Mudanças climáticas e comunicação

“Communicating Climate Change: Discourses, Mediations and Perceptions” é o tema de uma confer~encia que se realiza na Universidade do Minho, em 19 e 20 de Novembro próximo, por iniciativa do projecto “The Politics of Climate Change: Discourses and Representations“, financiado pela Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

Os interessados em apresentar comunicação deverão enviar um resumo  de 250 palavras até 5 de Setembro próximo à principal organizadora desta iniciativa, a Prof. Doutora Anabela Carvalho, investigadora do Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e  Sociedade da UM.

Entre os conferencistas convidados contam-se Jacquie Burgess e Irene Lorenzoni (University of East Anglia, UK), Hans Peter Peters (Jülich Research Center, Alemanha) e Sheldon Ungar (University of Toronto, Canada).
Na apresentação desta conferência, explicam-se melhor o âmbito e objectivos:

“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 people’s 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.

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, multimedia)
– 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”.