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2021 Environmental Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions

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2021WSCA Convention

February 12 – February 15, 2021

Irvine, CA


Call for Papers 

Submission deadline: Sunday, September 1, 2020

The Environmental Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association is calling for competitive papers, programs, workshops, and alternative format proposals. Submissions that relate to the 2021 conference theme, “Cultivate” are especially encouraged. All approaches to this theme are welcomed. A full description of the conference theme can be found at

The 2021 theme suggests foregrounding the literal and metaphorical potential of “cultivation” in environmental communication.” That is, how cultivation functions not only as an embodied ecological activity wherein one prepares and utilizes the land, but also how it functions as an ecological metaphor related to spurring social change through communicative processes. As such, we invite submissions that invoke applied environmental projects (cultivating land), upset disciplinary boundaries (cultivating connections), engage with nonacademic publics (cultivating communities), unsettle dominant formations of meaning making and power (cultivating new meanings), and/or stir up environmentally just futures (cultivating change).

*Workshops and Alternative Session Formats* are very welcome. If you are interested in organizing a pre-conference workshop, performance, podcast, or other alternative format focused on “cultivating” which may be submitted as a program proposal (see above), please contact

We hope that the cultivation of new ideas and projects in Irvine will include collaborative efforts and generative intellectual cross-pollination. Please note that we are particularly open to co-sponsored submissions and sessions. In addition, we invite and encourage programming that includes local community activists and organizations involved in literal and metaphoric acts of ecological cultivation.

All papers, programs, and alternative session proposals should be submitted by 09/01/2020.

Please direct any general questions and/or concerns to the interest group chair, Marek Muller, at

Submissions Open on August 1, 2020.

*Competitive Papers * may utilize any accepted theoretical framework, methodology, form of critique, or extend the discipline’s understanding through literature reviews, theoretical articulations, and other forms of critical engagement. Student-authored papers are especially encouraged. Papers should not have been presented previously at a conference, be accepted for or published at the time of submission, or submitted to another interest group.

Submitted papers should include:

(1) a 100-200-word abstract of the paper (with the paper’s title appearing above the abstract).

(2) A maximum of 30 pages of text (excluding the title page and abstract)

 (3) No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page

Please note that Debut and Student papers should be clearly marked.

*Program Proposals* should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in environmental communication. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent in a traditional panel format. However, roundtable discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees or that are co-sponsored with other interest groups, are also welcome and encouraged.

Program proposals should not exceed 1500 words (excluding names and addresses), and must contain the following: (1) Thematic title of the program; (2) Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of all participants; (3) A brief rationale for the program; (4) titles and brief descriptions of each presentation or program segment; (5) Equipment needed for the program.

*Workshops and Alternative Session Formats* are also welcome. If you are interested in organizing a pre-conference workshop, performance, or other alternative format, which may be submitted as a program proposal (see above), please contact Marek Muller at

* Equipment availability is extremely limited and very expensive. Unfortunately, it cannot be guaranteed but we will do our best to accommodate. Please specify technology/equipment needs when you submit.

All paper, program, and alternative session proposals should be submitted by 9/1/2020.

Please direct any questions to to the interest group chair, Dr. Marek Muller (Florida Atlantic University) at



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