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PUBLIC LECTURE | Greening Communication: Ecological Power of Communication, Culture, and Tourism



Start Date

9th Jun 2016 6:00pm

End Date

9th Jun 2016 7:00pm

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presented by

Dr Tema Milstein, University of New Mexico

Scholars of environmental communication argue, "What we say is what we see." Communication shapes environmental perceptions, and perceptions shape environmental actions. This argument has broad implications at a time when our planet responds to a range of human actions, from the tremendously destructive and extractive to the potentially restorative and transformative. This talk will introduce the transdisciplinary field of environmental communication, provide an overview of some of its core concepts and frameworks, and explore an ecocultural way of understanding our current situation. Dr Milstein will use the lenses of ecotourism and illustrative examples from her own work, including research on whale and dolphin tourism in North America and New Zealand and considerations of popular and traditional ecocultural communication, to bring the field of environmental communication to life. The talk will be research-informed but accessible to a public audience.

Dr Tema Milstein (PhD, University of Washington) is an associate professor of Environmental/Ecocultural Communication at the University of New Mexico (USA). She examines ways communication as a cultural force closes and opens doors to the re/articulation of human relations with/in/as nature. Her award-winning ethnographic and qualitative research includes examinations of cultural environmental meaning systems, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, climate crisis activism, culture jamming, and ecopedagogy. One of her long-term studies focuses on oceanic ecotourism around endangered orcas in US-Canada Pacific waters and, more recently as a Fulbright scholar, on wild dolphin swim tourism in New Zealand. Milstein is her university's Presidential Teaching Fellow and lead editor of Routledge's forthcoming book Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice. She is author of "Greening Communication" in Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts, and "Environmental Communication Theories" in Sage Publications Encyclopedia of Communication Theory. She has taught at several universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia and serves on several academic journal editorial boards. You can read Tema's research and join the conversation in her Ecocultural Communication Facebook group .

Thursday 9 June 2016

6.00pm to 7.00pm (refreshments from 5.30pm)

Centenary Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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