Proceedings of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference

Communication on the Edge


Welcome to the proceedings of the 2011 conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association: Communication on the Edge.

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The conference was hosted by the University of Waikato, New Zealand, at the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton. The conference theme was deliberately open to broad interpretation, to capture the spirit of communication at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing world and inspire us to consider the impact of such change on communities and organisations. Delegates and invited speakers gathered over three days in July to consider a broad range of communication perspectives across 24 conference streams and experience the changing bicultural identity of Aorearoa New Zealand, including diverse forms of communication, Māori korero and tikanga, and communication as “performance”.

The conference opened on Wednesday morning with a whakatau, our keynote speakers were acknowledged and supported with waiata (songs) following their presentations, and wherever possible we added details that represented our Māori heritage. For example, delegates were given little taonga (treasures) representing poi used in traditional action songs, and keynote speakers received gifts handcrafted by Māori kaumatua (elders) working with us on research projects. Conference delegates were officially welcomed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Alister Jones, and we concluded the conference with a poroporoaki (de-brief) as an opportunity to reflect on the conference.

The opening keynote speaker was Professor Cynthia Stohl, University of California, Santa Barbara, whose presentation was very relevant to delegates across all streams of interest, and focused on Paradoxes of global connectivity: Boundary permeability, technological variability, and organizational durability. Our second keynote speaker was internationally renowned New Zealand film-maker Gaylene Preston, who talked about the stories behind her recent film Home by Christmas. A public screening of Home by Christmas was shown to delegates and members of the public on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning the keynote speaker was Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. Professor Smith captivated the audience with her thoughtful discussion of Kaupapa Māori – working the edges – pushing the boundaries – transforming spaces. We also had a plenary “conversation” with Tainui Stephens, an independent film and television producer, writer, director, and presenter. His comments on a range of social issues affecting bicultural development were widely appreciated by the ANZCA audience. Our final keynote speaker was Professor Michael Stohl, University of California, Santa Barbara, whose presentation focused on Terrorism, Identities, Organizations and Shifting Boundaries, a topic very relevant in today’s world.

Kerry McCallum, ANZCA President, coordinated a plenary panel that discussed Evaluating academic research: Challenges, issues, and opportunities for communication academics in new research assessment frameworks, which was of wide interest to ANZCA scholars.Two other special interest panels led by Terry Flew and Margie Comrie focused respectively on the Australian National Classification Scheme Review, and on Teaching journalism in 2011: Technologies, techniques, trials and tribulations.

The organising committee is proud to present a strong body of published work in this collection of proceedings from the 2011 ANZCA conference. Of the 134 papers presented during the three days of the conference, 44 fully refereed papers are included in this volume, each of which has been subject to double-blind peer reviewing. The papers represent the diverse research and teaching interests in which ANZCA members and delegates are engaged, across 23 conference streams including: Advertising and Communication, Age, Ageism and Elder Identities, Children and Communication, Communication and Creativity, Communication and Pedagogy, Communication Ethics, Contemporary Social Movements, Disability and Communication, Gender and Communication, Health Communication, Indigenous Media, Intercultural communication, Interpersonal communication, Journalism and News Media, Media and Citizenship, Media and Religion, Mobile, Digital and Social Media, Organisational Communication, Political Communication, Public Relations, Revisiting Documentary, Science and Environment Communication, and Sports Communication.

The following prizes and awards were presented at the 2011 Conference: Grant Noble Prize for Best Paper submitted by a Postgraduate Student (supported by the Faculty of Arts, University of New England, Australia): Kris Vavasour - Music to watch girls by: Pop songs and carnival culture at the 2007 Netball World Championships; Christopher Newell Prize for Best Paper dealing with disability and communication, or questions of equity, diversity and social justice as pertaining to communication: Frank Sligo - “Although they are looking at the words they are not actually reading”: Apprentices’ liminal literacy and literacy tutors’ dilemmas; Peoples’ Choice Best Scholarly Contribution: Amanda Bateman, Watch, listen and learn: Analysing children’s social conduct through their communication. Kris Vavasour’s paper will feature in the Australian Journal of Communication, 38(2), 2011, and the remaining papers are included in these proceedings.

We thank delegates, presenters, guest speakers, members of the organising committee and student volunteers from the University of Waikato for making the ANZCA 2011 conference such a memorable and enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing many of you again at our next conference, to be hosted by the University of Adelaide, Australia, from 4-6 July 2012. For further information about the conference, to submit a paper or register your attendance, contact the conference organizers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alison Henderson, Conference Convenor, ANZCA 2011 conference planning team

Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Communication on the edge 2011

ISSN 1448-4331

Editor: Dr Alison Henderson

Editorial Assistant: Natalia Ferrer-Roca

Refereeing Statement: All articles published in these proceedings have been double-blind peer reviewed by a minimum of two referees.

Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Australian License. To view a copy of this license, visit Creative Commons or send them a letter: Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94115, USA.

ANZCA 2011 Conference: 6-8 July, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Citing Articles from this conference: Citation style depends upon the referencing system used, but here is an example in APA style: Name, Initial. (2011). Title of article. In A. Henderson (Ed.), Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference:Communication on the edge 2011, Hamilton, New Zealand, July 6-8. ISSN 1448-4331. Available at: http://www.anzca.net/past-conferences/past-conf-index.html

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