Information about breakfast 17 June

As I mentioned in a recent posting, a no-cost breakfast is available 17 June for attendees of preconferences and other events taking place at the Hilton Metropole that day.

I’ve just learned more details about it, which I want to share with each of you.

The breakfast for attendees is available 6:30 – 10:30 in Sandringham. Sandringham is located on the King’s Suite which is the third/fourth floor (west wing). I haven’t been told that there’s any special ticket or other validation you need.

Our session begins with a general welcome and overview at 9.30, with individual sessions beginning at 10.00. So, there’s plenty of time to relax at the breakfast before our events.

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Final printed program of sessions

I’ll be bringing a set of programs already printed. However, if you want to get a jump on learning about all the sessions, I’ve included here a PDF version of the printed program you can download/view/print.

[Since I first posted this, I needed to switch one room assignment: 3A is now in Meeting Room 1&2, and 3B now in Meeting Room 11&12. The new PDF linked document reflects this change.]


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Final words

As you prepare for London and the preconference, please keep these points in mind.

Find all specific day and session information here at this website. Scan back chronologically in the blog listings, or consult the menu across the top to find specific information. Of course, if you don’t find what you need, please contact either me or Robert.

Remember the primary purpose of sessions as discussion. Each paper presentation should be 3-5 minutes (of course, hardly sufficient to provide a full understanding of a research article). However, the balance of the session provides time for a discussion among session attendees about and concerning the approach illustrated by the presentations.

Under the category of “nice surprise,” I’ve been informed by ICA that all attendees to preconference sessions at the hotel on Monday 17 June have access to a free, full breakfast beginning at 6.30, courtesy of ICA and the hotel. I’m not sure of the exact location yet, but will post if/when I find out.

On the topic of food and refreshments, and due to the generosity of Routledge and its support of our preconference, we’ve arranged a very nice food/beverage service in the hotel directly following our preconference from 16.30-18.00. It includes for no charge to you a selection of hot/cold canape dishes and at least one wine/beer/cider (additional beverages are on a cash basis). Please make plans to stay so that the day’s discussions can continue in a perhaps even more relaxed setting.

Routledge will have a table in the main meeting room all day with a selection of relevant books and other materials. Feel free to spend some time with it at some point during the day. I also have invited James Driscoll (Associate Marketing Manager, Media & Communication, Routledge) to join us for either/both the morning and the social event after the sessions. Should you have any questions about the Routledge catalogue in advertising, or an idea for a book or book series, this would be a fine time and person with whom to raise it.

Should there be any final announcements, I’ll let everyone know. Both Robert and I are looking forward to a wonderful, vibrant preconference–I hope you are, too. Thanks to each of you for your energy and interest. Travel safely!

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Job at Goldsmiths: Lecturer in Media, Communications & Promotion

Lecturer in Media, Communications and Promotion

Reference Number: MAC000041
Department: Media and Communications
Type of Contract: Open-ended/Permanent
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Interview Date: Monday 3 June 2013
Closing date for applications: 10 May 2013
Salary from: £34,953 to £47,293 pa incl

Link for more information and to apply

For more information contact.
Dr Clea Bourne
Lecturer, Promotional Media

The Role

Working within the world-leading Department of Media and Communications, you will participate in the Department’s teaching programme in general including by contributing to lectures and courses to the MA Brand, Communications and Culture and MA Promotional Media and providing seminar and personal tutor support to students on those degrees.

You will be an outstanding researcher in the field with particular focus in the critical sociology of promotional culture and media. You will have an established national reputation and a developing international reputation along with a significant body of prestigious publications suitable to someone at this stage of their career. You will also be an excellent teacher and communicator and enjoy being part of a committed community of scholars and practitioners.

The Department

Goldsmiths, University of London, is proud of its reputation for innovative and challenging thinking across its wide range of disciplines. One of its major strengths is its interdisciplinary ethos – the way in which departments, centres and units interrelate to offer new perspectives and insights.

Goldsmiths’ Department of Media and Communications is one of the longest established departments for teaching and researching media in the world. Newly housed in the award winning New Academic Building, it has an internationally outstanding reputation for creative and radical thinking and practice. We are committed to a vibrant teaching programme that combines theory and practice with inter-disciplinarity and engagement with the latest developments in media, communications and cultural studies via staff research. The Department came first in RAE 2001 and fourth in RAE 2008.

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More on planning for the preconference

Because this preconference is quite different from regular ICA sessions in a number of ways, I thought it best to elaborate a bit more on what’s expected.

Robert’s and my intention is for this preconference to be a forum for the real-time exchange and exploration of ideas. While often a help in clarifying and working through an argument, sometimes writing a paper can unduly limit the range of what can be considered, too.

For this reason, and to provide authors maximum flexibility, submitting and making available an actual paper is optional for this preconference.

Whether or not a full-length paper accompanies you to the preconference, the emphasis for the sessions is on real-time discussion and exploration of ideas presented in the session. For most of us, I expect that the two-page abstract we asked for will serve just fine as a means of presenting a case to contribute to the session’s discussion.

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More on lodging

An ICA email lists some options at this late date for lodging, plus some low-cost options, too.

“The Hilton London Metropole has reached its capacity for most nights of the conference. To see if rooms are available on days you wish to attend, please call the conference hotel directly. Several overflow hotels also offer discounted room rates for attendees. If you are a student looking for a more affordable option, we suggest two: the Tune Hotel, Paddington or University Housing. Click here to learn more about student housing.”

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University of York postgrad conference on advertising and consumer culture

YorkEventPosterI just learned of this event as part of its Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum program, to take place 31 May. Submissions are now open for its  Third Annual Symposium, titled ‘Advertising and Consumer Culture’. CFP

For those of you for whom this is accessible, it sounds like a great meeting, and one that parallels in many ways the focus and goals of our preconference.

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