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  • Bruno Takahashi Chair

    Michigan State University
    305 Comm. Arts & Sciences Bldg.
    MSU Campus
    East Lansing MI  48824
    Ph. 517-432-2454

  • Xinghua Li Vice Chair

    Babson College
    231 Forest Street
    Babson Park MA  02457
    Ph. 781-239-4258 

  • Julia Metag Secretary

    University of Fribourg
    Department of Communication and Media Re
    Boulevard de Perolles 90
    Fribourg   CH-1700
    Ph. +41 (0)26 300 8315  Fax +41 (0)26 300 97 62

The ICA Environmental Communication Division 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 Division 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. In 2012 we established bylaws and a full set of officers. By 2013 we had more than 180 members, and 2014 over 200 to gain Division Status. We maintain a a group web site (see link above) and discussion forums for group members in the MyICA/Organization Tools area of the ICA web site.

Democracy, Borders and Public/Political Engagement: Challenges for Environmental Communication

The 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)
Leicester, UK
June 29 - July 2, 2017, University of Leicester

Twitter: #coce2017
Email: coce2017 at theieca dot org
Conference Chair: Anders Hansen

The conference theme will explore the challenges faced by environmental communication as political landscapes and boundaries experience major upheavals and change, seemingly driven by widespread discontent with conventional politics and its institutions. Emerging divisions, fragmentation and polarization in the political landscape, as demonstrated for example in the 2016 UK referendum debate and result with regard to European Union membership, pose urgent challenges for all aspects of environmental communication. The salience of environmental concerns in political agendas is altering as previously stable agendas realign according to shifts in the political landscape and the seemingly deepening societal (political, economic and of course, environmental) divisions these reflect. While environmental disasters clearly underpin the recent forced mass migrations among other causes, they and their wider environmental implications are becoming lost in the noise of the present politics on this issue.

Such changes bring challenges to the scope, character and visibility of environmental discussion. A resurgence of nationalism and national protectionism for example raises questions over the scope of present political imaginations and their ability to discuss environmental policy from a global perspective. Further, new forms of political discourse common to these times appear to be redefining the forms in which political issues can be discussed and debated. A growing challenge for societal dialogues on environmental issues in particular, in an era of post-factual politics, is an apparent loss of ground that expert testimony and evidence-based arguments has conceded to forms of populist rhetoric stoked by anti-establishment resentment and feelings of political disenfranchisement.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, and posters on all aspects of environmental communication and practice. In particular, we encourage those that relate to the conference theme and/or address one or more of the following areas:

            • Environmental communication and public/political engagement

            • Environmental journalism in the new media environment

            • Environmental communication, social media and fragmentation in the public sphere

            • Democracy and de-politicization/politicization in environmental communication

            • Beyond news: new forms of environmental communication and engagement

            • Environmental activism and new media

            • In-equalities of discursive control/influence in the public sphere

            • Visual environmental communication

            • Extremist/populist appropriations of myths/ideologies of nature

            • Nationalism, protectionism, borders and the politics of environmental communication

            • Media, advocacy and local/global environmental change

            • The mediation of environmental crises and disasters

            • Global news and information flows in environmental communication

            • Media and global environmental change and controversy

            • Environmental crises, spin and news management

            • Tensions between nationalist politics and global environmental concerns

            • Media/social media and counter-factual environmental discourses

            • Science, evidence and credibility in the new (post-factual) media environment

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Bruno Takahashi wrote on the Divisions: Environmental Communication wall: Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference ICA 2018, Prague, Czech Republic Date: May 24, 2018 | Time: 9am-12pm | Location: TBA The Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference will bring together students working in environmental communication and similar fields with experienced scholars. We invite graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, and sustainability to submit their work. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum to connect with other scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the inaugural Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2018 ICA conference. Pre-conference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, the invited scholars will share insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research. Confirmed Faculty Participants: ● Dr. Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University (Editor-in-chief, Environmental Communication) ● Dr. Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell University (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA) ● Dr. Lauren Feldman, Rutgers University ● More TBA!! Registration: $20 Participants have to register to the pre-conference through ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference. Applications for oral or poster presentation: Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference. Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles ( or Adam M. Rainear ( Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2018 Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2018 Sponsorship: The pre-conference is sponsored by: ● Department of Communication, University of Connecticut ● Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University ● Department of Communication, Michigan State University Co-organizers: ● Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford University ● Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, University of Connecticut ● Faculty advisor: Dr. Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University (Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bruno Takahashi wrote on the Divisions: Environmental Communication wall: ICA Environmental Communication Division Dissertation Award DEADLINE: March 1st, 2018 The ICA Environmental Communication Division's dissertation award recognizes the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in environmental communication. The 2018 award will be the inaugural competition of the division. The award will be given in even-numbered years thereafter. The winner will be recognized with a certificate and cash award during the division’s business meeting at the annual conference. Nominations for the award are invited from programs and institutions granting a Ph.D. in any aspect of communication or related fields (e.g. environmental studies, political science, sociology). The rules for the competition are as follows: 1) Dissertations completed between January 1 and December 31 (inclusive) for 2 years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. For this first competition, dissertations completed AND successfully defended between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible. 2) The dissertation advisor, dissertation committee member, graduate program director, faculty colleague, or the nominee may make nominations. Nominations have to be made with a cover letter indicating the scholarly strengths of the work. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor must accompany the nomination. 3) A manuscript that summarizes the key elements of the dissertation must be submitted with all nominations. The summary must follow these guidelines: • The manuscript must not exceed 30 pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins) plus references, tables, appendix, etc. • The manuscript should clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions. • The submitted manuscript must include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. All identifying information has to be removed from the text of the paper and the file properties. • The manuscript and accompanying documents must be submitted as a single PDF document. • Full dissertations or chapters of dissertations will not be accepted for review. • Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned without undergoing review. 4) All materials must be received by February 15, 2018 and should be submitted via email to the ICA Environmental Communication Division Chair: Bruno Takahashi Michigan State University
Posted Monday, November 20, 2017
Monika Djerf-Pierre joined the group Divisions: Environmental Communication.
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017
Carie Cunningham joined the group Divisions: Environmental Communication.
Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Julia Metag joined the group Divisions: Environmental Communication.
Posted Monday, December 12, 2016

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