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CFP: Communicating Power: Energy, Canada and the Field(s) of Communication (special issue of Canadian Journal of Communication)

CFP: Special Issue, Canadian Journal of Communication, Winter 2018

Communicating Power: Energy, Canada and the Field(s) of Communication

Guest Editors:  Shane Gunster, Imre Szeman, Matthew Greaves, Bob Neubauer

Proposals (500 words): due December 1, 2016.

Final papers: due June 1, 2017.

Questions of energy dominate Canada’s contemporary political, economic and cultural landscape. Governments at all levels have, to varying degrees, recognized climate change as a political priority. Yet many also champion carbon extraction and export as essential to Canadian economic growth and prosperity.  Many in the oil and gas sector likewise admit to the need for climate change to be integrated into regimes of energy regulation and governance, but also insist upon the long-term viability and even expansion of the fossil-fuel industry as well as our ongoing dependence upon it in everyday life.

New Special Issue in Environmental Communication

ec-cover-vol-10.jpgEnvironmental Communication, Volume 10, Issue 6, December 2016 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.
Special Issue: Spectacular Environmentalisms: Media, Knowledge and the Framing of Ecological Politics.
Guest Editors: Jo Littler, Michael K. Goodman, Dan Brockington and Max Boykoff This new issue contains the following articles:

Assistant Professorship in Mass Communication

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Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism (id: 37106)


Communication & Journalism

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The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, academic-year tenure track Assistant Professor to conduct research and teach in the area of mass communication effective August 28, 2017.  The successful candidate will have expertise in theory and research methods and complement a Department that includes faculty with diverse research and teaching interests including Journalism, Media History, Environmental Communication, Health Communication, and Cultural Studies.  Experience teaching courses related to social media, entertainment media, and/or quantitative methods is desirable.  

Top Gear as a Bastion of Irreverence

Angela Smith (University of Sunderland, UK) and Philip Drake (Edge Hill University, UK) authors of "Belligerent broadcasting, male anti-authoritarianism and anti-environmentalism" provide a timely analysis of anti-environmentalism in Top Gear, the hugely popular UK television series.

Top Gear is the BBC’s most-watched and most profitable programme, with extensive franchising of both format and associated merchandise. It was, conversely, the BBC’s most controversial show, with repeated official complaints to the broadcasting standards authority (OfCom) and, eventually, widespread media disdain for the main presenter, Jeremy Clarkson. In the end, this all built up to a climactic crisis in late 2015 after Clarkson hit a member of the production team off-camera when filming. Clarkson’s contract had been due for renewal at this point and so, in the face of mounting media pressure, the BBC was left with little choice but to not renew that contract nor that of the two co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May. A new presenting team emerged, including US actor Mat LeBlanc, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, F1 racing team owner Eddie Jordan, and lesser-known motoring journalist Chris Harris, and after a public audition, Rory Reid. Headed by TV and radio presenter Chris Evans, the team seemed to represent many of the topics that had been the ‘soft’ target of Clarkson’s Top Gear: race, gender, xenophobia. The show was also split into two sections, with the online TV station BBC3 showing Extra Gear in which Harris and Reid reproduced the more in-depth car reviews and the ‘news’ section that had previously formed part of the main show’s format. The six-episode series that was first broadcast in 2016, with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc as lead hosts, was alternatively criticized for being ‘too similar’ to the Clarkson era show, or ‘not at all like’ this. This leads us to the conclusion that there is a certain invisible factor at work in the show that led to its global popularity and widespread derision. 

MA or PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Communication

We are seeking a highly motivated MA or PhD student interested in resource management, sustainable livelihoods, environmental communication and/or maritime communities to join the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary.

Increasingly, environmental scholars and practitioners are looking at the role of communication and participation in the design and implementation of environmental policy, management and response. We seek individuals interested in the intersections among environmental communication, spatial politics, decision-making and their outcomes, within an over-arching engagement with political ecology and socio-ecological justice. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding previous degree performance, enthusiasm for research and onsite field immersion, excellent written and verbal communication skills, well-developed organizational skills, and an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and contribute to research projects in a team outside of their core research. Applicants with a passion for oceans, original ideas, critical thinking, and strong linguistic skills or aptitude will be viewed favourably.


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