|"The Politics of Consumption/The Consumption of Politics"|
The intersection of consumer and civic culture is not only an important issue in academic circles, but animates the conversations of politicians,
social activists, and public-minded citizens. In response to these developments, we hosted a conference on October 19 - 21, 2006 entitled
"The Politics of Consumption/The Consumption of Politics." This conference was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and brougt
together leading scholars from around the world to share their research and discuss issues of media, consumption, politics, and civic life.
The conference was organized around common interests in the hope that the sharing of research insights and perspectives would encourage future
scholarly collaborations. Many of the participants in the conference will have their work published in an issue of the ANNALS, which will appear
in May 2007.