Visions of Change: Communication for Social and Environmental Justice Conference May 27, 2021

Visions of Change: Communication for Social and Environmental Justice
ICA 2021 pre-conference,  27 May 2021

A key challenge for representing environmental crises such as climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and toxic pollution is contextualizing the crises through a diversity of accounts and timescales.

Candis Callison (2020, 2017, 2014) stresses how accountability and justice are impossible without recognition of the particular harms perpetuated by long-standing political, economic, and cultural systems of oppression. 

Take, for instance, the differential response to recovery and aid given to the richest and withheld from the poorest, predominantly Black and Brown communities of color in the New York/New Jersey region following Hurricane Sandy and, moreover, the absence of sustained public attention and reporting on the long-term, “slow violence” impacts of the storm (Superstorm Research Lab, 2013; Nixon, 2011)

Conference Topics:
— representations of environmental risks and justice
— logics of environmental and social justice
— economies of media production and environmental / social justice
— democratization of knowledge production and methods
— practices of data collection and analysis: opportunities and challenges

The pre-conference will be held virtually on 27 May, 2021 (full schedule TBD) and will encompass a mix of both synchronous and asynchronous presentation and workshop sessions, including a keynote address by a distinguished scholar of communication and environmental justice (TBD) who will address the multifaceted questions, aspects and challenges of visual and environmental communication research pertaining to issues of environmental and social justice. Registration is required. There are no prerequisites and there will be no registration fee.

ICA – Visual Communication Studies is a division of the International Communication Association