Environmental Communication Special Issue Call for Papers: Communicating Transformation in Food and Agricultural Ecologies

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September 1, 2021

Call for Papers: Environmental Communication Special Issue: Communicating Transformation in Food and Agricultural Ecologies  

Editors: Dr. Norie Ross Singer & Dr. Silje Kristiansen 

Submission deadline: September 1, 2021 

Food systems produce food but not without direct and indirect harm to humans, animals, and the natural environment. From an environmental communication perspective, it is important to look at food systems from a productivity and economic angle, as well as through lenses of social justice and ecological care. These lenses bring to light issues such as environmental communication and media’s role in food system labor rights, access to nutritionally sound foods, environmental justice, sustainability, animal protection, as well as the debate about novel food technologies and their impact on the environment. Unfortunately, these issues are often hidden or distorted by food labels on grocery store shelves. Transparency is essential, however, in an industry focused mainly on economic gains. 
Environmental communication research published in this journal and elsewhere has begun to show the vital importance of investigating how members of societies communicate about food and environments, how people perceive food related issues and how people act on information they have regarding the effects of food production. Past research also makes it clear that there is a tremendous amount of work yet to be done.  
Within and across the environmental communication literature, much more attention must be given to communication about justice issues at the nexus of environment, animals, food production, food access, and culture. The multiple crises at this nexus are ecological, but also span into health, politics, economics, and technology.   
Food and agriculture have the power to make communities and ecologies vulnerable to diverse risks and threats. It is therefore vitally important that environmental communication scholarship continues to examine tensions shaping transformative possibilities in this topic area. Some of these include tensions between individual and collective, mediated and face-to-face, awareness and action, local and global, capitalism and justice, plant-based and animal-based, and human and more-than-human. This Environmental Communication special issue will provide a focused space for a penetrating and informative set of responses to today’s food and agriculture crisis—responses aiding positive transformation. Potential submission topics include but are not limited to:

- Food and agriculture in climate change and/or climate justice communication  

- Movements, campaigns, and other initiatives for just-food, food-sovereign, and food-secure ecologies 

- Place-based voices of farmers, ranchers, food and agriculture workers, practitioners, activists, and community members 

- Discourses of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in food ecologies 

- Nonprofit and governmental organization communication on food, agriculture, and environment 

- Food and agriculture at the environmental and health communication interface 

- Communicating novel food technologies and their impacts on the environment 

- Neoliberal/free market discourses on food, agriculture, and environment  

- Mass and social media discourses on food, agriculture, and environment  

- Messages about meat and dairy consumption and production, or alternatives to them, such as found in vegan animal rights advocacy 

- Corporate public relations and advertising on food and agriculture sustainability  

- Organic and natural food discourses 

- Metaphors, myths, and other rhetorical devices perceptually configuring food, agriculture, and environment 

- Conversations about the ethics of food production, from a human, non-human animal and environmental perspective 

Submission Instructions

We invite the following submission types: Longer original Research Articles (8,000 words) and shorter Research Insights (3,000 words) may draw on a variety of scholarly and practitioner perspectives and methods. Advanced Reviews (8,000 words) and shorter Commentaries (2-3,000 words) are also encouraged, emphasizing implications for research, praxis, current debates, and/or societal trends and decisions. All word limits include references and abstracts. 

All manuscripts will undergo expedited peer review. Manuscripts must follow the APA Style (7th edition). To successfully pass peer review, all original research articles must present findings that are both theoretically informed and empirically sound. We welcome quantitative, qualitative, critical, and rhetorical scholarship. We encourage approaches such as case studies using interviews, ethnography, focus groups, textual analysis, critical discourse analysis, as well as surveys, experiments, quantitative content analysis, and meta-analysis of evaluative data. Regardless of method or approach, all articles should seek to bridge theory and practice, and should be written in a style that is broadly accessible to an interdisciplinary audience. 

Please select "Communicating Transformation in Food and Agricultural Ecologies” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne. 

For queries, please contact Norie Singer (nrsinger@svsu.edu) or Silje Kristiansen (kristiansen@esf.edu)