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Fri Jun 22 2012

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Norway

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Date: 22-Jun-2012
From: Anje Müller Gjesdal <>
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:

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 TechnologyDr Brigitte Nerlich, University of NottinghamProfessor George Philander, Princeton UniversityDr 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 2012Workshop for PhD candidates and master students, Friday 26 October 2012Venue: Auditorium "Egget", Studentsenteret, Parkveien 1, 5007 Bergen

Preliminary programme Thursday 25 October8.30 - 9.00Registration

9.00 - 9.30Welcome 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 FutureTone Bjørndal

Keynotes09.30Too Hot to Handle? Climate Change Communication and Its Public ResponseMarianne Ryghaug, professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)

10.10A Nelson Mandela Approach to the Polarization of Global WarmingSamuel 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 - 11.05Coffee break

11.05What's 'Real' Science? Discourses about Science, Scientists and Climate Change after Climategate and Their Implications for Behaviour ChangeBrigitte Nerlich, professor of Science, Language and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

11.45Just Tell a Story!: The Power of Communicating Climate Science via Cultural NarrativeDr Michael D. Jones, Residential Research Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University

12.25Norwegian representative in international climate negotiations - name to be announced

13.00 - 14.00Lunch

14.00 - 15.15Perspectives from politics, business and NGOsUnni Berge, political advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former deputy director of ZERO - the Zero Emissions Resource OrganisationKikki 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 FoundationPaul Joakim Sandøy, incoming leader of Unge Høyre (Young Conservatives)Other contributors to be confirmed.

15.15 - 16.00Plenary discussion

Practical Information

For the conference 25 October:

Preliminary registration to conference coordinator Anje Müller

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

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 inPolitical 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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