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Refereed Proceedings of the 2015 ANZCA Conference:
Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity

Welcome to the proceedings of the 2015 conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. The challenge to re-imagine concepts that are fundamental to how we relate, make sense of our symbolic and physical surroundings, and form selves describes the broad focus of ANZCA 2015. As James Carey once poignantly observed, we make maps of and for reality and then live in them. However, the question for all those interested in the power of communication, how do we free ourselves from the tyranny of past models to imagine new maps of and for reality… again?

Despite the so-called converging properties of global digital media and markets, the physical distances remain the same, and material disparities have grown considerably. Changing material and symbolic contexts and phenomena have brought new tensions and opportunities. The conference addressed a range of questions that took up these issues, including: How much of the old is there in new communication modes? How can communication research serve the vulnerable? Where are the boundaries between national security and imperial expansion and/or maintenance? How do we begin to disentangle power, propaganda and ethics in communication?

Click here for a list of the 2015 conference refereed papers with download links.

Click pdf here (8.27 MB) to download a copy of the 2015 conference handbook.

The conference took place in Queenstown, New Zealand, and was hosted by the Universities of Canterbury and Otago. It was attended by almost 200 scholars and professional guests.

The conference was financially supported by the University of Canterbury’s College of Business and Law and College of Arts, and by the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. Further sponsorship was generously provided by The Royal Society of New Zealand, Ako Aotearoa, Taylor and Francis, Internet New Zealand, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and Sage Publications.

Among the speakers who set the tone for the conference were:

  • mihi whakatau (welcome) by Mark Brunton, Kaiwhakahaere Rakahau Māori/Māori Research Manager, University of Otago

  • Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of British Columbia, who presented a keynote address on ‘Learning Networks: Rethinking spaces, structures and possibilities for learning in the 21st Century’

  • Professor François Cooren, Université de Montreal, who presented a keynote address on ‘In Medias Res: Rethinking Communication, Materiality and Existence from a Relational Approach’

  • Professor Steven Livingston, Georgetown University, who presented a keynote address on ‘Transnational Advocacy and Digital Technologies’

  • Julian Carver, investor, startup mentor, and technology innovator, who presented a keynote address on ‘A Case of Shaken Identity’

  • Amanda McKenzie, Climate Council of Australia, who led a workshop on Communicating Climate Change: Shifting the Public Narrative in a Hostile Environment.

A pre-conference postgraduate event held at the conference venue on July 7th was also well-attended by almost fifty postgraduates in conversation with senior scholars. Thanks to Alex Thong and Ying Wang for organising this event.

The launch of the ANZCA journal, Communication Research and Practice was celebrated at the conference with a cocktail event, kindly supported by the journal’s publisher, Taylor and Francis.

The following awards were made at the conference:

  • Christopher Newell Prize for best paper dealing with disability and communication, or questions of equity, diversity and social justice as pertaining to communication: F. Elizabeth Gray, Kane Hopkins and Christine Kirkwood, ‘Readable, audible, navigable: Accessible communication for the non-profit health sector’

  • PRINZ (Public Relations Institute of New Zealand) award for best public relations paper by a member: Mimi Hodis, Globally accepted practices (GAP) study: A study of New Zealand senior communication practitioners

  • President’s Award for services to ANZCA: Sue Turnbull, University of Wollongong

  • People’s Choice Award: Rachel Pietracatella and Danielle Brady, DRINK wisely Australians, but keep drinking!: A public relations framing analysis and examination of DrinkWise media release messages 2008-2014.

In addition, the Anne Dunn scholar of the year award, including a $3,000 prize supported by ANZCA, JERAA (Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia) and Anne Dunn’s family, was won by Mia Lindgren, Monash University.

ANZCA and the 2015 organising committee are proud to present these Proceedings of the 2015 ANZCA Conference. The fully refereed papers presented here have all been subject to double-blind peer review and represent the 27 streams of research presented at the conference. We thank all the presenters and authors for sharing their research here and to all those who attended for making the conference such a memorable event.

Further papers from the conference are being published elsewhere, including in special issues of Communication Research and Practice and Media International Australia.

Michael Bourk, Donald Matheson, and David Paterno, Conference Convenors, ANZCA 2015