections on ancient, modern and future communication worlds, colonial and postcolonial worlds, activist and start-up worlds, ecologies, ecosystems and environments. We are interested in analyses of novel and emergent systems, such as the world of sensors, bots, algorithms and computer automation; historical studies of media evolution, transformation and obsolescence; or comparative studies of transnational phenomena and the scope of global social interaction.

We will also explore what is worldly (and unworldly) about communication in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and their regions—pondering how the spaces, places, locations, and times of communication zones in Asia and the Pacific relate to counterparts in other parts of the globe. Different types of ‘worlding’ enable and/or inhibit our access to, voice, participation and engagement in media and communication spheres. With this in mind we seek papers that also consider the following concepts:

  • Access: What lies in and outside these symbolic worlds? Who has access to them and who is excluded? What are the boundaries, frontiers, borders, bridges, gulfs, and federations of different communication worlds? What knowledge, skills, resources and strategies enable us to enter these worlds? What forms of presence do these environments support, and absences to they suggest?
  • Voice: Who decides, on what terms, with what consequences, who has voice in, and gets listened to, in our communication worlds? What are the design, infrastructure, technology, communication channel, repertoire, style, recommendation and preferencing decisions that shape these worlds to suit some and not others?
  • Diversity: How can we reimagine communication worlds for cultural and media diversity? What are the potential options for reformatting, rethinking, and reconfiguring policy, practice, platforms, possibilities, participation, and the politics of plenty (and scarcity), if we think communication, in all its guises and potential matters?
  • Engagement: How do we invite and recruit people to interact in our worlds? How might we gauge the depth, breadth or scope of their interests and responses, participation and contribution? And how might we understand the emerging social and power relations among distinct groups of workers—those making hardware, software, and infrastructure; professional content makers, immaterial and precarious labourers—and audiences, users, communities, publics, and others?

We welcome a wide range of submissions for papers and panel on this topic of communication worlds, spanning all areas of contemporary media and communications studies, policy, and practice.

You may submit a full paper, an abstract (oral-only presentation), or a panel proposal.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 10 March 2017 and all will be initially reviewed by the conference team in consultation with stream coordinators.

 Please note that with ALL types of submission, EasyChair will require an abstract as well as an uploaded document.

Full papers

For full papers, in the first instance authors need to submit an abstract by Friday 10 March 2017.

Full papers will go through a further step of double-blind peer review and will be eligible for inclusion in the ANZCA 2017 Conference Proceedings.

Deadline for full papers is Monday 8 May 2017. Please read the notes on submission before submitting a full paper.

If accepted for publication in the proceedings, final revised papers will be due by Monday 14 August 2017.

Oral-only papers (abstracts)

Abstracts for papers that will only be presented orally should be 250-500 words in length.

There will be no need to submit a full paper if you choose this option.

Panel proposals

The organisers strongly encourage panel proposals. A panel should comprise 3-4 speakers whose research has a strong thematic or methodological link or interaction. The proposal should include:

  1. Panel title
  2. An overall abstract (250-500 words) justifying the panel as a whole
  3. A separate abstract (250-500 words) for each proposed paper
  4. Brief biographies of each presenter (up to 100 words).

Key dates

Friday 10 March                Final submission date for abstracts (oral-only papers; and papers for proceedings) and panel proposals

Friday 10 April                 Notification of acceptance

Monday 8 May 2017        Final date for full paper submission for consideration in proceedings

Monday 14 Aug 2017      Final revised papers due

Oct-Nov 2017                     Publication of ANZCA 2017 Proceedings

Please submit your paper to one of the following streams:

Here is the full list of ANZCA Stream Convenors, with contact details (please indicate on your submission which stream you prefer.)

  • Communication Theory
  • Community Media
  • Creativity-Creative Industries
  • Cross Cultural, Interpersonal And Intercultural
  • Cultural Politics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Disability
  • Ethics And Law
  • Games
  • Screen Production
  • Gender
  • Global Media And Development
  • Health
  • Indigeneity
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Mobile
  • Open
  • Organisational
  • Pedagogy
  • Political Comms
  • Public Relations