Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication

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Event Dates: 
June 11, 2015 to June 14, 2015
Boulder, Colorado, USA



The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment

Boulder, Colorado, USA
June 11-14, 2015
Twitter: #coce2015
Email: coce2015 at theieca dot org

Conference Hosts: J. Harrison Carpenter and Dale Miller
Program Chairs: Maxwell Boykoff and Julie Doyle

The 13th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will take place in Boulder, Colorado in June 2015. Boulder sits near the American continental divide. The divide extends from the northern-most tip of Alaska to the southern reaches of Chile. From one vantage point, this divide seems permanent with its rocky ridges that cause water to flow on one side to the Atlantic and on the other, the Pacific. So too with its longstanding influence on continental weather patterns and the different ecosystems that have followed the rock, water, and weather. Yet, from another vantage, the divide is ever-changing. The line of rock that tells the water which way to go wears away and shifts over time as it interacts with weather, human activity, and geological forces. The resulting changes to water flows and downstream ecological communities can be subtle or great. Only one thing is for certain though: all waters eventually flow into one great global ocean.

We would like to meet you in Colorado, near the “Great Divide,” to address, discuss, deliberate and bridge the many divides, challenges, and opportunities facing environmental and sustainability communication practitioners, researchers, artists, students, teachers, and organizations.

The conference will consider, for example, the following divides within the landscape of environmental and sustainability communication, and how we might bridge them:

  • environmental communication theory AND practice
  • scholars AND practitioners of environmental communication
  • differing theories of change in environmental communication
  • different environmental discourses
  • advocacy intentions AND policy outcomes
  • the many disciplines, arts and sciences that inform the field
  • environmental attitudes AND behaviours
  • aspirations for public participation AND actual opportunities
  • media watchdogs AND media lapdogs
  • environmental science knowledge AND actual public understanding
  • cultures that see, experience, and value the world differently from each other
  • communities facing environmental conflicts
  • media representations AND environmental literacy
  • different environmental, social, and cultural values
  • differing political alternatives to address environmental issues

Important Dates

    15 May 2014 ~ Theme announced and call for submissions distributed
    15 September 2014 ~ Deadline for all submissions
    5 December 2014 ~ Acceptance notification
    5 December 2014 ~ Registration opens
    31 March 2015 ~ Early-bird registration closes
    1 May 2015 ~ Full papers and proceedings submissions due
    10 June 2015 ~ Pre-conference events
    11 June 2015 ~ Conference begins in Boulder, Colorado
    15 June 2015 ~ Conference excursions (optional)

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