Congratulations to the winners of ANZCA awards

  • Ramaswami Harindranath: Awarded the Christopher Newell Prize for Best Paper dealing with equity, diversity and social justice
  • Jessamyn Gleeson: Awarded the Grant Noble Prize for Best Student Paper
  • Pita Shelford: Awarded the People’s Choice Best Presentation
  • Janet Fulton: Awarded the President’s Service Award


Welcome to ANZCA 2016.

The School of Design, Communication and IT, the Faculty of Science and IT and the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre are proud to hold the annual conference of ANZCA and welcome you to Newcastle.

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Nobbys Beach Newcastle

The conference will be held from 6-8 July, 2016 at the beautiful University of Newcastle Callaghan campus in Australia.

A-Z of conference information (quick guide)

 Conference theme

Taking a very broad understanding of the fifth estate this conference seeks to explore what is new and valued about the digital terrain. Are these digital spaces becoming the new mainstream and, if so, how do communicators of all types find a place there?

A Wordle of ANZCA 2016 abstracts
A word cloud of ANZCA 2016 abstracts

Post-graduate and ECR pre-conference day (free event)

Our post-grad representatives, Liz Goode and Caitlin McGregor, have organised a packed day for early career researchers and post-grad students at the pre-conference event (5th July).

The focus is on networking and post-PhD opportunities with panels, keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities. Keynotes organised include Dr Inger Mewburn, who you may know as The Thesis Whisperer, and A/Prof Phillip McIntyre.

Check the post-grad and ECR page for further details or email Liz and Caitlin at anzcapreconference2016@gmail.com.

 Keynote speakers

Keynotes include Phillipa McGuiness, Joanne McCarthy, Stephen J.A.Ward, Amanda Lotz and Tony Schirato. For more details on these speakers, visit our Speakers page.

Want to get an insight into Newcastle, the city voted in 2011 as one of the top ten travel destination in the world by Lonely Planet? Then check this Out of the Square Media clip called Feel Inspired. It’s just been archived with the National Film and Sound Archive and gives you a good sense of the city.

From Lonely Planet:

Is it Australia’s most underrated city? Anyone surprised to see Newcastle on the list of 2011’s hottest cities (and there’s a few of you, right?) probably hasn’t pulled in off the Pacific Highway, or at least not for a while. Newcastle flies under the radar of Aussies and international travellers in part because it’s overshadowed by its bigger, bolder and better-known sibling, Sydney, 150km south. But, at around one-tenth the size, Australia’s second-oldest city has Sydney-like assets: surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate, and diverse dining, nightlife and arts. Not only is Newcastle ideally located just two hours by road or rail or 30 minutes by plane or seaplane from Sydney, it’s less than an hour’s drive west to the Hunter Valley wineries, south to sailboat-filled Lake Macquarie, north to whale-watching and sharkfeeding at Port Stephens and to sandboarding at Stockton Beach (the southern end of the 32km-long beach is a five-minute ferry ride across Newcastle’s harbour).

 Important dates
Call for papers/abstracts/panels opens: 1st November 2015
Submission closing date: 4th March 2016 (extended to Wednesday 9th March)
Post-graduate & ECR pre-conference event: 5th July 2016
Conference: 6th – 8th July 2016
Final papers due: 15th August 2016


Registration fees

Registrations will open on 1st May

  Early Bird 
(before May 10, 2016)
Normal Registration 
(after May 10, 2016)
Full Registration (ANZCA Member) $399 $499
Full Registration (non-ANZCA member) $499 $599
Postgraduate (ANZCA member) $289 $339
Postgraduate (non-ANZCA member) $329 $349
Conference dinner $90 $90

All the above figures are in Australian dollars.