Celtic Consumer Society


Finding an Irish Voice: Reflections upon Celtic Consumer Society and Social Change, Dublin, 17 Oct 2007; Deadline 7 Sep

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The Consuming Identity CiD research Group,
Centre for Consumption Studies
(under construction)

Call for Submissions

International Workshop

“Finding an Irish Voice:
reflections upon Celtic Consumer Society and Social Change”

Wednesday 17th October 2007
Venue: Dublin City University

Keynote speakers:

Linda Scott, Oxford Saïd Business School,
Harry Bradshaw CiD Research Group

The Irish stereotype sounds like a promising character for marketers and consumer researchers alike. We are, are we not, the storyteller supremeos, the charmers, the creatives, the mythologisers and, lets face it, the salespeople par excellence? Add to this our natural tendency towards scholarly values and indeed saintliness, that is if ancient legends are to be believed, Michael O’Leary and others taking the lead in European and global markets, Bono and Geldoff push the boundaries of macromarketing possibility and we can hear the Irish voice rising from a whisper to a scream.

With such thoughts in mind, we invite submissions from the international arena to share their thoughts, papers, scholarly and saintly endeavours with us as we wonder what an Irish contribution to social theory, business practice and theories of the market and development might offer? Can one develop a distinctly Irish voice? Does thinking of matters Irish, be they historical or otherwise, help to advance scholarship in the humanities and social sciences? Does Stephen Brown’s Celtic Marketing Concept offer a viable alternative for business practices and research? What is the contribution of the Irish diaspora to global consumption, markets and culture and, in any case, what does it mean to be Irish nowadays and how has the last 30 years impacted Irish identity?

Competitve Papers, poster presentations, short videos, performance art and works in progress that address the theme of this conference are requested. We are interested in interdisciplinary contributions from a range of disciplines such as but not exclusively business, cultural and film studies, history, sociology.

CiD seeks to foster dialogue and debate among people who are interested in and concerned about the place of goods and commodities in everyday social life. CiD aims to develop knowledge of how and why consumers act, think and feel as they do. CiD encourages simultaneous theoretical and empirical examination of the meanings, practices, functions and values of consumption and the historical and social contexts in which these develop.

People affiliated with CiD bring their own perspectives on how market logic influences entertainment, music, art, nature, sport and technologies that pervade virtually all forms of social life and social interaction. CiD creates a repository of views, resources and exchange in a bid to engage an interdisciplinary interchange on consumer culture.

All submissions will be blind peer reviewed and should be made by Friday Sept 7th 2007 to either:

Dr Alan Bradshaw, School of Business & Econmics, University of Exeter

Dr Pierre McDonagh, Dublin City University Business School