Call for papers, ANZCA 2013 preconference

Theme: Social, Casual, Mobile: Changing Games
When: 2 July 2013, Perth, Western Australia
Keynote Speaker: Mia Consalvo, Concordia University in Montreal
Plenary Speaker: John Banks, Queensland University of Technology
Social, casual and mobile games – primarily experienced on smartphones and online social networks – are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and in the process, changing the ways in which games are designed, understood and, most importantly, played. This preconference will explore this rapidly changing gaming landscape and discuss the ludic, methodological, theoretical, economic, social and cultural challenges that these changes invoke.

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ANZCA 2013 conference keynotes and plenaries

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers Professor Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney), Professor John Hartley (Curtin University, Perth) and Professor Ang Peng Hwa (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). We would also like to announce our first plenary speaker, Dr Ashraf Grimwood, CEO of HIV/AIDS NGO Kheth'Impilo (Cape Town, South Africa).

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From Alison Henderson

Kia ora tatou- The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference will be held this year in Hamilton, New Zealand, from 6-8 July, hosted jointly by the Department of Management Communication and the Screen and Media Studies Programme at The University of Waikato.
The conference has attracted excellent international support with more than 230 submissions. At this stage, we have accepted just over 200 of these submissions for presentation at the conference, with 48 full papers to be included in the conference proceedings.

Submissions have come from scholars in Malaysia, Africa, Europe, and the USA, as well as Australia and New Zealand, so we look forward to hearing papers from very diverse perspectives.

Our keynote speakers for ANZCA 2011 will challenge and inspire you to reflect on the theme of this year's conference - Communication on the edge: Shifting boundaries and identities. We welcome Professor Cynthia Stohl, whose work connects several areas in organizational and group studies. She is concerned with the relationships among internal and external communication processes as they are manifest in global collaborations. Her research explores the changing communication partnerships amongst workers, management, communities, and civic and multinational organizations. Professor Stohl’s most recent work addresses a diversity of network and collective action organizations in the global context focusing specifically on the role of new communication technologies in contemporary organizing.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Maori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori and Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She has worked in the field of Maori education and health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Maori research. Professor Smith was a founding Joint Director of New Zealand's Maori Centre of Research Excellence from 2002-2007. She is from two tribes or iwi in New Zealand, Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou.

Gaylene Preston, writer, director, and producer is a long time advocate of the importance of telling New Zealand stories. Her dramatic features as well as her many documentaries combine entertainment with a strong social message. Her work has screened extensively at international festivals including Venice, Sundance, Toronto, London, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand. Gaylene has served on industry boards including the New Zealand Film Commission (1978-85) and New Zealand on Air (1999 - 2006). We are delighted to announce that conference delegates and members of the general public will be able to see a special screening of Gaylene’s most recent work, Home By Christmas, during the conference.

The ANZCA conference continues to support postgraduate and early career ANZCA delegates, and we have received excellent submissions from a number of students. The best postgraduate paper will receive the Grant Noble Award, an annual award to the value of $1,000. Postgraduate delegates can attend a pre-conference on Tuesday 5 July organised by postgraduate representatives Perrin Brown, La Trobe University, Australia, Phoebe Guo, The University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Lisa Waller, Deakin University, Australia. The goals of this mentoring workshop are for each student to come away with good understanding, knowledge, and practical skills in preparation for an academic career, and to provide feedback on the students' own research.

The theme of the conference - Communication on the edge: Shifting boundaries and identities - is deliberately open to broad interpretation. It not only captures the spirit of communication at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing world but also inspires us to consider the impact of such change on communities and organisations. This is a time for innovative approaches in media and communication to push the boundaries of traditional practices and ways of thinking. At this time of tectonic shifts in the way individuals, societies, organisations, and the media communicate, we look forward to an exciting conference programme that will extend our thinking and challenge us to consider new perspectives.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a bicultural nation, and the University of Waikato is situated on Tainui land in the heart of the Waikato region, an area that includes strong traditions in agricultural production and innovation, and is home to the Kingitanga movement and significant Maori enterprise. The intersections of innovation and tradition coupled with this bicultural heritage will be reflected in the conference programme. Delegates will be welcomed to the conference with a full Māori powhiri, and the conference programme will end with a poroporoaki (opportunity for reflection); we aim to ensure that the programme provides a complex background for discussion and debate about issues centred on the conference theme.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference. Earlybird registrations close on 23 May and final registrations are expected by 20 June. For further information about the conference please consult the conference website: or email the Conference Convenor, Dr Alison Henderson (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Conference Administrator, Patti Mitchley (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

2013 conference dates and venue

The venue for ANZCA's 2013 conference will be the ever-popular Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, WA.
The conference will run from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July. Pre- and post- events are to be announced closer to the date. Terence Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Renae Desai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are conference co-convenors for ANZCA 2013.

Future conference dates and cities are now confirmed

  • 2012 Adelaide, S.A., 4th to 6th July, Organizers Kerry Green, University of South Australia, with Chika Anyanwu, University of Adelaide

  • 2013 Perth, W.A., 3rd to 5th July, Organizers Terence Lee and Renae Desai, Murdoch University

  • 2014 Melbourne, Vic., 9th to 11th July, Organizer Diana Bossio, Swinburne University


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