2017 ECD Call for San Diego, CA
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Environmental Communication Division CPF for ICA San Diego, 2017


The Environmental Communication (EC) Division invites submissions dealing with the interplay between the environment and any level of communication (interpersonal, group, inter-group, organizational, mass, global), and in any setting (educational/instructional, leisure/gaming, economic, legal, and so forth). Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment are especially germane. Topics can include: environmental rhetoric and discourse, visual and textual representations of the natural environment in popular culture or news media, political communication on environmental issues, critical animal studies, public participation or interactions in environmental decision making, environmental campaigns and green marketing, scientific sense-making about nature, and the impact of communication technologies and communication on environmental technologies, etc.
We welcome work from any disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological focus motivated by research questions or hypotheses on environmental communication. These inquiries can be philosophical, historical, and theoretical, as well as applied, empirical, and performative. More details about our Division’s mission are available on our website: http://enviro.icahdq.org/ohana/website/index.cfm?p=67522331 and Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290772487977547/?fref=ts


We welcome the following types of submissions:
1. FULL PAPERS. Submissions will be accepted with a maximum 8,000 words plus tables, charts, and references, 10-point type minimum. Papers must also include on the cover page as well as in the electronic submission 2-4 topical keywords and at least one method keyword. Please remove all information that may identify the author(s). IMPORTANT: Papers lacking keywords or containing identifying information will *not* undergo review (we will reject the paper or, only if time allows, ask for resubmission). If you want your paper to be considered for an INTERACTIVE POSTER SESSION, please indicate so when you submit your paper.
2. PANEL PROPOSALS. Include a justification (400 words) explaining the importance of the topic, panelists’ names and background, and abstracts for each paper (150 words per paper). Also include a 75- word panel description for the conference program. Each panel can contain up to four papers. We consider panel proposals that employ novel formats to expand participation, mentor junior scholars, promote graduate student research projects, and advance similar aims. To encourage an international perspective, panel proposals with presenters from different countries will receive priority. The EC Division especially encourages participation from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Due to the competitive nature of having papers accepted in the EC Division, an individual can appear as author or coauthor in a maximum of 2 submissions. This includes both full-length papers and panel proposals. Submit papers and panel proposals electronically on ICA’s paper submission website. Deadline: 23:00 GMT on November 1, 2016.
Alternative Formats (to be directly submitted to ICA with different deadlines; *not* to be submitted to the EC Division on November 1, 2016)
3. BLUE SKY WORKSHOPS (email submission due to ICA President Paula Gardner gardnerp@mcmaster.ca by December 30, 2016). These are open conversation meetings that session chairs dedicate to specific future research challenges. Please include in your email: a session title, the name and contact information of the proposing session chair, a 120-word summary (for the conference program) and a 500-word description of the topics, goals, and planned schedule of the session (for the ICA website). Also, include requirements for interested participants, such as attendance to prior theme sessions, specific basic knowledge in a field or a method, or invitation to bring computers for joint text production.
4. MAKING & DOING EXHIBITION (submission details will be posted on ICA website; contact person Lisa Henderson lhender@comm.umass.edu). This brand new ICA event welcomes those who “make” and “do” research to propose and demonstrate their work in an onsite exhibition. Proposals will be vetted by peer review, and accepted exhibitors will install and demonstrate their work in a roughly 10x10 area during a 2-hour exhibition concurrent with the welcome reception. ICA invites proposals to exhibit research creation, art, design, media and other practice-based work such as: zines, blogs, websites, media products and artifacts (film/video, mobile, wearable, gesture-based work), online games, mapping projects, Twitter campaigns, Flickr/YouTube/Tumblr events and more. Proposals are particularly encouraged to address the conference theme of “intervention.”
Top faculty and student papers will receive recognition awards at the EC Division’s business meeting. Some student travel funding awards are available. To be eligible, student authors must indicate their status (see the EC Division web site, http://enviro.icahdq.org). In addition, see the full ICA 2017 CFP rules and regulations at http://www.icahdq.org/conf/index.asp.


• Since the EC Division has a large number of submissions, we encourage all faculty members and PhD students to volunteer to be a reviewer. If you wish to do so, please click “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” on the ICA paper submission site at the time of submitting your papers (Deadline: 23:00 GMT on November 1, 2016). Be sure to update your research interests in your 200-word ICA member profile and select 3-5 keywords that describe your subfield and your methodological and theoretical orientations. The EC Division makes reviewer assignments based on your profile and keywords. Once you are approved as a reviewer, you will be assigned 3-5 papers based on your research areas. Since reviewer comments directly influence the quality of the intellectual exchange at ICA, please try your best to provide qualitative comments, in addition to quantitative ones.
• Should you be interested in chairing any sessions, please indicate so in the “Volunteer” section of the ICA paper submission site.
If you have any questions about the ICA 2017 EC submission process, please contact Xinghua Li, the EC Division Vice Chair at xli8@babson.edu.