14th November 2012

CCT 2013, Tucson Arizona

June 13-16th, 2013

Call For Participation

Submissions Deadline: 12 a.m. EST on January 30th, 2013
Notification of Accepted Works: March 30th, 2013

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
Lisa Penãloza, Bordeaux Management School

Qualitative Workshop (June 16th-18th)

Program Co-Chairs

Fleura Bardhi, Northeastern University
Robert Kozinets, York University
Diego Rinallo, Euromed, Marseille

Qualitative Workshop: The workshop will proceed immediately after the CCT conference for 2.5 days, from June 16-18. The workshop will take place at the same venue/place as the conference. This is a hands-on workshop where workshop participants will work with faculty mentors and their peers. We will offer four thematic work group sessions consisting of small groups of students and CCT faculty designed to attack specific issues such as interpretive problems, moving from data to theory and back again, moving from findings to contributions, etc. There will be time set aside for individual reflection on these sessions. Faculty will be available for additional discussion time in informal contexts. In addition there will be one or two plenary talks by senior mentors per day. These may be offered by faculty or industry professionals.

Workshop Theme: The workshop focuses on the analysis, interpretation and presentation of research based on qualitative, interpretive, ethnographic, videographic, netnographic, semiotic, and phenomenological consumer research. Consequently projects of these types are privileged. The intent is to provide a forum for work in early stages (analysis) and completed work (interpretation and representation). Methodological projects will be welcome as well as substantive projects on themes ranging from theoretical to managerially relevant issues. Scholars at any career stage are invited to participate as apprentices in this workshop.

Submission and acceptance deadline dates available soon in a separate call!

Further details of the five conference tracks and submission requirements available here