ANZCA’s Role and History

Established as the Australian Communication Association in 1980, the trans-Tasman character of the association was formally recognised in 1994. ANZCA 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. 

An ANZCA Dossier

The purpose of this dossier is to provide a ready reference point for details about the history of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) for members and other readers. As the organisation continues to evolve, and as memories fade, it has become apparent that there is a need for a record of some kind. A secondary purpose is to provide a focus point for the discussion of the field of Australian communication studies more broadly. While the field is not identical to the activities of the Association, the two are closely interlinked, particularly through the ANZCA annual conference and the activities of journals supported by the Association.

This is a work in progress that builds on the efforts and advice of others (sources are indicated below). It will hopefully improve as more people read and comment and will be updated in different versions. Specific gaps in the dossier are listed here, and any assistance by individuals in providing extra information is greatly appreciated. In the event of any errors, inaccuracies or omissions advance apologies are offered. Corrections, suggestions or comments can be sent to Steven Maras.

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