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[ecrea] CFP Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship
and Practice in Environmental Communication
Sun Aug 17 08:46:18 GMT 2014
Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship?and Practice in Environmental
The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)?Boulder,
Colorado, USA?, June 11-14, 2015?
Web: http://theieca.org/coce2015 ?Twitter: #coce2015 ?Email: coce2015
at theieca dot org
Conference Hosts: J. Harrison Carpenter and Dale Miller?
Program Chairs: Maxwell Boykoff and Julie Doyle
The 13th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE)
will take place in Boulder, Colorado in June 2015. Boulder sits near the
American continental divide. The divide extends from the northern-most
tip of Alaska to the southern reaches of Chile. From one vantage point,
this divide seems permanent with its rocky ridges that cause water to
flow on one side to the Atlantic and on the other, the Pacific. So too
with its longstanding influence on continental weather patterns and the
different ecosystems that have followed the rock, water, and weather.
Yet, from another vantage, the divide is ever-changing. The line of rock
that tells the water which way to go wears away and shifts over time as
it interacts with weather, human activity, and geological forces. The
resulting changes to water flows and downstream ecological communities
can be subtle or great. Only one thing is for certain though: all waters
eventually flow into one great global ocean.
We would like to meet you in Colorado, near the “Great Divide,” to
address, discuss, deliberate and bridge the many divides, challenges,
and opportunities facing environmental and sustainability communication
practitioners, researchers, artists, students, teachers, and organizations.
We invite you to consider, for example, the following divides within the
landscape of environmental and sustainability communication, and how we
might bridge them:
• environmental communication theory AND practice
• scholars AND practitioners of environmental communication
• differing theories of change in environmental communication
• different environmental discourses
• advocacy intentions AND policy outcomes
• the many disciplines, arts and sciences that inform the field
• environmental attitudes AND behaviours
• aspirations for public participation AND actual opportunities
• media watchdogs AND media lapdogs
• environmental science knowledge AND actual public understanding
• cultures that see, experience, and value the world differently from
• communities facing environmental conflicts
• media representations AND environmental literacy
• different environmental, social, and cultural values
• differing political alternatives to address environmental issues
We welcome submissions of scholarly papers, practice reflections,
artwork, panels, posters, and workshops. While we are especially
seeking submissions that relate to the conference theme, we will also
accept non-thematic submissions. Submitters will be asked to indicate
this at the time of submission.
All submissions must:
• Be written in English.
• Include a cover page with the type of submission; title;
author(s)/contributor(s) names, affiliations, and contact information;
and a list of 3-5 keywords.
• Be single-spaced.
• Be formatted according to APA guidelines when appropriate.
• Contain no identifying information other than what is on the cover
Scholarly paper submissions should be original works of research and
analysis that emphasize contributions to knowledge.
• Submit an abstract of 500 words that clearly explains research
questions, methods, conclusions and contributions to knowledge.
• Do not submit full papers at this time.
• If accepted, full papers must be submitted by May 1, 2015.
Practice reflections should be critical considerations by practitioners
of their own projects and campaigns, and should emphasize novelty and
applicability in other contexts.
• Submit a self-reflective summary of 500 words on your project or
campaign; the reflection should critically examine the goals, strategy,
tactics, messages and results.
• Submissions should highlight new thinking and new developments in
the practice of public engagement in environmental communication.
Works of Art
Submissions by artists of their own work (paintings, photography,
sculpture, dance, music, comedy, digital art or other new media art,
etc.) are encouraged if the work addresses some aspect of environmental
issues or human relationships with the rest of the natural world, and
especially if it specifically reflects on communication. The art will be
considered for exhibition and performance during the conference.
• Submit a description of your art, including, dimensions, and
installation or performance requirements; append photographs as
necessary; do NOT submit the original work.
• When appropriate, submissions should explain the artist’s
intentions for the work by way of an “artist’s statement.”
• If a video is required to explain the work, then provide a link to
where the video can be viewed online.
