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[Commlist] CfP: MeCCSA Networking Knowledge Special Issue - Climate, Creatures and COVID-19: Environment and Animals in 21st Century Media Discourse
Wed Jul 15 13:59:09 GMT 2020
The official publication of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, /Networking
invites abstracts for an upcoming Special Issue on /Climate, Creatures
and COVID-19: Environment and Animals in 21st Century Media Discourse/.
This is a fully indexed, open-access peer-reviewed journal, featuring
content from postgraduate and early career researchers. The deadline for
abstracts is *1st September 2020*.
Please see full details of the call below. These can also be found at
the following link
We hope to feature original contributions from across disciplines and
from as diverse a scholarship as possible, and would be very grateful if
you could share this call widely.
Any questions or queries should be directed to
(rebecca.jones /at/ strath.ac.uk) <mailto:(rebecca.jones /at/ strath.ac.uk)>
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Few issues dominate twenty-first century media and public consciousness
quite like climate crisis and the environment. We are becoming
increasingly aware of the importance of our co-existence with the
more-than-human world in our lives and broader ecologies (Haraway, 2008,
2016), and as a result are seeking new ways of discussing and ‘thinking
with’ environmental issues, nature and non-human animals. This has
presented new challenges and opportunities in areas including news
media, TV and film, radio and social media.
A body of ecological research exists which is essentially scientific in
nature, but with much of it requiring paid access, restricted to an
academic audience, and/or presented in language which limits
accessibility to the general public. As a result, those outside academia
are particularly dependent on all forms of media for information,
education and entertainment about environment, climate and nature.
Ecological feminist work, by scholars including Carolyn Merchant (1983),
Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva (1993), Greta Gaard (1993), and Carol J.
Adams and Lori Gruen (2014) has, for decades, gone a considerable way to
demonstrating the possibilities for, and importance of, uniting academic
research on the more-than-human world with practice, and making
environmental and species themes a matter of general public input and
engagement. This has proven to be a profoundly cross- and
inter-disciplinary topic, inspiring research and commentary across the
humanities and social sciences.
However, this existing research invites updated considerations of the
need for media to articulate holistic, rooted understandings of the
place of the human in the world. There is a need for further work which
speaks to the rapidly changing reality of the twenty-first century,
particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly
increasing urgency of climate crises, and changed ways of working,
communicating, and thinking and being in the world. In particular, there
is a need to consider how media voices during the current pandemic, and
increased interest in environmental themes over the last few years, have
informed public action, attitudes and even policy.
/Networking Knowledge/ invites contributions from postgraduate and early
career researchers for a special issue dealing with this topic from /any
/disciplinary perspective or across disciplines, including both
quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Topics may include, but are/not/limited to:
* The language of mainstream media and climate crisis.
* Climate discourse and the free press.
* Environment and (de)colonisation.
* Media representations of wild/tame animals.
* Environmental discourse in the Global South.
* Consumerism and animal welfare.
* ‘Cli-Fi’ and environmental storytelling as method.
* Focus groups and environmental themes.
* Documentary filmmaking and nature.
* Environmental debate on social media.
* Environmentally (un)friendly advertising.
* Community engagement in green initiatives.
* Animals and live performance.
* Environmentalism and satire.
* Animals in children’s TV.
* Nature and landscapes in popular fiction.
* Media portrayals of veganism/vegetarianism.
* Environmentalism and political representation.
Please submit a 500-word abstract (not including references) and
100-word bio to the journal guest editor Rebecca Jones
(rebecca.jones /at/ strath.ac.uk) <mailto:(rebecca.jones /at/ strath.ac.uk)> by *1
September 2020*. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by *30
September*, with full papers (detailed submission guidelines can be
to be submitted for peer review via our OJS system by *11 January 2021*.
We aim to publish the special issue in the *summer of 2021*.
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