IAMCR 2014: Working Group Environment, Science and Risk Communication -CfP - Deadline 10 February

IAMCR Hyderabad 2014
Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research
Hyderabad, India - 15-19 July, 2014

Theme: ‘Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice’

 Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group Call for Papers

The Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers for the 2014 IAMCR conference to be held from July 15-19 July, 2014 at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2014.

The conference will be held under the general theme, ‘Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice’. The general conference theme is thus highly relevant to the inherently intractable spatio-temporal nature of environmental issues and risks that are central to the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Group.

Papers from the full range of environment-science-risk-communication topics and perspectives will be considered, and those relating to the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

Key themes for the Hyderabad sessions of the Working Group will include:

  • Media-communication roles in environmental crises and disasters

  • Uneven access to technological, political and social capital in the context of science/environment/risk communication

  • Visual media constructions of the environment

  • Global news and information flows in environmental communication

  • Environmental crises, corporate spin and news management

  • Media and global environmental change and controversy

  • Fighting back: empowerment of the local, the regional and sustainable integration into the global

  • Media and public understanding of science/environment issues

  • Science and health-related media panics

  • Science/environmental journalism

  • Political uses/constructions of nature

  • Media, advocacy and environmental pressure groups

  • Environmental activism and new media

  • Whose story? Narrating/communicating global environmental change.

  • Processes of (de-)politicization in public and media discourses on technological and environmental risks

  • Media and democratic debate and citizenship in risk politics

  • Environmental challenges and media roles in India


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 February 2014.

All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the OCS system at http://iamcr-ocs.org. OCS will open on 1 December 2013, and will close on 10 February 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Working Group Head 24 March 2014.

Submission of completed papers via IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) no later than June 20, 2014.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:

  • have a clear title

  • include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher,

  • graduate student, student, etc.)

  • outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis

  • outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant

  • make clear the main argument proposed

Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.

Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 1 December 2013 – 10 February 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

Other important deadlines to keep in mind for now are:

8 November 2013

 First call for abstracts (for papers and panels)

1 December 2013

Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission at http://iamcr-ocs.org

10 February 2014

OCS closed

11- 20 February 2014

Initial technical review of submissions (review process by Sections and WGs will start after this)

24 March 2014

Notification of acceptances of abstracts

15 April 2014

Confirmation of participation deadline

30 April 2014

Deadline for early bird registration

15 May 2014

Final conference programme

13 June 2014

Conference programme to be published online

20 June 2014

Deadline for full paper submission

15-19 July 2014

IAMCR Conference

Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group: http://iamcr.org/s-wg/mcpc/env

Pieter Maeseele, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Dorothee Arlt, University of Bern, Switzerland

Anders Hanse, University of Leicester, UK