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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/ helsinki.fi).
We will notify all accepted paper authors by May 10, the latest.
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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
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
• 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/ helsinki.fi)
Anna Roosvall, Stockholm University. E-mail: (anna.roosvall /at/ ims.su.se)
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
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
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