[NEW DEADLINE] RLEC: Call for papers on “Climate Change: Social and Cultural Challenges”

Between June 15 and October 31 November 15, 2023, it is open the call for papers for the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies on “Climate Change: Social and Cultural Challenges”.

Editors: Alice Dutra Balbé, Edson Capoano (CECS, Universidade do Minho, Portugal) e Alejandro Barranquero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

The climate emergency challenges are manifold and affect our daily lives. We can feel the consequences of the climate change effects on the economy, politics and health, in changes in food production and safety, forced migrations, the spread of diseases and global vulnerability to a health crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also brought social inequalities to the fore, while prompting a fresh perspective on cultural activities and mental health. As such, this phenomenon has become increasingly relevant in people’s lives and public debate.

In the academic debate on how to tackle climate challenges, there is a growing emphasis on the importance of considering cultural and social practices such as environmental activism (Haugestad et al., 2021), climate anxiety (Clayton, 2020), consumption and how new generations relate to media messages about the topic (Ojala & Lakew, 2018). Furthermore, several studies highlight the importance of emotions in fostering engagement in the environmental debate (Costa, Capoano & Balbé, 2022) and consider more resilient lifestyles from the Global South, like the concept of buen vivir in communication studies (Barranquero, 2012). On the other hand, some authors suggest combating climate change through “border epistemologies” (Grosfoguel, 2008) by incorporating knowledge that was previously disregarded by the dominant “enlightened” thinking (Rincón, 2019). Developing strategies and narratives beyond the traditional “logo-media-centric” (Cabrera, 2022) approach is crucial to combat climate change, which can be achieved by incorporating oral communication and dialogical and participatory processes.

This call for papers proposes a reflection on the social and cultural challenges of climate change, adding the perspective of cultural studies to the debate. This issue welcomes proposals that explore the intersection of climate change and the following themes: consumer cultures; cultural and artistic movements; postcolonial and decolonial critique; identities and cultural diversity; power, ideology and class relations; creative and cultural industries; science communication and citizenship; migrations and intercultural relations; art and activisms; communication and resilience; social justice, among others.



Submission of full manuscripts: June 15 to October 31 November 15, 2023

Editor’s decision on full articles: January 8, 2024

Deadline for submitting the final original and translated versions: February 22, 2024

Issue publication date: June 2024



Papers can be submitted in English or Portuguese. The articles selected for publication will be translated into Portuguese or English, respectively, being published in both languages.



Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies is an open-access academic journal that adheres to the stringent standards of peer-reviewing and blind peer reviewing. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers previously invited to evaluate it according to its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme of this issue of the journal.

Original articles are submitted on the journal’s website. When submitting for the first time to the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies, please register here.

Publication guidelines are available here

For further information please refer to rlec@ics.uminho.pt

[Posted: 02-06-2023]