VI World Congress on Communication and Arts


Call For Papers

Conference Details

Projections Exhibition

Local Chairs



Tourism Information


Call For Papers

In an increasingly convergent and participatory culture, the possibilities for projecting the self onto the world, and the world onto the self, seem endless. Communications networks have erased the distances that once separated communities and societies. The boundaries between communities have become delimited by communication technologies as much as by geography, economics, and politics, to the extent that ideas of what constitutes "community" are being rethought and redefined. Parallel to these communal dimensions, the self as defined by difference is mediated by the possibilities for communication opened up by emerging technologies in an increasingly networked society.

There is also an important temporal dimension to the theme of projection. The ability to project the future and connect to the past in increasingly complex and intertextual ways has significance for the individual's sense of agency and engagement in the present. This brings new ethical and qualitative dimensions to the study of communications.

In the domain of the creative arts, the theme of projections evokes questions about the tension between the analogue media of the past and the digital media of the present and the future. How are the possibilities of representation and expression changed by a shift in materiality? How has the analogue (the mechanical projector of moving images; typewriters and handwriting; drawing and painting) been fetishized and reincorporated into the digital world of creative arts?

Paper submission:
Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract via the congress website. After the notification of acceptance of the work, the author should submit the Full Paper or the work in progress, in .DOC or .DOCX formats via the website. For more details see the template or the congress website.

The Congress topics include, but are not limited to:
Advertising Art History
Cinema Comics
Communication Theory Culture and Technology
Journalism Massive Media
Video Arts Visual Communications & Graphic Arts
Web Design Other

This conference will provide a major international forum for the exchange of information on research into and recent developments in the improvement of all Communication and Arts fields. During the Conference the integration between the worldwide market and Communication and Arts will be discussed.

Proceedings and Book of Abstracts: will be published and be available at the time of the congress. Both will be registered in ISBN with international validity.

Important dates:
Abstract Submission: 31 October, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 30 November, 2012
Camera-ready Manuscripts due and Payment of Proceedings Fee:31 January, 2013
Congress: 4-7 April, 2013
General Chair: Claudio da Rocha Brito
Congress Language: English, Spanish and Portuguese will be the official congress languages.

Conference Details

Conference: WCCA'2013 - VI World Congress on Communication and Arts
Dates: 4-7 April 2013
Theme: Projections
Venue: Deakin University Waterfront Campus , Geelong , Victoria AUSTRALIA
Call for papers: Information sheet pdf
Organized by: Science and Education Research Council (COPEC)
Promoted by: World Council on Communication and Arts (WCCA)
Host: Deakin University
Web: http://www.copec.org.br/wcca2013

Projections Exhibition

WCCA 2013: Projections - Call for artworks

Deakin University is hosting the 2013 World Congress on Communication and Arts at our Geelong Waterfront Campus from 4-7 April 2013. The theme of the 2013 Congress is "Projections", and we are calling for artworks to be included in an exhibition that will feature as a key element of the Congress. The call for artworks submission process can be seen here.

Artworks are encouraged in any medium, including but not limited to film, photography, sculpture, performance, digital media and visual art, but must respond to or engage with the “Projections” theme in an innovative and dynamic way. In particular we welcome artworks that explore:

  • Individual expression in a globalised society;
  • Redefining "community" in a networked world;
  • Renegotiating the relationship between time and space through projection;
  • New possibilities for representation brought about through emerging technologies;
  • The tensions between the analogue mediums of the past and the digital mediums of the present and the future;
  • The changing materiality of creative practices;
  • The fetishisation of past technologies and practices, and their reincorporation into the present;
  • Ethical dimensions of a networked world.

The congress is organised in conjunction with COPEC - Science and Education Research Council, and sets the world standard for communication and arts events through paper presentations, workshops and panel sessions concerning the intersections of communications and arts disciplines.

Artworks will be exhibited at a variety of installation and gallery spaces on the Deakin Waterfront campus and around the Geelong CBD (to be confirmed in response to the nature of submissions received). The exhibition will be launched at an opening event to mark the start of the Congress.

