CFP: “Consumer Culture Theory: Building Community Across Borders”

8th Annual Consumer Culture Theory Conference, Tucson Arizona, June 13-16th, 2013

Submissions Deadline:  12 a.m. EST on January 30th, 2013

Send submissions to: llprice@eller.arizona.edu

Conference Theme:  Building Community Across Borders

Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) has developed into a strong, international community of scholars united by a passion in producing theoretical and practical knowledge of the co-constituting relationships among consumers; cultural meaning systems, practices, identities, and social formations; marketplace structures, ideologies, and forms of governance; and the socio-cultural, historical, and material domains and manifestations of consumption. CCT researchers hail from a multiplicity of academic disciplines and employ a diverse array of research approaches and methodological and theoretical orientations in investigating various aspects of consumer cultural phenomena.

Now approaching its 8th year, the Conference has become the premier venue for consumer culture researchers from across the spectrum of academic disciplines to come together to share their ideas, empirical insights, and theoretical interests in an engaging, cutting edge, collegial forum. The conference of 2013 returns to the U.S. after a wildly successful gathering at Oxford. Our strong presence in the UK, in building upon the momentum of previous meetings in the U.S. and as enriched by membership from over 30 nations across the world underscores the fact that CCT is not a geographically defined organization, and the chairs of the 2013 conference stress the continued global outreach of CCT in membership and breadth of research fields. We also build upon key motifs of prior conferences in incorporating innovative theoretical and methodological orientations, such as practice and assemblage theories, market devices and networks, and encouraging creative presentation technologies, such as video/netnography and poetry, while continuing to carry out the most notable distinctions of our group, namely, keeping consumer experience in consumer research and contextualizing contexts.

Inspired by our location in the American Southwest, the call for participation for the 2013 CCT conference encourages scholarly, creative submissions that explicitly acknowledge difference—for example, nationality, gender, class, ethnicity/race, age, ability, and/or mobility—and that extend previous research on the seminal constructs, processes, and activities that formulate, navigate, resist, and unite such difference in consumption or market phenomena. We are especially interested in featuring work that crosses disciplinary boundaries and that incorporates innovative interpretive research approaches and conventions, per the emerging and evolving traditions of CCT, and that draws attention to and seeks to better understand, even bridge social divisions carried out by and on behalf of consumer and marketer subjects and phenomena that mask their many similarities.

Program Co-Chairs: Linda L. Price, University of Arizona and Lisa Penãloza, Bordeaux Management School

For further information, and full call for papers, see: www.consumerculturetheory.org/news-1/cct-2013-call-for-participation