Call for papers – Imagined Realities: Past, Present and Future

12th Annual Communication Graduate Conference
March 16-17, 2017 | Richcraft Hall, Carleton University (Ottawa)capture-decran-2016-11-16-a-20-26-38

Why do past, present and future realities captivate and fascinate? The 12th annual Communication Graduate Caucus (CGC) conference, Imagined Realities, invites us to explore how discourses and representations provide us with roadmaps into potential futures. When imagination enters communication, we get a sense of creativity, of playfulness and of persuasion. Imagination implies innovation, invention and the potential for transformation; but imagination also contributes to our ongoing anxieties, assumptions and fears of the unknown.

The conference theme, Imagined Realities, encourages submissions examining a broad range of topics and themes such as cultural memories, myths and narratives, the politics of storytelling, analyses of identity formation and the self, and tensions between the natural environment and emerging technologies. Other themes that the paper presentations may address include, but are not limited to:

• Cultural industries, cultural and media policy
• Cultural studies, digital humanities and power relations
• Digital and social media, remediation, intertextuality analysis
• Materiality vs. immateriality/authenticity vs. representation
• Risk discourse, panic studies and health communication
• Social movements, civil disobedience and digital activism
• Surveillance studies, big data, information privacy/piracy

We welcome 250-word abstract proposals for individual paper presentations and panels. Panel proposals should include both a 250-word abstract for the panel, explaining how it relates to the conference theme, and a 250-word abstract for the paper.

Please send your 250-word abstract and panel proposals to AND by JANUARY 07, 2017

Include “CGC conference submission” in the email subject line.

Upon abstract acceptance, students are encouraged to submit their papers for the Canadian Journal of Communication Student Paper Prize. To be considered for the prize, the full paper must be submitted by February 12, 2017.


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