Call for Papers

Submissions are closed.

Papers, presentations and panels that reflect on the conference theme of Creating Space in the Fifth Estate are encouraged but all papers addressing communication issues will be considered.

Creating space in the Fifth Estate

We are currently experiencing a global change that is as radical as the industrial revolution was. While we may not be able to properly see what it means clearly or have the distance as yet to give us a deep understanding of these shifts, we can still ask whether the intellectual frames we used to understand what happened at the end of the nineteenth century are still useful to us now. Taking a very broad understanding of the fifth estate this conference seeks to explore what is new and valued about the digital terrain, what we lose and what we gain, and how this process changes various forms of communication and actions we as communicators and communication scholars now need to engage with.

While the notion of the fifth estate initially referred to bloggers, journalists and other non-mainstream media outlets it may be that the place we thought outliers occupied is now itself constituting a mainstream space. We want to include all the online networks that create and share information, constitute new communities, and aid in organising social movements that take the place of those that existed in an industrialised world as well as the traditional forms that are finding their niche in the new world. As well as considering the power of journalism in all its traditional and radically new forms, we also want to remind ourselves there are other loci of power for communicators of all stripes.

  • Are possibilities of action, power and passion just as readily opened up via our engagement with film, with songs, with memes, podcasts and electronic devices whose function radically shifts what it is to be human?
  • Who do we consider we are now that interpersonal communication continues to mutate so significantly?
  • Do we still owe allegiance to the nation state and all that means for us as citizens as electronic messages dissolve borders?
  • Where is the still point in our identity as we mix ideas, values, ethics and histories that were unique but are now shared instantaneously worldwide?
  • Do the rights and duties of those who ‘take positions’ really help to address the fluid subtleties of power that occur through various communication acts?
  • How does the corporate world maintain itself as the power of consumers using social media hold it responsible in ways the corporations never imagined? How do they convince their audiences of their benefit as the public sphere exhibits a flux and dynamism they could hardly foresee even ten years ago?
  • Will those who examine creative industries give as much time to exploring the basis of those industries, i.e. creativity, as they do to policy and markets? What are the implications of doing that? Do we really co-create messages?
  • What about power and identity? How radically are they shifting shape and form?

There are many, many questions to ask and discuss as we try to create sense of what is happening around us and grope towards finding an intellectual space that helps us truly and usefully understand these shifts.

There are many more questions to be answered by communicators of all types. We invite you to explore them, report on them, bring unique perspectives to bear on them and most importantly of all, share your ideas about them with us. We hope ANZCA 2016 creates the space for that.

You are invited to submit a paper, abstract or panel proposal for inclusion in the 2016 ANZCA conference. Papers, presentations and panel proposals should be submitted by 4 March 2016 (extended to 9th March) for one of the following streams:

  • Citizenship
  • Communication Theory
  • Community Media
  • Creativity-Creative Industries
  • Cross Cultural, Interpersonal And Intercultural
  • Cultural Politics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Disability
  • Environment And Science
  • Ethics And Law
  • Games
  • Gender
  • Global Media And Development
  • Health
  • Indigeneity
  • Journalism
  • Media History
  • Media Studies
  • Mobile
  • Open
  • Organisational
  • Pedagogy
  • Political Comms
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Production

Please check the paper submission and notes on submission pages before submitting your paper, abstract or panel proposal.