ICA 2017 Pre-conference: Strategic Environmental Communication and Exploration of Research in Crisis, Risk and Disaster

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Type of Call: 
Call for proposals
Deadline: 
January 31, 2017

Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association Pre-conference:

Strategic Environmental Communication and

Exploration of Research in Crisis, Risk and Disaster

May 25, 2017

San Diego, CA

Call for Proposals

Organizers

Environmental Communication Division and Public Relations Division

Goals and participants

The aim of this pre conference is to examine and highlight the history and direction of scholarship addressing strategic environmental, crisis, risk and disaster communication.

This preconference will provide a place for conversations and presentations on these topics by examining the theoretical and conceptual lenses that scholars working in studies in strategic communication and environmental communication are discussing. It will provide a place for collaboration around these fields, recognizing the tangential relationships in areas concerning environmental, mass and strategic communication.

Rationale

This pre conference will bring together scholars in the fields of Environmental Communication, Crisis Communication, Public Relations, Health Communication, and Journalism, among others. Scholarly conversations across these sub fields are scarce but highly needed. It is imperative for researchers and practitioners to better understand the commonalities across different types of crises, and the theoretical models that could be shared across sub-fields. The challenges of the Flint, MI water crisis, the Zika outbreaks, tsunamis, earthquakes, and climate change, affect families, organizations, communities, nations, people groups, and larger regions. How we discuss the challenges of these crises and disasters often informs collective understanding of environmental issues. Research in this area is relevant and applicable to international conversations about the environment but also the research and instruction in our fields. The pre-conference will include two panels and a workshop where scholars can share research in round-table discussion.

Topics

We welcome a diversity of topics, including but not limited to the following:

• Messaging in crisis, disaster and environmental communication

• Social media campaigns around environment and science issues

• Climate change communication

• Communication in the context of environmental advocacy and information sharing

• Conflict resolution involving crisis, disaster and environmental communication

• Crisis communication during natural disasters

• Environmental social media and marketing campaigns targeting specific groups

• The intersections of public relations, strategic communication and journalism

• Public engagement and public participation concerning crisis, disaster and environmental issues

• Images and interpretations of images about crisis, disaster and environmental issues

Submission process

The organizers invite interested participants to submit extended abstracts of less than 1000 words (approximately 3-5 pages) describing the purpose, theory, method(s), results, and conclusions of the study. We also welcome critical and reflexive submissions that provide an insightful perspective on the topics highlighted in this call.

In addition please submit 1) a separate title page including the paper’s title and author’s details (name, title, and institutional affiliation) and 2) an anonymized abstract.

The submission deadline is January 31st, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Acceptance decisions will be made in early March. Full manuscripts will be required before the pre-conference.

Please submit your proposals as a pdf file to perreaultmf@appstate.edu

Publication of selected papers

Selected presenters may be invited to submit their full manuscripts for publication in a special edition of a journal. More information to come.

Details

• Date: Thursday May 25, 2017, from noon-5 p.m.

• Venue: ICA Conference Hotel in San Diego

Registration fee

For faculty and post docs

$40 registration fee, which includes lunch and coffee breaks

For students

$25 registration fee, which includes lunch and coffee breaks

Sponsorship

The pre-conference is sponsored by The Disaster and Community Crisis Center, at the University of Missouri (http://dcc.missouri.edu), The Science Communication Program, Arthur W. Page Center, Pennsylvania State University, and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Appalachian Energy Center, Appalachian State University. We are able to offer a reduced registration rate thanks to these sponsors.

Organizers and contact information

· Mildred F. “Mimi” Perreault (Appalachian State University, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Appalachian Energy Center, Appalachian State University, Perreaultmf@appstate.edu)

· Bruno Takahashi (Michigan State University and chair of the Environmental

Communication Division, btakahas@msu.edu)

· Adam J. Saffer (School of Media and Journalism, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, adam.saffer@unc.edu)