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[Commlist] CFP NJMS: Media and the Climate Crisis

Thu Apr 02 22:56:54 GMT 2020

Due to the exceptional period we are living through (to some earlier contradictions in communication about deadlines) we are reminding that the call for a special issue on

Media and the Climate Crisis

for Nordic Journal of Media Studies remains open until May 1, 2020.
We have already received a number of exiting extended abstract, but you are still welcome to submit during April. See details below.
For all inquiries and question, please email: (risto.kunelius /at/
We will notify all accepted paper authors by May 10, the latest.
Feel free to share and circulate this on relevant lists and networks!
Best wishes,
Risto Kunelius, University of Helsinki
Anna Roosvall, University of Stockholm

CALL FOR PAPERS: Nordic Journal of Media Studies 2021
Title: Media and the Climate Crisis
Special issue editor: Risto Kunelius (University of Helsinki), Anna Roosvall (Stockholm University)
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 1 May 2020
As a complex and systemic problem of collective action (in the Anthropocene), the climate crisis poses challenges on a new scale. They range from translating scientific knowledge to sustainable policy, from debating radical changes in energy supply and infrastructures to discussions of everyday consumer choices, from dialogues about identity and historical justice to the risks and scenarios of the future (which has gained ever more immediacy). Towards the end of the 2010s, the gap between hopeful scenarios and the real trajectories of climate change became increasingly severe. Politically, the short-lived optimism of the 2015 Paris Agreement waned under the pressure. As a result, national decision-making structures are weakened by a conjuncture of political polarisation where climate policies intersect with issues of immigration, identity, and inequality both between and within countries.The ambitious target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius seems to be slipping away – and the predictions of concerned scientists are increasingly pessimistic. At the same time, global media is filled with signs of the crisis: unforeseen fires, devastating floods and draughts – to name the obvious, dramatic examples – but also news of widening civic protests calling for climate action. The climate emergency poses a fundamental challenge to the media, in all its contemporary plurality. The list of questions is long. How will the climate emergency shape the media institutions we inherited from carbon-driven modernity? What kind of professional practices and forms of reporting are needed? How will the new affordances of digital media networks enhance knowledge about the risks we face and help promote sharper critique of policies? What sort of opportunities for mediated activism for and against climate action will emerge? How will people use the wide array of media forms available today to make sense of their lives in the era of climate crisis? What is – or could be – the role of media studies in shaping this future? The Nordic Journal of Media Studies is devoting its 2021 issue to cutting edge research tackling the role of the media (from social media to professional journalism and from everyday communication to high-level power politics) and the challenges of media research as a field in the context of the climate emergency. We welcome contributions with themes such as (but not limited to) the following (in no particular order):
•	The role of time and temporality in climate communication
•	Potentials and pitfalls of transnational media
•	Visual communication and new forms of climate storytelling
•	Negotiating climate justice, global inequalities, and solidarity
• Assessing different forms of knowledge and evidence (from complex models to indigenous knowledge)
•	Extreme weather and climate reporting
•	Translating between science, politics, media, and everyday practice
•	Dynamics of networked, connective action and political participation
•	Combating fake news in climate communication
• The role of political polarisation and populism – and concepts of countering them
•	New alliances of coproduction in climate communication
•	Role of language, argumentation, and rhetoric in climate coverage
•	Comparative analyses of media reporting
•	Relationships between media and climate policy (political decision making)
•	The role of publics, audiences, and public opinion – and their measurement
•	Potentials and pitfalls of targeted, strategic communication
We welcome contributions offering new empirical insight into these and other crucial nodal points of analysing, understanding, and innovating on the role of different media. The Nordic Journal of Media Studies is not committed to any particular methods, materials, or theoretical approaches. We welcome suggestions for both empirical work that focuses on key moments of the contemporary media system but also hope to publish critical theoretical work that may help us to reconceptualise the urgent challenges of communicating the climate emergency.
1 May 2020: Extended abstracts (1000 words), describing key questions, methods, data, and the phase in which the actual work is in.
10 May 2020: Notification of accepted abstracts, with feedback from editors.
15 September 2020: Deadline for full manuscripts.
Contact: Risto Kunelius, University of Helsinki. E-mail: (risto.kunelius /at/
Anna Roosvall, Stockholm University. E-mail: (anna.roosvall /at/

 About the Journal
The Nordic Journal of Media Studies is a peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to media research. The journal is a meeting place for Nordic, European, and global perspectives on media studies. The editors stress the importance of innovative and interdisciplinary research, and welcome contributions on both contemporary developments and historical topics. The journal is open for theoretical contributions and empirical research, and combinations thereof. The editors also welcome critical approaches to media studies addressing questions of power, inequality, participation, and voice. The Nordic Journal of Media Studies focuses on the interplay between media and their cultural and social contexts. We are interested in the media as industries and institutions of modern society, but also in how they are woven into the fabric of everyday life as mobile and interactive technologies. The emergence of new social networks, changes in political communication, intensified datafication and surveillance of human interaction, and new dynamics between media, popular culture, and commercial markets are important aspects of the changing relationship between media, culture, and society. The Nordic Journal of Media Studies is published once a year and each volume focuses on a particular theme. An open call invites suggestions (extended abstracts) for contributions and, on the basis of this, invitations to write full-length articles are issued. All submitted articles are subject to double-blind peer review by two external reviewers. Articles should not exceed 7,000 words, including references, and must contain an abstract of no more than 150 words. All articles submitted should be original works and must not be under consideration by other publications

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