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The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), is a professional association for researchers, teachers, and practitioners in the diverse disciplines of media and communication in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The annual conference is a major event in the ANZCA calendar, and attracts delegates from across the globe.

The conference provides members with valuable professional development opportunities, including scholarly publication, networking and presentations, and learning about the latest national and international trends in media and communication research, teaching and learning. Research students are encouraged and supported to take advantage of formal and informal mentoring opportunities afforded by participation in the conference, especially the preconference research and postgraduate mentoring forum and other activities of the association.

The 2012 ANZCA Conference will be held in Adelaide at the picturesque North Terrace City West campus of the University of South Australia, 4-6 July 2012, with a pre-conference postgraduate research workshop on 3 July.

The 2012 ANZCA conference will open on Wednesday 4 July with an Indigenous Welcome to Country by Uncle Lewis O’Brien, an Aboriginal elder who, as one of the custodians of the land, will welcome and share the sacred Kaurna culture with delegates. As a multicultural society with migrants from all over the world, delegates will be treated to another sacred cultural performance by the award winning South Australian based, African dance company, Sun of Africa, led by Jean-Marc Agbogba, who is an accomplished dance artist, choreographer and musician from Ivory Coast, West Africa. Sun of Africa is a performance company passionately dedicated to the Art of dance, rhythm and music, with a fresh new take on 'Afrotonic' fitness training and drumming and colourful dance spectaculars. http://www.sunofafrica.net/ or http://www.sunofafrica.net/video/

 

Conference Theme

When the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that the world is in constant flux, and that opposites are intrinsically linked, the world did not understand him. But today we can confidently say that the only constant in our current global dispensation is change itself. We have witnessed dramatic changes since the World Wide Web became user friendly

The pace of communication technology has ensured that we can no longer step into the same river twice. Our economic values have changed from landed assets to digital assets. We have witnessed changes from media consumers to ‘produsers’. We have witnessed changes in movies from Hollywood to Bollywood and from Bollywood to Nollywood. We have witnessed news making change from rich nations to poor nations and from the elite to ordinary citizens. We have witnessed and are still witnessing the effects of people power in the gulf region through the use of social media. We have become circumspect in defining our geopolitical and spatiotemporal spaces, especially as we witness the unfolding of new political landscapes and movements.

Shifting the post or posting the shift in Global events?

The question is how have media and communication institutions been communicating these changes, and how have these changes affected the way media and communication operate in the 21st century. What other changes are we likely to witness in the near future? We are therefore interested in papers which explore the issue of change from different media and communication perspectives. For example, how has change affected public relations practices, or journalistic practices, or community and citizen media and, how have these media practices affected or influenced change?

Other Events

World Public Relations Forum:

communication without borders 18–20 November 2012, Melbourne