Call for Articles

Call for Articles – Special Issue 15.2 (Fall 2023)

Deadline for full proposals: 15 January 2023

Guest Editors

Jordi Prades-Tena (University at Buffalo / Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Arturo Vallejos-Romero (Universidad de la Frontera)
Volker Mauerhofer (Mid Sweden University)

Beyond climate change information: Turn for communicating the Anthropocene 

WHY THIS ISSUE NOW? 

It has been a long way from the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm (1972) to today: The first World Climate Conference took place in 1979; The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) was set up in 1988; The Earth Summit in Rio (1992) called for sustainable development and stablished the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; The first Conference of the Parties (COP1) started in Berlin (1995); The Kyoto Protocol was formally passed at COP3 (1997) and entered into force (2005); Non-binding emissions reductions and mitigation actions pledges were submitted by participating countries at COP15 after the Copenhagen summit (2009); The Paris Agreement was adopted by the COP21 (2015); and despite the USA withdrew from this accord in 2017, now the Biden’s Administration plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in order to reach net zero emissions by 2050 by means of investment in climate action through the Inflation Reduction Act.

Climate change was left in the background when the media focused on Covid-19. Once “the pandemic is over” (according to President Biden), it is time to regain attention on a challenge that is still pending. In fact, both health and climate emergencies are related: The risk of new pandemics caused by yet unknown viruses increases with ecosystems destruction; In addition, climate change accelerates biodiversity losses. And “coronavirus vaccine won’t protect us against climate change” (UNCTAD, 2020); “There’s no vaccine for the planet”, UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said two years ago.

Human activities and its impacts on the biosphere define the age of the Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000), an era in which the humankind is a geological force. Although since coined the term has been controversial, the controversy itself has consolidate the Anthropocene in a communicative process, as the existing vast literature around the term shows. In this vein communication also plays a crucial role to frame environmental problems such as resources depletion, pollutant emissions, and global warming: as they are socially constructed by communication environmental communication frames social responses to tackling them (Cox, 2006).

Climate change is both a scientific and a social issue (Borràs, 2016); “science and social order are co-produced” (Castree, 2017). Although climate change denialists have lost media attention and climate science has entered into popular consciousness thanks to recent global movements (e.g., Youth Climate Save, Fridays for future, Extinction Rebellion) a gap remains between society, science and politics. Despite the attempts to connect these communities through a broad range of efforts public engagement with climate-related science and environment is still needed. Thus, disciplines and conceptual frameworks should be shared (Oldfield et al., 2014).

In our current revolutionary scenario featured by the rise of social media use (Grumbach and Hamant, 2018) both natural and social sciences (e.g., Atmospheric and nature sciences, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Legal sciences, Politics, Economics, etc.) are called to work together through communication understood as a bottom to top co-creation process; Indeed, newsgathering and broadcasting are also a process rather than a product, like climate services are too (Ballantyne, 2016; Vaughan et al., 2016).

Probably the most iconic depiction of our planet limits’ is the Earthrise photograph (NASA AS08-14-2383HR); undoubtedly, as E.O. Wilson clearly put, “we are the great meteorite”. As media coverage affects perceptions, values, behaviours, attitudes and, finally, beliefs about the efficacy of action (McNatt et al., 2019) now is time for promoting environmental public awareness and engagement by communicating the Anthropocene.

TOPICS

The main goal of this special issue is to gather different approaches to the social construction of the Anthropocene both from a communicative focus and a broad point of view. We aim to collect both different social and technological-based perspectives, from humanities to engineering, about how facing one of the most challenging issues to achieve a sustainable and fair future for the Planet.

Topics of interest include:

  • Framing new environmental cultures for sustainability (UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals; The nine planetary boundaries; Global Framework for Climate Services: Agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, health, and water).
  • Corporate and public environmental campaigns on renewables (e-mobility, green hydrogen), food (veganism, real food), e-commerce and fair trade, sustainable tourism, etc.
  • Rhetoric, aesthetic and social-symbolic construction of nature; representations of nature and environment in advertising, public relations, journalism, audio-visual communication, popular culture (cinema, comics, board games and video games, etc.) and cultural industry.
  • Public participation in environmental decision making; collaboration and conflict resolution through communicative processes; political responses; governance.
  • Environmental literacy, science communication; technological opportunities; (bio)technology-related risks and benefits. One Health.
  • Environmental advocacy; ecological justice; climate justice; planetary justice; ecological debt; social metabolism; environmental law; soft law; climate diplomacy; ethics.
  • Misinformation; denialism; decarbonization and based-carbon lobbies counteractions.
  • Digitalization for society (big data, social networks analysis, methodologies).
  • Socio-environmental movements: Degrowth; youths; eco-feminism; equality; social justice.
  • Theoretical approaches to the Anthropocene.

SUBMISSIONS

The journal plans to include research articles of 6,000-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes, experiences or progress reports of 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full proposals should be submitted by 15 January 2023 in accordance with the Notes for Contributors through the following link: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/CJCS/about/submissions

All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.

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Miscellaneous issues (open call): submit here

Yearly cut-off date for miscellaneous issues: October 1st

Submit your article

We welcome miscellaneous contributions at any time from scholars, researchers and professionals from around the world who wish to publish their works in a journal with a truly international scope and readership. Each year on October 1st the deadline for submissions for the next miscellaneous issue closes.

CJCS accepts original contributions under the following headings and conforming to these guidelines:

Articles
Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words (including references). They must be based on original research or offer well grounded theoretical contributions, they must be written in a clear and concise style in English and they must not be under consideration by any other publication. In the first instance the author(s) must sent one anonymous copy of the article containing an abstract (max. 150 words) and keywords (max. 6) and attach a separate sheet with the title of the article, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation, abstract, keywords, references of the article, biographical note and institutional address and e-mail. Authors must avoid any information within the article which make it possible to infer their identity (acknowledgements must be avoided at this stage and references to their own work must be done in the third person). All articles are submitted to a blind peer reviewing process. Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, the soundness of their theory and methodology, the coherence of their analysis and their ability to communicate to readers (including non-specialist readers).

All submissions and proposals must be uploaded on the platform: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/CJCS/.

Please read the Author Guidelines and  Notes for contributors suggested by CJCS before submitting.

Viewpoint
This section will include research notes, short commentaries, reflections on current affairs, cultural and media events, short interviews, etc. Experts, leading scholars, experienced professionals and senior researchers are invited to submit their proposals, which will be selected also in accordance with academic criteria and depending on the availability of space. Contributions for this section should not exceed 3000 words in length and are submitted to review by the Editors.

Gateway
The Editors of CJCS will select an article from those previously published by Catalan academic journals for publication in this section. Gateway will give international coverage to the best articles written and published originally in Catalan. The Editors will select the work using the abovementioned criteria and the authors must seek permission for translation and publication in CJCS. We encourage researchers to suggest articles for this section along with an argument for their suitability.

Reviews
CJCS also publishes short book reviews, in English and commissioned by the Editors, about leading editorial projects in Catalan/Spanish or English in keeping with the aims and scope of the journal.