• The Institute for International Communication is now accepting submissions for paper presentations at an upcoming one-day symposium, Consumer Identities and Digital Culture. We seek transdisciplinary interpretations and critical analyses of consumption and consumer identity, broadly defined across emerging media and digital landscapes.
  • This symposium is the first in a planned series of events interrogating various aspects of consumer identity, using fans as one exemplar and catalyst for discussion. Panelists will also be invited to participate in the development of an edited volume.
  • Date, 28 March 2017
  • Submissions, 350-word abstract and brief biographical note to [email protected]
  • Submission deadline, 20 December 2016
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Potential Topics (including but not limited to):

  • Fans and fandom
  • Aspirational consumption
  • Anti-consumerism/consumer activism
  • Brand communities
  • Makers, crafters and prosumers
  • Target markets and subcultural identities
  • Cultural marketing and consumer relationships

We welcome scholarly submissions that address audience, industry, and critical/cultural perspectives and are particularly interested in the intersections thereof.

Location: St. John’s University, Queens Campus

Date: March 28, 2017

Dr. Paul Booth, associate professor of Media and Cinema studies at DePaul University and author of several books including Digital Fandom 2.0: New Media Studies (Peter Lang, 2016), Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Playing Fans: Negotiating Fandom and Media in the Digital Age (University of Iowa Press, 2015)

350-word abstract and brief biographical note by 12/20/2016 to [email protected]

Accepted panelists will be notified in mid-January.

Please address any questions to:
Candice D. Roberts
Assistant Professor of Communication
St. John’s University
[email protected]

Myles Ethan Lascity
Assistant Professor of Communication
Chestnut Hill College
[email protected]

To be registered to the conference the following fees are applicable:
Speakers: 100 Euros
Attendees: 30 Euros
USC Alumni and Staff: Free

Working Language: English

After the conclusion of the last session, participants will receive a Certificate. Unfortunately we are unable to offer bursaries to participants, but we will inform in due course about special rate hotels. Selected papers will be published in a collective book with an international publisher.