Climate change has emerged as one of the most important global agendas. On its way from a subject of scientific inquiry to the issue of general public, debates on climate change have not only spread widely but also undergone transformations. Most importantly, the issue has expanded to the regional level, both in the cases of scientific climate research and media discourse. Accordingly, the conference on “communicating climate change: global goes regional” focuses on regional aspects of the global climate change.
The conference aims to explore the following questions: How do the media represent global climate change and regional geohazards? How do they construct the memory of extreme weather events? What transcultural similarities and cultural specificities can be identified? How does reporting on human-nature interaction develop? How do recipients perceive climate change and regional geohazards and what cultural commonalities and differences can be discerned? How political decisions are taken on climate change issues both in local and regional levels and what role the media play in the process? What immediate, medium or long-term local or global strategies are discussed in media discourses? How is mitigation and adaptation related to catastrophe and risk of changing climate reported in the media? Which actors and experts are dominating the media coverage? What discourses can be identified?
The conference will feature the presentations of peer-reviewed papers as well as distinguished key-note speakers from an interdisciplinary field of research who will examine important aspects of communicating global climate change on a regional level.
The keynotes of the conference will be given by Hans von Storch (GKSS/University of Hamburg), Dominique Brossard (University of Wisconsin/Madison) and Shelly Ungar (University of Toronto).
>> Communicating Climate Change II – Global Goes Regional, Pre-conference to the ECREA 2010 – 3rd European Communication Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 11-12 October 2010, www.ecrea2010hamburg.eu.
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