Following on from the worthy precedent set last year by Helen Wilson, Tom Jagtenberg and other organisers of the ANZCA Conference hosted by Southern Cross University, we are proud to present the ‘pre-ceedings’ of the 2001 Conference hosted by Edith Cowan University. As in previous years besides the hosting University, other universities in the region have played a major role in contributing to the organisation and support of the Conference. In the case of the 2001 Conference, Curtin University and Chika Anyanwu, and Murdoch University and Mark Gibson, have been supporters and members of the organizing committee from its inaugural meeting. Lelia Green and I are grateful to them for their contribution. All four of us are also very grateful to Linda Jaunzems for the immense amount of work she has put into the Conference, especially into the refereeing and editing process for these papers. All the papers have been double blind-refereed. We are grateful to the referees for refereeing them.

The Conference theme of ‘Transdisciplinarity’ gives an opportunity for the writers and presenters of these papers to explore issues and problems outside the box of rigid disciplines. Unlike ‘interdisciplinarity’ in which different disciplines stay within their boxes and tackle an issue or problem exclusively within their terms, and ‘multidisciplinarity’ in which different disciplines make a contribution to an issue or problem, but still stay within their boxes, transdisciplinarity creates the opportunity to work from the desire to resolve problems from whatever discipline may make a contribution. Ideally there is far less personal investment in taking the high intellectual ground for ones own discipline and far more juice for exploring approaches from whatever angle that is useful and productive. The drive is not just for knowledge, but also for pragmatic intervention and constructive change.
The refereed papers address this theme. Transdiscplinarity is aided immensely by what can only be called ‘Trans-Tasmanarity’ with many New Zealanders making a wide-ranging and valuable contribution. This points to the value of ANZCA, that it can draw together researchers and writers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to tackle issues and problems that can be approached, and contributed to, from the broad field of ‘communications.’ At a time when ANZCA is going through some turmoil and self-redefinition given the hiving off its members into different disciplinary and professional groupings, it is important to re-affirm that ANZCA has a valuable role in promoting transdisciplinarity – as this Conference and preceedings do.

Rod Giblett

Judith Bernanke, Massey University at Wellington
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Tanja Dreher, University of Western Sydney
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Gerard Goggin, Southern Cross University
default  ‘Mate! Mate!’: Australian Telecommunications and its Consuming Subjects, 1988-2001 (101.43 kB)

Alison Henderson, University of Waikato
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Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington
default  Divining the Digital Divide: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of e-Business Media Coverage in New Zealand (87.23 kB)

Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington
David Barry, University of Auckland
default   The dramatistic Genre in Organisational Research: Contributions and Convergence (81.46 kB)

Deborah Jones, Victoria University of Wellington
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Colleen Mills, University of Canterbury
default  Integrating the Social, Cognitive, Physical and Affective Dimensions of Sensemaking: Making sense of communicaiton at work (75 kB)

Ken W. Parry, Victoria University of Wellington
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Frank Sligo, Massey University, New Zealand
Jocelyn Williams, Unitec Institute of Technology
default  Spectacular, Participatory, Controversial Or Consensual? Divergent perceptions of the public and public discours from philosophy and communication studies (58.21 kB)

Glen R. Spoors, Edith Cowan University
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Jocelyn Williams, Unitec Institute of Technology
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