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Public Relations: critical perspectives, edgework and creative futures conference - August 2015

VENUE: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

DATES: Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th August 2015

Online Registration for this event opens on 19th January 2015.
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Inquiry into public relations has become increasingly multi-faceted and reflexive. Convergent instrumentalism now exists alongside a range of alternative ideological and methodological positions and divergent explorations. Public relations has become deconstructed into a largely post-paradigmatic space. What are the effects of this shift from conformity to diversity? How do these changes compare to similar moments in adjacent disciplines? Are there feelings of loss or uncertainty, or a yearning for the return of conformity and certainty? Is there a space within which such debates can happen?

This conference seeks to reflect upon the processes that lie behind ongoing developments and to challenge settled states, to disrupt and to encourage risky explorations. It welcomes contributions inflected with historicity and those that reach into adjacent or remote locations. The conference aims to facilitate further innovations that can enrich discussion and both open out and invite in ideas, sources and inspirations from elsewhere.

The conference organizers are particularly interested in theoretical and meta-theoretical reflections that may contemplate the imaginary, spectacle, irrational dimensions, and far horizons. Contributions might reflect on the material, the symbolic and the psychic. We are looking for new ideas, methodologies, critiques and evaluations and re-evaluations of existing ideas including critical approaches themselves.

The conference is planned to coincide with the publication of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Public Relations, a significant step in the history of the academic discipline. This is a moment to take stock, to be reflexive and to be sure to embark on new and risky ventures.

At present we are expecting the following speakers to attend :

Thomas Bivins (University of Oregon, USA ), Clea Bourne (University of Goldsmiths) Pat Curtin (University of Oregon, USA ), Lee Edwards (Leeds University), Jesper Falkheimer (Lund University, Sweden), Kate Fitch (Murdoch University Australia), Jane Johnstone (Bond University), Damion Waymer (Purdue University, USA), Liz Yeomans (Leeds Beckett University).

Key Dates:

Submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 12 January 2015

Decisions: 16 February 2015

Abstracts: up to 500 words

Panel proposals: up to 2500 words detailing overall rationale for panel, proposed Chair and three/four speakers and their individual proposals.

Abstracts to be submitted to:

Jacquie L’Etang JLEtang@qmu.ac.uk and Magda Pieczka MPieczka@qmu.ac.uk.

Online Registration for this event opens on 19 th January 2015.


Accommodation:

There is no conference hotel. The conference is scheduled to take advantage of the fact that the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be running during the conference. Consequently, it will be important to book accommodation ahead. There is also accommodation on campus that is 6 minutes by train from the centre of Edinburgh.


Delegate Fees:

Registrations: EARLY BIRD (for registrations before 29th May 2015):

Standard – 2 full days £250

Standard - 1 day £125

Student – 2 full days £75

Student – 1 day £50

Registrations: NON-EARLY BIRD (for registrations after 29th May 2015):

Standard – 2 full days £300

Standard - 1 day £170

Student – 2 full days £120

Student – 1 day £75

Online Registration for this event opens on 19th January 2015.
Please use the Register button below and complete our Registration form:

Register button link to registration form


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