Call for Papers: Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media

I received the following call for papers this morning via the Climate Change Network of MeCCSA list this morning.

University of Tasmania
Hobart, Australia
17-18 November 2011

Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media

Keynote speakers:
Professor Simon Cottle
Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University

Senator Christine Milne
Australian Greens

Libby Lester, Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania
Brett Hutchins, Communications & Media Studies at Monash University, Melbourne

We are living through a period of major transformation in environmental politics and conflict. Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook and Twitter and mobile communications are changing the ‘rules of the game’ for activism and journalism, creating a genuinely multi-media environment alongside traditional print and broadcast mediums. These developments are critical in understanding changing norms of democratic practice and debate, especially during election campaigns and protest actions. Recognising that this is a time of reassessment and renewal in mediated politics, the symposium asks: How are the Internet, Web, mobile and digital media affecting the strategies and understandings of environmental politics?

The symposium’s concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • The rapidly changing role and value of the Internet, Web and mobile media in relation to environmental campaigns, media practices and communications strategies. How are environmental activists, NGOs, concerned citizens, journalists, and politicians responding to networked digital communications technologies?
  • The form and impact of online media in relation to print and broadcast news reporting, as well as the role of news media in the exchange of information between political challengers and policy-makers.
  • Political decision-making and media communications at the local level, and their connection to national, regional and global politics.

Tasmania is a nationally and globally significant symbolic and physical site for environmental politics. Home of the internationally famous Franklin Blockade of the early 1980s, the state’s rich history and experience of environmental conflict make it an ideal setting to come together to discuss these issues.

Abstracts: Please send abstracts of between 2-300 words to by 30 April 2011. Papers will also be considered for inclusion in an edited collection to be developed from the conference.

Assoc Prof Libby Lester
Deputy Head, School of English, Journalism and European Languages
Coordinator, Journalism, Media and Communications
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 82
Hobart TAS 7001
Ph: 61-3-6226 7542
Fax: 61-3-6226 7631

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About Mark Meisner

Executive Director of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). I also research, teach, write about, and speak on environmental and sustainability communication, media, culture, and policy. Facts are usually facts, but opinions and sense of humour are always my own.
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