The ANZCA 2016 Conference

Anzca Preconf 18The beautiful University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus

So the ANZCA2016 conference was held from 6-8 July, 2016 at the beautiful University of Newcastle‘s Callaghan campus in Australia. (By all means please click the ANZCA2016 logo directly below, if you would like more information about that).

ANZCA2016 annual conference

ANZCA2016 Annual Conference

Next question: What is ANZCA? (Click the ANZCA logo below, for more information on ANZCA).

And – from the ANZCA website:

ANZCA in brief
The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) brings together researchers, students, and teachers from an expanding array of communication disciplines. Established as the Australian Communication Association in 1980, the trans-Tasman character of the association was formally recognised in 1994. The Association encourages and promotes scholarship in the broad field of communication teaching and research and supports vital forums for communicating research. These include an annual conference and two journals.

Source: About ANZCA (2016)

Next question: What is The Fifth Estate ?

Here is a video of a lecture on `The Fifth Estate’, presented at Oxford University in 2007 by Professor William H Dutton, who at the time of the lecture was Professor of Internet Studies, and Director of the Oxford Internet Institute.

As it happens, Professor Dutton is now the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at at Michigan State University, where he serves as Director of the Quello Center. But as is noted in the video above, Bill was, in fact, the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford where he was founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute.

So, that’s what `The Fifth Estate’ is, in case you’re asked (i.e., see video above).

Either way, it was both a pleasure and a privelege to attend ANZCA2016 at the University of Newcastle, and congratulations to organizers, volunteers and delegates for a great conference.

Keynotes included Phillipa McGuiness, Joanne McCarthy, Stephen J.A.Ward, Amanda Lotz and Tony Schirato!

And here is a photo of me and `Julian-bot’, a telepresence robot who attended (and also, co-presented at) the conference: (Julian is the one inside the iPad)

Julian-bot and Me (JT Velikovsky) at ANZCA2016 (thanks to Yini Wang for the great photo)

“Julian-bot” and Me (i.e., Julian-Kenny-telepresence-robot, and  JT Velikovsky) at ANZCA2016 (and a big thanks to Yini Wang of UoN, for the great photo)

So, one of the final papers of the conference was delivered by Melanie James (at the conference in Newcastle) and also by Julian Kenny (Julian was in Sydney, although his telepresence robot was at ANZCA2016, in Newcastle), a paper titled: `Him, Robot: Is he present at ANZCA? If so, what rights and duties does he have?’

Also, here is a selfie I took, with Julian-bot and I, as we all mingled, after the conference.

Selfie: Julian-bot and JTV

Selfie-shot: `Julian-bot’ and JTV

So I guess that is one inalienable right that a conference delegate using a telepresence-robot has: The right to selfies.

Here is a video I recorded of that remarkable presentation:

There was also a book launch of this excellent new book, at ANZCA2016:

‘The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice’ is available at Palgrave MacMillanAmazon or Book Depository.

There is an excellent chapter in this book on creativity in screenwriting by Assoc Prof Eva Novrup Redvall:

Redvall, E. N. (2016). `Film and Media Production as a Screen Idea System’. In P. McIntyre, J. Fulton & E. Paton (Eds.), The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice (pp. 139-154). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

You can also join the ongoing discussion at The Creative System in Action blog.

Assoc Prof Dr Phillip McIntyre is also author of ‘Creativity and Cultural Production: Issues for Media Practice’ available at: http://www.amazon.com/Creativity-Cultural-Production-Issues-Practice/dp/0230272282 Assoc Prof Dr Phillip McIntyre is also Group Leader of the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) Group https://dcit.newcastle.edu.au/camr/

At any rate, here is a photo of the book-launch:


Professor Mark Balnaves presenting at the ANZCA2016 launch of the book: The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice (2016) Edited by: Phillip McIntyre (Editor), Janet Fulton (Editor), Elizabeth Paton (Editor)

The official conference photos (taken by Jenna Schofield) are of course terrific – and are at: https://www.facebook.com/ANZCAAnnualConference/

And, Pre-Conference photos on FB here.

