This CFP is now closed.

Monday 30 August 2021, RMIT University, Melbourne, and online

The eco_media project will run its third annual symposium in 2021. The symposium’s steering panel invites proposals for papers that sit at the nexus of theory, philosophy, empirical research, and creative practice. The aim of the eco_media project is to understand how environmental issues, questions, and concerns are communicated through media forms, and to play at the borders of disciplines including media and environmental studies, philosophy, and communication theory.

With the circulation of vaccines around the world, we are hopefully shifting to a new phase of life after the COVID-19 pandemic. The core concern for eco_media 2021 will thus be: how might attention now refocus on environmental issues, on the ever-present existential threat that predated the chaos of 2020? How has the pandemic changed our approach to or understanding of our world and our place in it? What creative, theoretical, empirical or philosophical approaches might best help us move forward in innovative and responsible ways?

The 2021 symposium will run in a blended on-/off-line mode. There will be an on-campus event held at RMIT University’s City Campus, public health restrictions permitting. Regional, interstate, and international presenters are — of course — welcome to attend in-person, but there will be a remote attendance/presentation option available.

Topics could include — but are not limited to:

  • analyses/discussion of media representations of environmental issues/events
  • documentary/creative interventions into climate discourse
  • social media analysis/discussion of responses to climate issues/events
  • new media and environmental justice
  • the intersection of discussion of Indigenous sovereignty alongside environmental issues
  • how the climate debate has been affected by COVID-19
  • the meeting places between the natural and the mediated
  • the impacts of media practice/research on the environment
  • media materialism (which can incorporate elements of many of the above)

Presentations can be completed papers, works-in-progress, screenings of creative practice research (draft or completed), performances, poster/discussion-style sessions, or something else entirely — up to a maximum of 15 minutes per presentation. A mixture of presentation styles and content is part of what has made eco_media successful in the past — so feel free to pitch us something new!

Presentations particularly aligned with the symposium’s theme may be invited to develop their work further for publication or distribution.

Please send a presentation title, abstracts of up to 300 words, a 100-word bio, plus any notes on type of presentation, to eco.media2.rmit@gmail.com by Friday 30 July 2021.


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