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)
June 29 - July 2, 2017, University of Leicester
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