And — below are lots of photos I took at the conference.

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The beautiful University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus


The beautiful University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus – (detail)

Q: Guess who was presenting at the ANZCA2016 Pre-Conference Conference…?

A: Assoc Prof Inger Mewburn, aka… The Thesis Whisperer-!

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Assoc Prof Inger Mewburn – aka – The Thesis Whisperer!





OMG – It’s The Thesis Whisperer ! …Also, check out The Research Whisperer (just like the Thesis Whisperer – but with more money)

Assoc Prof Mewburn mentioned that she is currently undertaking a research study of around 280 academic blogs… I am very keen to see that research!

Meanwhile – back to ANZCA2016…

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Post-PhD Careers Panel: Elizabeth, Mitch, Jonathan, Inger


Post-PhD Careers Panel: Elizabeth, Mitch, Jonathan, Inger


Assoc Prof Dr Phillip McIntyre (University of Newcastle) keynote: “What is the Fifth Estate and Why Does it Matter?: Neoliberalism, Globalisation and a Rapidly Changing World”. (This lecture will be online, so watch that space.)


Luke, Caitlin and Phillip


The University of Newcastle – outside The Great Hall


The Yellow Brick Road…

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ANZCA Interns! …Rob, Caitlin, Ashley!


More ANZCA Interns! Thandi, Rob, Jenna, Caitlin!


Still more ANZCA Intern / Volunteers! But from a slightly different angle.


We heart ANZCA2016 Volunteers & Interns!

Thanks again to Caitlin McGregor and Liz Goode – and everyone – for a great Postgrad and ECR Preconference Day @ ANZCA2016! Caitlin McGregor is also Postgraduate Representative ANZCA 2016 & PhD Candidate, at the University of Newcastle.

Then it was time for `The Big Show’…!

The ANZCA2016 3-day Conference (6th-8th July 2016)

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Copyfight ! by Phillipa McGuinness


Chika chairs a panel…

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Steven Ward and Steven Maras !

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Gemma on Fanfiction


Gemma Bothe

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Dr Elizabeth Paton on Creativity in Australian Fiction Writing (PhD thesis is online here)


Dr Judith Sandner chairs a panel… (Mark, Gemma, Elizabeth)

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ANZCA2016… it’s all a blur…


Yini Wang, in a session chaired by Chika


Lelia Green on “The Internet of Toys” and `Hello Barbie!’

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Janet Fulton, Phillip McIntyre and ANZCA2016 delegates

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Amanda Lotz

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Amanda Lotz (frame left) and Michael Meany (frame right)




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Callum McWaters

My paper was in here:

Communication, Creativity, Consilience and Cost-Benefit Ratios in Cinema by JT Velikovsky.

Here’s the slideshare PPT deck, if you missed it:

And thanks also to Distinguished Prof Stuart Cunningham and all present in the Q&A session after my paper, for all the great feedback and suggestions.

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Susan Kerrigan, Mark Balnaves, Samuel Hutchinson, Evelyn King, Phillip McIntyre and Claire Williams on “How creative, how industrial?”: Attitudes to the term “creative industries” in the Hunter Region


Dr Michael Meany chairs a session: including a presentation which referred to TEAMS (which is the STEAM acronym, very cleverly rearranged!)

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Skye Doherty

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Paul Scott and Michael Meany

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The Q&A Panel ! (just like on ABC-TV !! ) – With: Diana, Amanda, Lelia, Donald, and Stuart… and starring Felicity Biggins as `Tony Jones’ (the real-life host of Q&A on ABC-TV)

In the Q&A session, I also asked a Q of the panel:

“Are you an optimist, or a pessimist about The Fifth Estate – given, on the one hand, citizen journalism and social media can lead to an “Arab Spring” — yet also “Hello Barbie” and the Internet Of Toys may mean that everything we ever do, say (and possibly even, think) may be recorded, stored online, and owned by multinational corporations, such as say Mattel? So, H G Wells’ “world library”, or George Orwell’s “Big Brother” in 1984?”

