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*Call for Submissions: The Wild: Image, Industry, and Technology*

The modern construction of ‘the Wild’ is firmly imprinted in the
transcultural fabric of humanity, from Egyptian menageries to National
Parks and from the writings of Robert Frost to the wares of REI. This
construction is deeply rooted in our cultural and biological existence as
the descendents of hunter-gatherers, for whom the Wild was a giver and
taker of life—a space to be feared, revered, before ultimately tamed,
controlled, and reconstructed in our image. Today, the Wild of our
ancestors exists only in memory; an unreliable recollection of the natural
world that has been reimagined, politicized, exploited, and commodified.
The feeling of this existential co-dependence is now mediated through
images in Instagram posts as opposed to images on cave walls. This
collection will feature transdisciplinary work that focuses on the
interplay of political economy and the environmental humanities in the
‘post-capital Wild,’ spanning the fields of media studies, history, and
environmental communication.

The public’s contemporary environmental consciousness is increasingly
shaped by mediated renderings of the wilderness. This articulation of
ecological space and geography through popular culture, news media, and
green persuasion increasingly situates nature as socially constructed
phenomena. *The Wild: Image, Industry, and Technology* aims to
contextualize this mediation of environmental phenomena, while establishing
popular, social, specialist, and strategic media not only as a reflection
of ecological perceptions and values, but also as a driver of ecological

We invite submissions for a co-edited collection—currently under
consideration for publication as part of the IAMCR/Palgrave Global
Transformations in Media and Communication Research series—that ask and
address questions such as:

   - What role has the entertainment and edu-tainment industry played
   historically and contemporarily in rendering public understandings of
   - How is environmental communication impacted by the combination of
   nature with technology?
   - How does spatial media such as satellite and aerial videography
   reconfigure existing knowledge of ecology?
   - How is nature co-opted for the interests of profit, power, and
   political ideologies?
   - What is the impact of rhetorically-defined wild spaces through
   constitutive naming, media promotion, and advertising
   - How does the emphasis of nature as a “lifestyle” align with material
   - How does the news media navigate prominent environmental stories,
   including climate change, and what are the long-term consequences of this
   - What is the role of social media in popularizing nature with new
   audiences, including visual-intensive channels such as Instagram and

For consideration, please submit a 500-word abstract for your proposed
chapter as well as a biography to [log in to unmask] The deadline for
submissions is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Potential contributors are welcome to contact either of the editors for
more information or questions:

   - Dr. Derek Moscato, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism,
   Western Washington University, [log in to unmask]
   - Dr. Phillip D. Duncan, Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities,
   Eureka College, [log in to unmask]


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