Murdoch to host prestigious communications conference

July 1, 2013

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Murdoch University is set to play host to the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association’s (ANZCA) annual conference July 3–5 at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle.

The conference will see 140 papers being presented across three days, as well as three Keynote Speakers and two Plenary Speakers, with this year’s focus being ‘Global Networks, Global Divides’.

Papers will be given on everything from the role of celebrities in election campaign communications, use of the internet by children from 0-8, data mining, the role of humour in social activism, and disability and media justice in the trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius.

Co-convenors Ms Renae Desai and Associate Professor Terence Lee from Murdoch’s School of Arts said the 2013 conference was one of the largest for the ANZCA.

“Along with Australia and New Zealand, we’ve attracted papers from India, Qatar, South Korean, Malaysia, Singapore and more,” Ms Desai said.

“The conference is set to bring together researchers, students and teachers from an ever-expanding array of communications disciplines to look at new and traditional communications challenges.

“Among these challenges is the continuing disparity between haves and have-nots, which is why we chose the theme Global Networks, Global Divides.

“The world is highly networked, but at the same time there are a lot of people who don’t have access to the technology of communication, which is why we’re interested in ideas around age, disability and disadvantage.”

One speaker who will be shedding a light on this aspect is leading Cape Town doctor, humanitarian and activist Dr Ashraf Grimwood, CEO of Kheth’Impilo South Africa.

Dr Grimwood will talk about how communication, technology, culture and politics intersect in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

The ANZCA conference will also feature two pre-conference events, both on July 2. The ANZCA 2013 Early Career Researchers forum will feature Murdoch’s Associate Professor Bev Thiele and Murdoch graduate Dr Katie Ellis and will look at the importance of getting on the research ladder quickly.

The ANZCA 2013 One-Day Pre-Conference ‘Social, Casual, Mobile: Changing Games’ will focus on gaming and features Dr Mia Consalvo, Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal.

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