Panel submissions should focus on a unified topic. They can either be
panels of scholarly papers, panels of practice reflections, panels of
artists, discussion panels or combinations of these. Keep in mind that
panels must fit into what will likely be 90-minute sessions.
• Submit a descriptive panel proposal of 500 words, including a
rationale for the panel.
• For panels that include individual presentations, include titles
and abstracts of 500 words for each presentation.
• List the authors of the individual presentations on the cover page
with their titles when appropriate.
Poster submissions can address any area of environmental communication
scholarship, practice, or creation and can be submitted in lieu of
scholarly papers, practice reflections and artwork.
• Submit a 250-word abstract or summary of the poster, including any
relevant details described above (depending on type of poster).
• Include visual elements of the poster where necessary
Workshop submissions should focus on practical training in some area of
environmental communication practice, scholarship, teaching, design, or
artistic production. Keep in mind that workshops must fit into what will
likely be 90-minute sessions.
• Submit a 500 to 1000-word description of the workshop, including
time required, a rationale, and learning outcomes.
• Submissions should explain clearly how attendees will participate,
and must include a summary of activities, as well as the names and
affiliations of all trainers.
Submission and Review Process
In the past, the Conference on Communication and Environment has
received many more submissions than it has been able to accept. We don’t
know what the ratio will be this time, but we expect it to be competitive.
• Submissions are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Monday,
September 15, 2014.
• All submissions must be in PDF format. Please ensure any photos are
optimized before creating the PDF.
• All submissions must be uploaded through the IECA web site at the
following URL: http://theieca.org/coce2015.
• Author identification should be limited to cover page.
All submissions except workshops will be reviewed anonymously and rated
individually. Reviews will be based on overall quality, as well as the
following criteria when appropriate: importance and relevance of topic;
potential contribution to knowledge; useful synthesis of current
knowledge; potential contribution to practice; creative innovation; and
relevance to the conference theme.
Workshop submissions will be evaluated for their potential value to
Conference Proceedings will be published by the International
Environmental Communication Association following the conference. All
accepted scholarly papers, practice reflections, panel papers, and
posters will be eligible for inclusion in the Proceedings. For
inclusion, full papers must be received by May 1, 2015. Full papers
should follow all previously stated guidelines other than length. Full
papers must be no longer than 7500 words (including abstract and
bibliography) and should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
Poster presenters are invited to submit a short paper of less than 1500
words to be included in the Conference Proceedings. For inclusion, these
short papers must be received by May 1, 2015.
• 15 May 2014 ~ Theme announced and call for submissions distributed
• 15 September 2014 ~ Deadline for all submissions
• 5 December 2014 ~ Acceptance notification
• 5 December 2014 ~ Registration opens
• 31 March 2015 ~ Early-bird registration closes
• 1 May 2015 ~ Full papers and proceedings submissions due
• 10 June 2015 ~ Pre-conference events
• 11 June 2015 ~ Conference begins in Boulder, Colorado
• 15 June 2015 ~ Conference excursions (optional)
Notes about Membership and Costs
We don’t yet know what the conference will cost. We expect to have that
information available by the time decisions are made on submissions.
Conference presenters (in all categories) must be members of the IECA in
2015. All IECA members (except those in the professional category)
receive discounts on conference registration. Membership information can
be found here: http://theieca.org/membership
All conference attendees must pay for their own travel, accommodation
and conference registration. All attendees who need them are responsible
for obtaining their own travel visas. We will provide invitation letters
to those who request them. Send requests for letters to the conference
co-chairs: (Dale.Miller /at/ colorado.edu)
and (Harrison.Carpenter /at/ colorado.edu)
About the IECA
Founded in 2011, but with roots going back to 1991, the International
Environmental Communication Association (IECA) is a professional nexus
of practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and
organizations engaged in research and action to find more ethical and
effective ways to communicate about environmental concerns in order to
move society towards sustainability. Our mission is to foster effective
and inspiring communication that alleviates environmental issues and
conflicts, and solves the problems that cause them. More at
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