[PCST] REMINDER-Environmental Communication journal CFP: discursive constructions of climate change

Anabela Carvalho carvalho at ics.uminho.pt
Thu May 15 00:44:34 CEST 2008

Call for Papers

Discursive constructions of climate change: practices of encoding and

Call for manuscripts for special issue of
Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
Volume #3, Issue #2 (2009)

Editors: Anabela Carvalho, University of Minho; Tarla Rai Peterson, Texas
A&M University

One of the biggest challenges of the current century for governments,
corporations and citizens alike, climate change has gained a high
political, social and symbolic status worldwide. While global greenhouse
gas emissions continue to rise and proposals for mitigation are faced with
many forms of resistance, polls show widespread concern with the issue.
Over the last couple of decades, climate change has in fact acquired a
quasi-paradigmatic character, often standing for a diverse range of
problems in the relation between humans and nature. It is, therefore, a
central problem to environmental communication, and consequently to
research in this discipline.

At the core of climate change are political, social and ethical choices
with implications for the future of all peoples and all other species in
the planet. The paths ahead, the available options and the decisions on the
issue have been subjected to multiple discursive constructions and
contestations by a number of social actors. Understanding how the meanings
of climate change are constructed, reconstructed, and transformed, and
shedding light on the relation between discourses, interpretations and
social practices, are key goals for communication scholars.

We invite researchers worldwide who are working in the topic area of
climate change to submit manuscripts that analyze the meanings of the issue
in the discourses of various social actors and/or the media, or that
discuss the connections between discursive and social representations of
climate change.

How is climate change represented in discourses across the world in its
scientific, political, economic and social dimensions? To what extent do
discursive categories and language practices shape perceptions of the
problem, public engagement and political action? What can rhetorical
analysis contribute to further our understanding of political and civic
communication on climate change? These are examples of the questions that
may be addressed in this special issue of Environmental Communication.

We seek manuscripts that analyze historical contexts, material and economic
conditions, institutional settings, political initiatives, practices of
resistance, and/or the theoretical significance of discursive formations
surrounding climate change. Essays will be selected to be academically
sound, self-reflexive, intellectually innovative, and conceptually relevant
to communication on climate change.

Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word in a PC-compatible
version (Mac users, please utilize the most current versions of Word and
end your file names in ".doc") and submitted electronically as
attachments.  E-mail messages to which manuscripts are attached should
contain all authors' name and affiliations. They should indicate a
corresponding author, and include name, affiliation, e-mail address, postal
address, and voice and fax telephone numbers for that person. Manuscripts
should include an abstract of 150 words or less, including a list of five
suggested key words. Manuscripts should be prepared in 12-point font,
should be double-spaced throughout, and should not exceed 8,000 words
including references.  The journal adheres to APA Style. Manuscripts must
not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form.
Upon notification of acceptance, authors must assign copyright to Taylor
and Francis and provide copyright clearance for any copyrighted material.
For further details on manuscript submission, please refer to the
'Instructions for authors' on the journal's website.

The journal is published in English, and manuscripts must be submitted in
English. Because climate change is a global phenomenon and issue, we are
prepared to provide additional editorial assistance for manuscripts that
examine the topic in non-English speaking regions.  Manuscripts should be
emailed to <mailto:carvalho at ics.uminho.pt>carvalho at ics.uminho.pt or
<mailto:raipeterson at tamu.edu>raipeterson at tamu.edu by 29 August 2008.

Please disseminate this CFP to any colleagues that might be interested.

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