RCC Group Research Project: Development of an International, Transdisciplinary Journal of Media + Environment
Adrian Ivakhiv, James Schwoch, Hunter Vaughan, and Janet Walker are a four-person team collaborating on the development of Media+Environment, a refereed, open-source, multidisciplinary journal of ecomedia research. The journal promotes the publication of work exploring and analyzing the myriad ways that media and environments influence, shape, and inhabit one another. The journal is committed to deepening our understanding of media’s implications in environmental resource extraction and degradation, analyzing mediated representations of environments and climates in stasis and in flux, and exploring the possibilities media hold for new ways of knowledge and sustainable alternatives. The journal promotes and helps shape a growing dialogue among the emergent global and interdisciplinary communities of researchers and acts as a catalyst for decision making and action: a bridge between theory and practice that links scholars to activists and policymakers.
Janet Walker is a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is also affiliated with the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Environmental Media Initiative. A specialist in documentary film, trauma and memory, and media and environment, her six books include Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (University of California Press 2005), Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering (with Bhaskar Sarkar, Routledge 2010) and, most recently, Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (with Nicole Starosielski, Routledge 2016). She was founding co-chair with Hunter Vaughan of the Media and the Environment Scholarly Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and has recently received, with several other University of California, Santa Barbara co-PIs, a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant for a collaborative project on energy justice. Her current research involves the development of a cartographically attuned analytic for the study of documentary film and other geolocational technologies.
Adrian Ivakhiv is the Steven Rubenstein Professor of environment and natural resources, and a professor of environmental thought and culture, at the University of Vermont. His research and teaching are focused at the intersections of ecology, culture, religion, media, philosophy, and the creative arts. He is the author of Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, and Nature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2013) and Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (Indiana University Press 2001). Adrian is also an executive editor of The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Thoemmes Continuum Press 2005), a past president of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Communication, The Journal of Ecocriticism, Green Letters, the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and three book series in the environmental humanities. His current book projects include Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times and Ecocritique Across the Arts: Resonant Themes for Precarious Futures.
Hunter Vaughan is an associate professor of English and cinema studies at Oakland University, and a 2017–18 visiting lecturer with University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He did his PhD at the University of Oxford, and is the author of Where Film Meets Philosophy (Columbia University Press 2013) and numerous articles and book chapters on ecocriticism, film theory and philosophy, and identity in screen culture. His recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between media and the environment, and his upcoming book, Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret (Columbia University Press 2018), explores the environmental impact of film culture. Combining ecological cultural ethics, production studies, natural philosophy, and ethnography, Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret offers an alternative environmental history of Hollywood—and of the social function of screen culture—from the classical era to the contemporary digital turn, looking in particular at the material consequences of how we make, watch, and dispose of movies.
James Schwoch is a professor at Northwestern University, with appointments in the Department of Communication Studies; the PhD Program in Media, Technology, and Society; the PhD Program in Technology and Social Behavior; and the PhD Program in Science and Human Culture. He is also a faculty affiliate with Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy. His areas of research and teaching include global media, media history, international studies, global security, and media-communication-environment. His forthcoming new book, Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier (University of Illinois Press) brings together media history and environmental studies to narrate the story of the telegraph and North America west of the Mississippi River during the latter half of the nineteenth century.