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Consumer Culture Theory Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, 11-14 Jun 2009, Co-Chaired by David Wooten and Markus Giesler; Deadline 31 Jan

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Consumer Culture Theory Conference 2009
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, U.S.A.
11-14 June 2009

Conference Co-Chairs:


    David Wooten and John Branch, University of Michigan
    Markus Giesler, York University

Keynote Speakers:


    Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University
    Donna Haraway, University of California-Santa Cruz

Program Committee:

    Eric Arnould, University of Wyoming
    Eileen Fischer, York University
    Soren Askegaard, University of Southern Denmark
    Güliz Ger, Bilkent University
    Russ Belk, York University
    Jeff Murray, University of Arkansas
    Janet Borgerson, Univesity of Exeter
    Linda Price, University of Arizona
    David Crockett, University of South Carolina
    John Schouten, University of Portland
    John Deighton, Harvard University
    Jonathan Schroeder, University of Exeter


Consumer Culture Theory or CCT, as defined by Arnould and Thompson in the March 2005 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, refers to a family of theoretical perspectives which address the dynamic relationships between consumer actions, the marketplace, and cultural meanings. CCT researchers work in a variety of traditional academic disciplines, and bring with them numerous approaches and research goals. They share in common, however, a singular cultural orientation toward the study of consumers and consumption.

Now in its 4th year, the Consumer Culture Theory Conference is the premier venue for CCT researchers to gather in order to explore this shared cultural orientation. The Conference welcomes scholars from different academic disciplines with different theoretical perspectives, and it recognises— indeed revels in— the plurality of research approaches and goals.

As reflected by our keynote speakers and in various panel sessions, a key motif of this year’s conference is hybridity – the building of productive bridges between dichotomies such as local and global, theory and practice, humans and technology, and CCT and other thriving areas of investigation (TCR, anthropology, sociology, psychology, etc.).

Call for Papers:

The conference co-chairs and program committee seek submissions in the following four tracks:


  1. Papers (complete written work)
  2. Perspectives (multi-paper, special topic sessions organized around a specific theme)
  3. Posters (incomplete and early stage work)
  4. Performances (non-written work, including video, multimedia, theatre, dance, music, poetry)

The best papers will be invited to publish in a special issue of Consumption, Markets, and Culture, or, possibly, an edited book.

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2009

Notification: 3 April 2009

Submission Requirements:


  1. Papers: Competitive papers should not exceed 20 pages, including references. Submit Papers according to these guidelines:

    Page 1: Title, author, and full contact information. Indicate contact author if several authors.

    Page 2: Title and abstract (100-150 words).

    Page 3: Body of paper begins, maximum 20 pages, including references, double spaced, 1 inch margins on all sides.

    Papers must follow the current style of Consumption, Markets and Culture:

    Submit via e-mail:


  2. Perspectives: Special topic sessions should include 3 presentations and a discussant, and consider audience participation. Submit Perspectives according to these guidelines:

    Page 1: Session title, presentation titles, session chairperson, discussant, and full contact information for chairperson, discussant and each presentation.

    Pages 2: Single-spaced description of session and rationale.

    Pages 3-5: Single-spaced 500-word abstracts for each presentation.

    Submit via e-mail:


  3. Posters: Incomplete and early stage works will be presented in a poster session. Submissions for the poster session should follow these guidelines:

    Page 1: Title, author, and full contact information. Indicate contact author if several authors.

    Pages 2-3: Title and extended abstract 750-1000 words.

    Submit via e-mail:


  4. Performances: Submissions should include an abstract summarizing the presentation and providing a rationale. If the submission is a video, submit a DVD of your work. If it is multimedia, please provide a self-playing disc. For poetry and theatre, submit a word document of your work. For dancing and music, please submit video and/or audio representing your work. Presentations or performances should be no more than 30 minutes in length. For any submission in this category, include a one page document with the following information.

    Page 1: Title, author, and full contact information followed by an abstract. Indicate contact author if several authors.

    Submit via mail: Markus Giesler; Schulich School of Business; 4700 Keele Street; Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3; Canada.

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