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LINGUIST List 23.2807

Fri Jun 22 2012

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Norway

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-Jun-2012
From: Anje Müller Gjesdal <anje.gjesdaluib.no>
Subject: Perspectives on Language Use in Climate Change Text and Talk
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Perspectives on Language Use in Climate Change Text and Talk

Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Location: Bergen, Norway
Contact: Anje Müller Gjesdal
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.uib.no/fremmedsprak/nyheter/2012/05/internasjonal-konferanse-om-spraak-og-klima-25.-oktober

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. The conference will be a meeting place for a multidisciplinary group of researchers and users across a number of sectors. The topics of the conference will address aspects of communication about climate change which are considered to be vital to groups such as politicians, industry, NGOs, journalists and educators.

Human values and belief systems have a clear influence on human responses and lead to different attitudes and preferences for courses of action or inaction. Research shows that the meaning that people ascribe to climate change is closely related to how climate change is portrayed in the communication.

The conference contributions will be in the form of keynotes and shorter contributions, followed by a focused discussion between researchers, politicians, journalists, activists as well as the general public.

The conference will be followed by a workshop for PhD candidates and master students.

Plenary speakers:
Dr Marianne Ryghaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dr Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham
Professor George Philander, Princeton University
Dr Michael Jones, Virginia Tech/Harvard University

The conference is organised by professor Kjersti Fløttum, University of Bergen and professor Trine Dahl, Norwegian School of Economics.

Does Language Matter?

Different Voices, Different Stories:
Perspectives on Language Use in Climate Change Text and Talk

Conference at the University of Bergen, Thursday 25 October 2012
Workshop for PhD candidates and master students, Friday 26 October 2012
Venue: Auditorium "Egget", Studentsenteret, Parkveien 1, 5007 Bergen

Preliminary programme Thursday 25 October
8.30 - 9.00

9.00 - 9.30
Welcome by conference organisers professor Kjersti Fløttum, University of Bergen, and professor Trine Dahl, NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Voice of the Youth: Climate and the Future
Tone Bjørndal

Too Hot to Handle? Climate Change Communication and Its Public Response
Marianne Ryghaug, professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)

A Nelson Mandela Approach to the Polarization of Global Warming
Samuel George Philander, Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences, Princeton University and Research Director of ACCESS (African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science), Cape Town

10.50 - 11.05
Coffee break

What's 'Real' Science? Discourses about Science, Scientists and Climate Change after Climategate and Their Implications for Behaviour Change
Brigitte Nerlich, professor of Science, Language and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

Just Tell a Story!: The Power of Communicating Climate Science via Cultural Narrative
Dr Michael D. Jones, Residential Research Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Norwegian representative in international climate negotiations - name to be announced

13.00 - 14.00

14.00 - 15.15
Perspectives from politics, business and NGOs
Unni Berge, political advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former deputy director of ZERO - the Zero Emissions Resource Organisation
Kikki Kleiven, associate professor at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, research director at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and board member, Norwegian Climate Foundation
Paul Joakim Sandøy, incoming leader of Unge Høyre (Young Conservatives)
Other contributors to be confirmed.

15.15 - 16.00
Plenary discussion

Practical Information

For the conference 25 October:

Preliminary registration to conference coordinator Anje Müller Gjesdal:

Final registration and payment: 10 September 2012

Participation fee: NOK 200 (coffee/tea and lunch included)

Payment can be made to account number 76940500857 (University of Bergen)

NB!! Please include the following information in your payment:
112000-IF, "Different Voices, Different Stories"

Students and PhDs: free

For the workshop 26 October:

The topics of the conference will be followed up by the organisers in collaboration with professor Marianne Ryghaug and Dr Michael Jones in a one day workshop for 15 -20 PhD candidates/ master students.

On the basis of submitted abstracts, 6 --8 participants will get the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

Deadline for submission of abstract (approx. 500 words): 31 August 2012
To be sent to coordinator Anje Müller Gjesdal: anje.gjesdaluib.no
with copies to Kjersti Fløttum (kjersti.flottumif.uib.no) and Trine Dahl

No fee

Venue for the workshop:
Seminar room M, Sydneshaugen skole, Sydnesplassen 9, 5007 Bergen

About the conference speakers:

Marianne Ryghaug is Professor in Science and Technology Studies at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Deputy Director of Center for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES). She has been engaged in research related to energy, environment and climate change for 15 years, and has published articles on topics like media representations of climate change, public appropriation of climate change, scientific practice and consensus formation, climate policy and adaptation.

Brigitte Nerlich (Dr Phil, DLitt) is Professor of Science, Language and Society at the Institute for Science and Society, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK. She has a background in French and philosophy, but now works mainly in the field of 'science and society' with a focus on the interactions between science, language and society. Here most recent project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, deals with climate change.
From May 2012 she is also Director of a five year Leverhulme Trust funded research programme dealing with science and politics.

George Philander is Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University and Founder of ACCESS (Africa Centre for Climate and Earth System Science, Cape Town, South Africa). His main academic fields include General Circulation, Ocean-Atmospheric Interactions, Climate Fluctuations, Paleoclimates. He haspublished extensively within these areas and of particular interest for this conference is his 2009 paper, 'Where are you from? Why are you here? An African perspective on global warming' (Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences).

Michael Jones is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration and Policy and is also a research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He received his PhD in Political Science in 2010 from the University of Oklahoma and holds an MA and BS in
Political Science, both granted from Idaho State University. His research focuses on the role and influence of narrative in public policy processes, outcomes, and science communication.

Unni Berge is political advisor for Heikki Holmås, Minister of International Development. Berge has a Master's degree in political science and broad experience from the environmental movement in Norway. She has, together with Gudmund Skjeldal, published the book FEBER- historien om norsk olje og gass ('FEVER - the story of Norwegian oil and gas'). Berge is former deputy director of ZERO - the Zero Emissions Resource Organisation.

Helga (Kikki) F. Kleiven is Associate Professor at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, and research director at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. She works within marine geology and geophysics, in particular within paleoceanography and on thermohaline ocean circulation. Kleiven directs several EU and Norwegian Research Council projects and is actively disseminating knowledge on climate through the courses 'Klimaklok' and 'Generasjon Grønn'.

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