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[Commlist] Call for Papers: Division of Environment, Science and Risk Communication at NordMedia 2021

Wed Jan 13 15:02:57 GMT 2021

The Division of Environment, Science and Risk Communication at NordMedia 2021 conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 18-20, 2021 calls for contributions!

We welcome full papers, extended abstracts, panel presentations and workshops on the division's theme from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives.

Send in your 500-word abstract by February 19, 2021 through the conference website:

The division highlights how topics related to the environment, science and risks are debated, represented and contested in the contemporary media environment.

This year's conference theme, risk and resilience, resonates strongly with the division's general themes. As current events around climate change and global infectious diseases poignantly illustrate, the actors involved in the media environment, and the scientific and environmental topics discussed in the media are becoming increasingly complex and interdependent. This places significant pressure on the establishments of media, science and medicine to produce fast and reliable information. This demand also renders the established forms of scientific information vulnerable to skepticism and criticism from various actors. Ongoing political polarization further complicates this development. Additional challenges are posed by increasing numbers of citizen engagement in the scientific and environmental debate, that raise legitimate concerns about issues related to science, environment and technology, but can simultaneously spread mistrust and harmful disinformation.

The division welcomes contributions that present research on how media represent, frame or construct scientific and environmental issues, and studies on communicative practices amongst and between stakeholders, political actors and media actors/institutions about topics related to the environment, science and risk. We also welcome contributions with a focus on citizen engagements, democracy and power in environmental and scientific communication, as well as studies of public perceptions of science, risk and environment-related topics.

Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome, as well as contributions from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives. We especially welcome contributions that address the theme of the conference and discuss present challenges to or challenge key ideas from the fields of environment, science and risk communication.

The deadline for the 500-word abstracts is February 19, 2021. For further instructions on abstracts and submission guidelines, see the call for abstracts:

To submit your abstract, please visit the division website at:

For more information on the conference, please see the conference website:

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