Local Chairs

David Marshall Professor P. David Marshall
Deakin University

Professor Marshall is a Chair in New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, and held the position of Head of School of Communication and Creative Arts from 2009 to 2011. Previously he has held professorial positions at Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Wollongong as well as positions at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture (Minnesota, 1997), New Media Cultures (Edward Arnold/Oxford, 2004) and the co-author of Fame Games: The Production of Celebrity in Australia (Cambridge, 2000/01), Web Theory (Routledge, 2002 with Robert Burnett), the editor of the Celebrity Culture Reader (2006), and over 60 articles and book chapters on media, new media and popular culture. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Bulgarian and Icelandic. Professor Marshall’s two principal research areas are: the study of the public personality and the study of new media forms.  His current research is a comprehensive reading of the changes from “representational” media to “presentational” media and investigates these shifts through the term “intercommunication”. His work also includes leading research in the burgeoning field of persona studies as it investigates the proliferation of the public persona from its origins in the entertainment industries. Along with many media interviews/expert commentary on major networks ( including CNN, Fox News, the ABC, BBC, CBC, NPR) and for numerous newspapers ( including the New York Times, Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and many others), Professor Marshall was the founder of the  online journal M/C  ( www.media-culture.org.au ) in 1998.


Professor Deb Verhoeven
Deakin University

Professor Verhoeven is Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University.  She has previously served in both academic and film industry positions. Until recently she wasinaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. A former CEO of the Australian Film Institute, Professor Verhoeven is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique (FIPRESCI), an Honorary Life Member of Women in Film and Television, an executive member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG), and a founding member of the Screen Economics Research Group(SERG).
Professor Verhoeven is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities in Australia. Her principal research interest lies in extending the limits of conventional film studies; exploring the intersection between cinema studies and other disciplines such as history, information management, geo-spatial science, statistics, urban studies and economics. This work is principally supported a several large national grants including; Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) a two-year project establishing a Virtual Laboratory for creative arts and humanities research funded by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources). She is also the lead on an Australian Research Council project: Only at themovies?: mapping the contemporary Australian cinema market, a project developed in collaboration with researchers at three universities. Only at the movies? is a three-year project that asks: What is the enduring appeal of cinemagoing and how is it changing? It will provide detailed analyses of formal film exhibition and distribution in Australia by combining economic, cultural and geospatial research with industry expertise.


Please register online at WCCA'2013 VI World Congress on Communication and Arts web page

Conference Program

The conference program will be announced in 2013 and will include:

The scientific program will include:

  • Workshops
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Oral presentations
  • Panels and Round-Table meetings

Social Program: Welcome Party, Congress Banquet and cultural visits are planned.

Workshops: During the Congress, some workshops will be offered.

The Full Program will be available early in 2013 on the congress website.


Tourism Information


Geelong Tourism

The conference is located in Geelong, Victoria's second largest city located 75km south west of the state capital of Melbourne. The conference venue is where the city meets the bay and sits opposite the wonderfully revitalised waterfront precinct. Geelong is also the gateway to the world famous Great Ocean Road, surrounding vineyards and beaches.

Geelong has a population of over 210,000 people. With April temperatures sitting around 25 degrees, Geelong offers a pleasant climate in which to host WCCA 2013.

Getting there

The conference venue is at the Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong VIC, one hour from Melbourne by train or car, and 15 minutes from Avalon airport (Jetstar flights from Sydney and Brisbane, Tiger Airways flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide) where there is a service to Geelong Gull Airport Services Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Geelong - Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)


Address for Correspondence

Professor, Dr. Claudio da Rocha Brito
General Chair of WCCA'2013
Rua Dom Pedro II, 54, 3rd floor, room 312.
11.010-080. Santos - SP, Brazil
Phone/fax: +55-13-3227.1898
Email: wcca2013@copec.org.br
Web: http://www.copec.org.br/wcca2013

Local Contact

Kim Barbour
Casual Academic
School of Communication & Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts & Education
Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125
Phone: +61 3 92445181
Email: kim.barbour@deakin.edu.au


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