And the panel’s excellent answers were recorded, and will be online (audio file, mp3 probably) at some point in the very near future.


Luigi Di Martino


Donald Matheson (and also – a big Thank You to Donald for hosting the conference, as President of ANZCA)


Marj Kibby


Janet Fulton and Phillip McIntyre – and a case of the Hunter Valley’s finest wines! (as gifted to ANZCA2016 speakers)

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The TV Studio at the University of Newcastle…


Marj Kibby in the TV Studio at UoN


” Rock-star” academic Tony Schirato (of `Schirato & Yell’ fame) – introduced by Mel James!




Dr Jonathon Hutchinson announcing the Conference Theme for: ANZCA2017 (@ The University of Sydney)



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Dr Susan Yell (also of `Schirato & Yell’ fame)


Flowers for Dr Janet Fulton! As Dr McIntyre looks at all that paperwork… A wonderfully organized conference!


Janet, Jenna (official conference photographer) and more wonderful ANZCA volunteers!

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Assoc Prof McIntyre chairs a session, including a paper by Jee Young Lee and Sora Park

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Sal Humphreys

And – the final presentation:


Dr Melanie James and Mr Julian Kenny (aka, `Him Robot’) at ANZCA2016

Congratulations and thank you again, to all the wonderful ANZCA2016 conference convenors and all who attended and presented, Convenors included: Drs Phillip McIntyre, Janet Fulton, Susan Kerrigan and Michael Meany.

And here are some more fun snaps I shutterbugged:

(Random Factoid: I actually did Photography as one of my subjects in my Communications undergrad degree at University of Newcastle, about 20 years ago…)


Thandi, Janet and Chika !


And… an amusing sequence with Callum McWaters and Julian-bot…

And you can play spot-the-academic-superstar: See if you can spot Amada Lotz, Chika Anwanyu, Mitch Hobbs… and a whole galaxy of stars…


A galaxy of academic stars…


And did I mention the keynotes…?


Keynote speakers at ANZCA2016

Thank you once again to all…

And, as also noted earlier:

The official conference photos (taken by Jenna Schofield) are of course, terrific – and are at: https://www.facebook.com/ANZCAAnnualConference/

Also Jenna took this great photo (thanks Jenna!)

Rob Luke and JT 2Rob, Luke and JT        (Photo by Jenna, gratuitous Picasa-VFX by JT)

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Phillip, Mitch, Liz, Harry, Clive, and JT           (Photo by Jenna Schofield, gratuitous VFX and eating of onscreen props by JTV)

P.S. – Actually, if Prof Dutton is right (in the Oxford University video at the top of this blog post) then this blog-post is actually one tiny small part of The Fifth Estate. …Hmmm.

P.P.S. Also, on the Saturday we had an informal reunion-drinks at The Lucky for some University of Newcastle Communication alumni, from about 20 years ago (Class of 1991-3):

Newy Uni Comms Reunion @ the Lucky v3

Phillip, Tinno, Lisa, Jamie, JT      (Photo by Brendan Marshall, pub by The Lucky)

P.P.P.S. – Check out Jamie’s hilarious & edgy black-comedy movie, Mikey’s Extreme Romance.

P.P.P.P.S. – Here is a 90-minute comedy feature film I made in a week, with one guy doing everything: RUNAWAY CHAINSAW – The Movie.(It’s also a useful exercise to do, for filmmaking and screenwriting students – make a whole feature film in one hot week).

Also, here’s my Transmedia Writing Blog. …If you like that sort of thing.


JT Velikovsky

High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie & Transmedia Researcher

& Evolutionary Systems Theorist

& Transmedia Writer-Director-Producer: Movies, Games, TV, Theatre, Books, Comics

Some of the above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky

JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/



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