ICA's Environmental Communication (EC) Division - Call for submissions

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Call for submissions (full papers and panel proposals)
November 1, 2017

~~~2018 Prague ICA CFP~~~


ICA's Environmental Communication (EC) Division invites submissions dealing with the interplay between the natural environment and any level of human communication (interpersonal, group, inter-group, organizational, mass, global) in any setting (educational/instructional, leisure/gaming, economic, legal, and so forth). Topics can include: environmental rhetoric and discourse, visual, aural, and textual representations of the natural environment in popular culture or news media, political communication on environmental issues, critical animal studies, public participation or interactions in environmental decision making, environmental campaigns and green marketing, scientific sense-making about nature, and the impact of communication technologies on the environment and the impact of communication on environmental technologies, etc. Research on health, risk, and science communication issues related to the environment are also germane.


To echo the 2018 ICA theme “Voices”, we particularly encourage papers and panel submissions that study the relationship between voices—or the plurality of voices—and environmental communication. This could include papers that theorize the literal and metaphorical meaning of the voice in nature and culture, the creation and representation of environment-related voices and their related actors in the public sphere, popular, artistic, technological, and institutional expressions of voices related to the natural environment, the impact of voices on the public discourse and decision-making processes on environmental issues, among others.

Overall, we welcome work from any disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological focus motivated by research questions or hypotheses on environmental communication. More details about our Division’s mission are available on our website:




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FULL PAPERS. Submissions will be accepted with a maximum 8,000 words plus tables, charts, and references, 10-point type minimum. Papers must also include on the cover page as well as in the electronic submission 2-4 topical keywords and at least one method keyword. Please remove all information that may identify the author(s). IMPORTANT: Papers lacking keywords or containing identifying information will *not* undergo review (we will have to reject the paper).


PANEL PROPOSALS. Include a justification (400 words) explaining the importance of the topic, panelists’ names and background, and abstracts for each paper (150 words per paper). Also include a 75- word panel description for the conference program. Each panel can contain up to five papers. We consider panel proposals that employ novel formats to expand participation, mentor junior scholars, promote graduate student research projects, and explore emerging areas of research. To encourage an international perspective, panel proposals with presenters from different countries will receive priority. The EC Division especially encourages participation from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Due to the competitive nature of having papers accepted in the EC Division, an individual can appear as author or coauthor in a maximum of 2 submissions. This includes both full-length papers and panel proposals. Submit papers and panel proposals electronically via ICA’s paper submission website. Deadline: 16:00 UTC (12:00 US Eastern Standard Time) on 1 November 2017.



Top faculty and student papers will receive recognition awards at the EC Division’s business meeting. Some student travel funding awards are available. To be eligible, student authors must indicate their status (see the EC Division web site, http://www.icahdq.org/group/envirocomm). In addition, see the full ICA 2018 CFP rules and regulations at ICA’s official website (https://icahdq.site-ym.com/page/Conference).



Since the EC Division usually has a large number of submissions, the rule of the thumb is: if you submit a paper, you volunteer to review. In addition, we encourage all faculty members and PhD students to volunteer to be a reviewer, regardless if you submit a paper or not. To do so, please click “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” on the ICA paper submission site at the time of submitting your papers (Deadline: 16:00 UTC on November 1, 2017). Be sure to update your research interests in your 200-word ICA member profile and select 3-5 keywords that describe your subfield and your methodological and theoretical orientations. The EC Division makes reviewer assignments based on your profile and keywords. Once you are approved as a reviewer, you will be assigned 3-5 papers based on your research areas. Please try your best to provide qualitative comments, in addition to quantitative ones.

Should you be interested in chairing any sessions, please indicate so in the “Volunteer” section of the ICA paper submission site.

If you have any questions about the ICA 2018 EC submission process, please contact Xinghua Li, ECD's vice chair at xli8@babson.edu.