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The ICA Environmental Communication Interest Group aims to advance research on the interplay of the environment with any level of communication and in any setting. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment are especially germane. The group welcomes work from any perspective (including critical, cultural, ethnic/minority, feminist) employing any research method motivated by sound research questions about environmental communication.
The group seeks to foster a relationship with other scholarly environmental communication associations to forge global ties among academics and practitioners of environmental communication to increase research, education, funding, and publication opportunities.
The Environmental Communication Interest Group is also a vehicle for advancing the Greening of ICA in the areas of scholarship and education. It will help communication scholars improve the environmental performance of their universities, the media industries, and environmental organizations. The group will support members to integrate sustainability issues into their teaching and promote research in this area.
The interest group began with it's initial meeting at ICA 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts with nearly 40 attendees. We maintain a wikispace for collaboration and archiving of group documents at http://ica-ec-ig.wikispaces.com/ and a group web site is http://enviro.icahdq.org/
NEWS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
The Communication Researcher’s Roles in Science and Environmental Communication
International workshop organised by the Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA
(http://www.ecrea.eu/divisions/section/id/16 and http://www.scienv-com.eu/spip.php?article102)
Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå U, Sweden (http://www.kultmed.umu.se/ecrea-sec)
Where: Clarion Hotel Gillet, Dagarbrunnsgatan 23, Uppsala, SWEDEN
For directions see: http://www.clarionhotelgillet.com/directions.aspx and the map below
When: 6 June 2013 from 9.00-15.20
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT:
Each participant (presenter and others) is asked to register before the workshop since there are limited spaces available and we need to pre-book the lunch bag (which in turn will be paid (100 SEK) directly at the conference venue). There is no workshop fee for participants. If you plan to participate send an email to Annika Egan Sjölander at email@example.com before 17 May 2013 with information about your name/affiliation and possible restrictions regarding food alternatives.
CONTENT: The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the role of the communication researcher in science and environmental projects. This type of (self)reflection is a much needed, yet on the whole overlooked or at least not sufficiently acknowledged activity among our research community. And this even if the position(s) of communication researchers often are complex and contradictory. Many science-related projects for example suggest that the main problem (for instance regarding implementation of new technologies), is that the public is uninformed and needs education. The role of the communication researcher therefore becomes to tackle the 'deficit'. Such approach can, in turn, be problematic seen from a democratic perspective where everybody’s view is equally valid or at least seen as legitimate. In environmentally related projects, on the other hand, communication researchers are themselves often motivated by a will to change or to improve actual situations (for people and the environment), if not to solve practical problems. Sometimes the work involves initiating communication campaigns to raise awareness about an urgent environmental issue or attempts to influence people’s behaviour, for example. But how to decide what the best way forward is and how do you combine the analytical task with practical work to solve the very same problem? How can the identities of communication scholars as researchers and as advocates be reconciled? What kinds of ethical and value-related questions do different roles raise? And lastly, to what extent can we expect potential transformative impacts from the specific perspectives, research questions and methods we start from in the framing of our research projects?
In this workshop we want to gather communication researchers with different experiences from the field of science and environmental communication and discuss their different role(s) in projects. We hope to create a space for dialogue, (self)reflection and learning among the participants and to offer an opportunity to deepen the understanding of
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