CfP: Consumer Identities & Social Change

cross-posted from Consumer Identities

Consumer Identities and Social Change Symposium
Submission Deadline: January 10, 2019

The Institute for International Communication at St. John’s University is now accepting submissions for paper presentations at an upcoming one-day symposium, Consumer Identities and Social Change.

We seek transdisciplinary interpretations and critical analyses of consumer identity, broadly defined, across various cultural and media landscapes that address some aspect of social change. This symposium follows the 2017 installment, Consumer Identities and Digital Culture.

POTENTIAL TOPICS (including but not limited to):

— Activism and consumption

— Anti-consumerism

— Consumer identity and global issues

— Corporate social responsibility and popular culture

— Cultural marketing and consumer relationships

— Environmental responsibility, greenwashing and branding

— Grassroots media

— Historical changes in consumer culture

— The political economy of consumption


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 22, 2019


Dr. Emily West is an Associate Professor of Communication at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests are in the areas of Promotion, Technology, and Culture; Media and Cultural Studies of Health; Audiences, Users, and Consumers; and Media and Nationalism. She teaches Consumer Culture, and Audience Research & Cultural Studies. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture (Routledge, 2013), and her work has appeared in journals such as International Journal of CommunicationHealth CommunicationPopular CommunicationFeminist Media StudiesJournal of Consumer CultureInternational Journal of Cultural Studies, and Social Problems.

350-word abstract and brief biographical note by 01/10/2019 to

Accepted panelists will be notified in mid-January.

Please address any questions to:

Candice D. Roberts
Assistant Professor of Communication
St. John’s University

Myles Ethan Lascity
Assistant Professor of Fashion Media
Southern Methodist University

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