Candis Callison, University of British Columbia


Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


216 Aaron Burr Hall

Rethinking Climate Change as Crisis: Arctic Journalism, Indigenous Articulations, and Global Audiences 

Candis Callison


Climate change offers a vital opportunity to investigate how scientific issues and predictions of potential future crises come to matter for wide publics. In the last two decades, the Arctic has become a key exemplar of what a slowly evolving climate crisis may portend, deeply connected as it is to the fate and actions of all who live South. As networked and digital media technologies enable greater reach and participation across the north, global audiences are increasingly interested in news and information about economic, social, and environmental changes taking place in the Arctic. What role media and social movements might play in moving diverse publics to care about both the Arctic and climate change have largely rested on long held assumptions that privilege access to information and science literacy. Yet, attending to potential futures with climate change requires an attention to the past, to varying kinds of knowledge and information, and to who’s speaking and why. This talk seeks to excavate how it is that layers of crisis operate and generate specific articulations and narratives by Arctic journalists and leaders, and what the stakes are both in terms of speaking for, to, and about the Arctic within a context of climate change and crisis.

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism where she conducts research on changes related to digital media, social movements, journalism ethics, and science and environment issues. She is the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke U Press, 2014), an ethnographic study of 5 diverse social groups that argues social ties and affiliations are vital to investing climate change with particular meanings, ethics, morality, and a rationale to act. Her current research project on Arctic Journalism can be found at or @arcticjourno. Candis has a PhD from MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society and an SM from MIT’s Program in Comparative Media Studies. Candis previously worked in the U.S. and Canada as a journalist. She is a member of the Tahltan Nation, an indigenous group located in the sub-Arctic region of Canada.