sábado, julho 21, 2007

Recebido de Anabela Carvalho, Universidade do Minho

for Papers

"Communicating Climate Change: Discourses, Mediations and Perceptions"

A conference to take place on 19-20 November 2007
at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Climate change is currently a prominent scientific, political, economic and
civic issue with key implications for our common future(s). It mobilizes a
variety of social actors and has figured highly on media agendas for around
two decades.
The communication of climate change within and across the "boundaries" of
science, politics and economics, and between expert and non-expert publics,
poses a series of key questions for research.

How is climate change framed and reframed by social actors such as
scientists, policy-makers and environmental activists?
How have the media represented climate change in the last two decades?
What is the relation between media(ted) discourses and people¹s
understanding of climate change?
What can we learn from cross-national comparisons?
To what extent are representations of climate change culturally-bound?

This conference aims to analyse the connections between discursive and
social representations of climate change. It will discuss the meanings of
climate change in the discourses of various social actors, media(ted)
discourses, and citizens¹ views on the issue.

The conference is associated with the project "The Politics of Climate
Change: Discourses and Representations", funded by Fundação para a Ciência e
para a Tecnologia: http://www.cecs.uminho.pt/disclimate/Site-en1.htm

Besides papers that focus specifically on the links between the discourses
of social actors, media discourses and people¹s interpretations of climate
change, the submission of abstracts on the following topics is welcome:

- Representations of scientific knowledge on climate change in various types
of texts
- Reconstructions of climate change in political and business discourses
- Communication practices in climate change activism
- Media discourses on climate change (written, visual, electronic,
- Web-based communication of climate change for non-expert publics
- Social representations of climate change
- Citizens¹ perceptions, attitudes and behaviours in relation to the issue.

Invited speakers (confirmed):

Jacquie Burgess, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Irene Lorenzoni, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Hans Peter Peters, Jülich Research Center, Germany
Sheldon Ungar, University of Toronto, Canada

Organization: Anabela Carvalho, Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e
Sociedade, University of Minho

Abstracts of 250 words should be emailed to carvalho@ics.uminho.pt by
September 5. A decision on the acceptance of abstracts will be communicated
to authors a week later.

A CD-ROM and possibly other publications will result from the conference.

The conference will attempt to be a low-carbon initiative.
It will include walking tours of the historical cities of Braga and

Please disseminate this CFP to any colleagues that might be interested.


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