Call for Participation – CCT Conference 2014 in Helsinki

CCT 2014

Helsinki Finland, June 26th-29th

Call For Participation


Submissions Deadline: January 15th, 2014

Notification of Accepted Works: March 30th, 2014

“The map precedes the territory.” – Jean Baudrillard

Mapping Consumer Culture: Latitudes, Legends and Declination

Latitude: 1. north-south position on the surface of the Earth; 2. width, breadth; 3. freedom of movement or choice.

Legend: 1. the key to understanding symbols on a map; 2. a story from the past, typically of an unverifiable nature.

Declination: 1. the difference in degrees between true north and magnetic north as indicated by the needle of a compass; 2. a descent or decline.

As explorers and theorists of consumer culture, CCT scholars reside and work on six continents among people as varied as the topographies they inhabit. From rustic villages to swarming cities we are cartographers of human experience as it relates to markets and consumption. As such we rely on existing maps, the legends for which are a wide latitude of theoretical perspectives. From an equally broad range of methods we also draw new maps and new legends. In all of this we must take care to reflect on our own positions with respect to that which we study. An explorer navigating by map and compass without knowing the correct magnetic declination in her location may be confident of her direction and yet end up dangerously lost. When navigating cultural landscapes and relying on language and assumptions calibrated to our own experience we also encounter declination.

In Finland’s northern latitudes the seasonal extremes of day and night color our perspectives. We have special relations with light and water. Midsummer skies never darken, and winter’s low, reflected light seems to emanate from the snow. Summer lakes become winter roads. Sauna turns water into ritual steam binding friends and family together. We also experience consumption, markets, society and government in differently diffracted light.

For 2014 CCT welcomes scholars to Helsinki from around the globe to come and share their particular consumption-culture maps, perspectives and discoveries. We welcome submissions in the following categories: completed papers, special sessions, posters of work in progress, poetry, interactive workshops, works of alternative investigation and expression, and for the firs time a CCT art gallery.

Conference Co-Chairs
John W. Schouten and Diane M. Martin
Aalto University School of Business

Program Committee
Alladi Venkatesh – University of California Irvine
Craig Thompson – University of Wisconsin
Daiane Scaraboto – Ponteficia Universidad Católica de Chile
Dannie Kjeldgaard – University of Southern Denmark
Diego Rinallo – Kedge Business School
Eric Arnould – University of Bath
Guliz Ger – Bilkent University
Hope Schau – University of Arizona
Jeff Murray – University of Arkansas
Jonathan Bean – Bucknell University
Markus Giesler – York University
Mary-Louise Caldwell – University of Sydney
Melea Press, University of Bath
Nil Ozcaglar-Toulouse – Skema Business School, University of Lille
Zeynep Arsel – Concordia University

Outreach Committee
The Conference Chairs and Program Committee seek submissions in 7 tracks.

All submissions must be novel work—that is, work that has not been presented at this or any other conference before. Detailed instructions are as follows:

1. Completed Papers
Completed papers may not exceed 22 pages total, including title page, short abstract, extended abstract, references, and any tables or figures (12 pt., double spaced, with 1 inch margins on all sides). Submission guidelines:
Page 1: Title, author(s), and full contact information. Indicate contact person in cases of multiple authors.
Page 2: Title and short abstract (100-150 words) with no author-identity information.
Page 3-22: Text, references, tables, figures, also with no author-identity information.
Please follow the current style of an appropriate target journal, e.g., Consumption Markets & Culture or Journal of Consumer Research.
Track Chairs TBA

2. Special Sessions
Proposed ninety-minute sessions should include three presentations and a discussant, have a sharp thematic focus and allow ample time for discussion. Submission guidelines:
Page 1: Session title; presentation titles; names and affiliations of session organizer, authors, session chairperson and discussant; and complete contact information for the session organizer and all authors.
Page 2: Single-spaced description of the session and its contribution rationale, with no author-identity information.
Pages 3-6: Single-spaced 750-word extended abstracts for each presentation, also with no author-identity information.
Track Chairs TBA

3. Posters
Submissions should follow these guidelines:
Page 1: Title, author(s) and full contact information for the presenter.
Pages 2-3: Title and extended abstract, 750 words, with no author-identity information. Illustrative images and figures may be included in a supplemental appendix of no more than 2 additional pages.
Track Chairs TBA

4. Alternative Modes of Investigation and Expression
Submissions may include expressive explorations or interpretations of consumer culture in such forms as dance, drama, film or video, music, song or sound. Maximum length of the work is 20 minutes. Each submission will include the work and a companion document. The document should include a title, a list of participants and creators, full contact information for at least one presenter, a summary overview of the work, a statement of how the work will contribute to an enriched understanding of consumer culture, and instructions for accessing the work for review. Please provide the work directly to the track chairs via the most appropriate and practical medium (for example, links to sites such as Vimeo or Youtube). Track chairs and reviewers must be able to access it with relative ease. A projector and speakers will be available, but presenters must provide any additional equipment they require.
Track Chairs TBA

5. Poetry
A poetry session has become a regular feature of the CCT Conference. Participating poets perform their consumer culture inspired work, and session organizers prepare a separate volume of published poetry to be handed out on site, in order for interested members of the audience to both read and listen. Submit up to five completed poems (max. five pages) directly to the track chairs for peer review. Submissions must include (1) an author page with complete contact information and the titles of the submitted poems, and (2) the poems, each beginning on a fresh page with no identifying author information.
Track Chairs TBA

6. Interactive Workshops
CCT 2013 in Tucson saw the introduction of interactive workshops or salons. We would like to continue that popular practice. Interested parties may propose any type of ninety-minute workshop they desire to conduct. Please provide a full one-to-two page description of the proposed workshop, its vision or purpose, its intended size (number of participants), the level and types of preparation that would be asked of participants, and complete contact information for the workshop organizer(s). Organizers should be prepared to promote their workshops in order to assure critical mass.
Track Chairs TBA

7. CCT Art Gallery
We seek CCT-inspired work communicated through visual aesthetic forms. Accepted submissions will be displayed in gallery format. We invite work in such forms as photography, drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media. There are no size restrictions other than what can be reasonably transported and displayed. Submit one or two entries as digital photos of your original work directly to the track curators. An entry may consist of multiple images or components with a single theme. Each submission must be accompanied by a 500-1000 word overview of the work, which describes its medium and size dimensions, how it is relevant to consumer culture, how it can enrich our understanding of theory or research, why the medium was chosen and how you would prefer your submission to be displayed.
Track Curators TBA

Track Chair Contact information TBA

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