Extension of deadline - Call for papers: Environment, Nature and Communication in the Anthropocene Era

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August 31, 2020

Call for papers : “Environment, Nature and Communication in the Anthropocene Era” - extension

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the closing date of the call for papers for a special issue of the French Journal of Information and Communication Sciences (RFSIC), entitled "Environment, Nature and Communication in the Anthropocene Era", has been extended to 31 August 2020. Please distribute to all interested persons.

The issue is coordinated by Céline Pascual Espuny (Univ. d'Aix-Marseille, France) and Andrea Catellani (UCLouvain, Belgium).

Call for papers (English version):


Some excerpts from the appeal:

Inscribed in the international public space since the 1970s, the environment is today the source of many communication practices in our societies. It covers a broad and matrix-like discursive perimeter, where notions such as ecology, ecological transition, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR, which includes an environmental dimension), Anthropocene, and even collapse, reflect physical, economic, political, scientific, but also cultural and symbolic realities that are related but different.

In view of these constraints and tensions, what can information and communication sciences say today, in a critical and scientific way, about this polymorphous reality constituted by environmental communication practices? How are the links between Nature and Ecology grasped, as soon as the practice of communication is practiced? Does environmental communication present a different profile within the vast field of objects analysed by information and communication sciences, given their particularly “trivial” nature as places of intersection of all tensions, expectations and disappointments?

This issue aims to be open to the different trends and theoretical and methodological approaches of information-communication researchers dealing with environmental themes related to communication. Contributions may fit into one or more of the following areas, or be of a cross-cutting nature.

Main thematic areas (see the complete call for papers for the details) :

Controversies, polemics and media forms

Social and environmental actors: companies, activists, associations, governments

Popularization of science and its challenges

Media, journalism, environmental media coverage

The living, its representation and its communication

Communication and ecological transition, between criticism and instrumentalization

Speeches and environmental narratives


Practical information :

    Issue published in n° 20, scheduled for release: December 2020

    Articles are expected by: last week of August 2020

    Back to authors: last week of October

    Return of final articles: last week of November

Proposals for papers (between 30,000 and 40,000 characters including spaces, bibliography and footnotes), in English or French, should be sent to :

    Céline Pascual Espuny: celine.pascual@univ-amu.fr

    Andrea Catellani : andrea.catellani@uclouvain.be

The guide for writing articles can be found at the following link: https://journals.openedition.org/rfsic/401

Andrea Catellani (UCLouvain) and Céline Pascual Espuny (Aix Marseille University), facilitators of the Study and Research Group "Communication, Environement, Science and Society" (SFSIC, France).