Call for Papers
CLIMATE CHANGE, THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC DEBATE:
THE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE
Special Issue of Global Media Australian Journal/Australian Edition (GMJ/Au)
Edited by Myra Gurney and Juan F. Salazar
Western Sydney University
Since the election of the Rudd Labor government in 2007, Australian politics has wrestled with climate change as both an existential global scientific phenomenon and a parochial political and ideological issue. The focus of the political debate during this time has shifted from advocating policies to deal with the ‘greatest moral challenge of a generation’ to those that ‘axe the tax’. Within the broader context of significant changes in the political economy of media, this shift has been exacerbated and enabled by highly concentrated media ownership and a conservative mainstream media that broadly rejects climate science.
During this last 12 months however, we have seen a renewal of voices globally urging action on climate change. From Naomi Klein’s new bestseller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, to the recently released and unique Ecological Encyclical and the call to adopt the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change, the momentum for serious international action in the lead up to the December 2015 Paris Climate Conference is growing. Several high polluting countries such as US and China are increasing efforts to confront climate change, committing to more aggressive targets for developing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet despite this renewed effervescence, the Australian debate and policy action appear stuck in a time warp. The Australian government’s lack of leadership and vision on climate change is evidenced by the Prime Minister’s pronouncement that ‘coal is good for humanity’ and by further moves to deprive investment in renewable energies technologies. Australia, once a leader in climate change policy, has been ignominiously labeled a ‘climate change pariah’ by international leaders from US president Barack Obama to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Its proposed emissions reductions targets have been described as ‘pathetically inadequate’ for a country with the highest emissions per capita in the world.
As we begin the countdown for the next Federal election in late 2016, this special issue of GMJ Au invites papers that reflect on a range of issues that look critically at the climate change debate in Australia and the role of the Australian media more broadly.
We invite both scholarly essays and research papers that address the following topics. Other related topics and perspectives around the theme are also welcome:
- Environmental justice and its relation to media justice.
- Climate change as crime against humanity.
- Community media, community economies: local responses to climate change.
- The ethics of Australian media coverage of climate science.
- ‘Slow media’ and environmental politics in Australia.
- Intellectual partiality and political complicity in Australian journalism
- Changing climate, changing media and changing audiences.
- ‘Zombie politics’ and the Australian media.
- Challenges for environmental communication research in Australia.
- Climate change and social movement media in Australia.
- Climate change, media politics, citizen participation.
- Public opinion and media attention on climate change in Australia.
- Comparative/cross-national studies of climate change in the media.
- Visualizing climate change
- Media arts and the Anthropocene.
- Cultural circuits of climate change in the Australian media.
- Media controversies on climate change.
- Environmental conflicts and the shaping and negotiation of public debate.
- Digital media activism on climate change.
Submissions should contribute to a critical analysis of the dynamics between global ecological change, the media and public debate, with a focus on issues pertaining to Australian media, politics and policy more specifically. Manuscripts can be either theoretical or draw on empirical studies. Interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome. We also welcome book reviews and suggestions for interviews.
Timeline for scholarly papers
- Papers submitted to editors: January 31, 2016. Please include a prospective title, 5-7 keywords and a short author’s bio-note.
- Blind peer-review process: January 31-March 31 2016.
- Revised papers submitted to editors: May 1, 2016
- Maximum 7,500 words (including references). Images are welcome.
- Final edits by contributors: May 31, 2016
- Final MS to GMJ: June 30, 2016
- Special Issue Launch: July-early August 2016
About the journal
The Global Media Journal/Australian Edition is a member of the innovative and original Global Media Journal: an online, open access, global resource for communication and media studies scholarship, with independent editions around the world. The Australian edition of Global Media Journal invites the submission of essays and research reports that focus on any aspects in the field of Communication, Media and Journalism. The Global Media Journal continues to expand worldwide, adding new editions, including African, Australian, and Persian editions.
More information is available at: http://www.hca.westernsydney.edu.au/gmjau/