CFP: Consumer Culture Conference, October 2010, Palacký University, Czech Republic

Consumer Culture Conference at the Art Centre of Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Conference Dates:  October 7-9, 2010
Deadline for Submissions:  June 5, 2010.


This sounds like a good conference to attend, even if you are not submitting a paper, or are from the business world, as they say “listeners, students, and others” are invited.

Writes the Art Center:

The aim of this international conference is to discuss key issues and themes of consumer culture as a complex and controversial phenomenon. The thematic framework of the conference will include not only the inquiry of the symbolic dimension of consumer culture, its aesthetic aspects and its impact on individual lifestyles, but also the broader social context of production and reception of consumer culture and its social, economic and environmental consequences.

The conference program will consist of five main topics:

  1. aesthetics of consumer culture
  2. critique of consumer culture
  3. consumption and social distinction
  4. research in consumer behaviour
  5. culture and marketing communication

Also included will be poster session(s), film projection, and workshop(s) led by experts in marketing and consumer behaviour research. Each topic will be introduced by an invited guest speaker: Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe), Prof. Rainer Gries (Universität Wien), Mgr. Jaroslav Cír (Unilever) and others.  The keynote speaker will be Kate Soper of London Metropolitan University.

Papers from broad areas of interest are welcomed (sociology, philosophy, psychology, cultural anthropology, ecology, cultural studies, media studies, art history, aesthetics, communication studies, etc.) as well as listeners from the business world who are involved in the production, innovation or research of consumer culture, students and others who are interested in these issues and want to share their thoughts and insights. The aim of the conference is to enable an exchange of knowledge between the academic and application spheres and to discuss this topic in public in order to prevent the “shadow science” as a consequence of the priv z on of knowledge about consumer culture and society in the commercial sector.

Invited are short CVs and abstracts up to 300 words on relevant topics (in English). Abstracts for papers or poster session are welcomed. Speakers will receive 30 minutes for presentation. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Confirmation of submission of the paper to the program will be sent by the end of June to all accepted participants. Please send abstracts to <pavel.zahradka@upmedia.cz> or <renata.sedlakova@upmedia.cz> by June 5 th 2010. For more information please visit the conference website: http://oltk.upol.cz/consumerculture

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