Contemporary Publics International Symposium 24-25 February 2014

Researchers in media and communication, cultural studies, creative arts and visual ethnography, journalism and public relations, architecture and urban design; postgraduate students, educators, and emerging career researchers, are invited to attend a major international symposium held at Deakin University's Burwood Campus on 24-25 February, 2014.


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Registration closes: 31 January 2014

Venue: Richard Searby Room, HD2.006.1 in Building HD (Level 2) at Deakin University's Burwood Campus (see map)

Accommodation: options you may wish to consider (Punthill Burwood; Student Life Residences - short stay).

What is meant by the term ‘contemporary publics’ and how does that present new directions in thinking and research around the concept of ‘public’. New notions on publics come from a range of media and communication, social, political and artistic fields of inquiry. Networked publics and micro-publics arise from digital cultures and new media platforms; boundaries now blur amongst advertising, public relations and their targets in both physical and virtual space; journalists strive to redefine the role of public broadcasting within new and obsolete concepts of media. Blogs, personal websites, webzines and new forms of engagement emerge within the affordances of technology like mobile phones and within intra-organisational spheres like Facebook and Twitter.  Contemporary publics are transforming within urban, interior and installation spaces. Relentless inquiries into the new domains of public and private in the era of 21st century personalised capitalism and consumer culture reveal changing rhetorical and ideological values around of the notion of the public.

This Symposium, organised and hosted by the Persona, Celebrity, Publics (PCP) research group at Deakin University, invites participants to engage with this complex topic from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

  • John Frow, ARC Professorial Fellow, School of English, University of Sydney;
  • Tania Lewis, Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT;
  • Felicity Collins, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University;
  • Andrew Tolson, Professor of Media and Communication, School of Media and Communication, De Montfort University, UK.

Accepted papers need to be submitted in complete form to the organisers by 1 April 2014. 

A selection of the best papers from the symposium will go into an edited collection provisionally titled Contemporary Publics. Palgrave has expressed an interest in receiving the proposal for such a volume.

Kristin Demetrious and Sean Redmond
On behalf of the PCP Organising Committee


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