About the talk:
Climate change offers an opportunity to investigate how science-based issues and predictions come to matter for wide publics. What role media and social movements might play in this process has largely rested on long held assumptions that privilege access to information and science literacy. Yet, the work of diverse social groups from indigenous leaders in the Arctic to corporate social responsibility activists in Boston demonstrate that climate change is experienced, understood, translated, and discussed differently in varied contexts. This talk will draw on ethnographic evidence from the newly published book How Climate Change Comes to Matter (Duke U Press, 2014) in order to suggest that social ties and affiliations are vital to investing climate change with particular meanings, ethics, and morality in order to mobilize action and public engagement.
About the speaker:
Candis Callison is an assistant professor at University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism where she conducts research on media, social movements, and science and environment issues. Candis received her Ph.D. from MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and previously worked in the U.S. and Canada as a journalist and producer in broadcast and online media. She is a member of the Tahltan Nation, located in Northwestern British Columbia, Canada.