Call for abstracts: Communicating climate hope @Tilburg University

Communicating climate hope: Countering eco-anxiety and climate doomism in research and practice

University of British Columbia and Tilburg University

Abstract submission deadline: April 8, 2024


About the conference

As the impacts of the climate crisis rise, we are also seeing a rise in eco-anxiety. Although experiencing such emotions may inspire some to act, for many the result is doomism, and a resulting inability to act. Therefore, the current Climate Hope event aims to explore the vital role of effective communication in fostering hope and driving positive action in the context of climate change.

The rise in eco-anxiety and doomism reflects a disconnect between understanding the climate crisis and acting to affect positive change. Communication plays a vital role in resolving this disconnect, aiming to understand the ways in which people think and talk about the problem, and to develop ways to promote beneficial framings and narratives that can contribute to positive, collective change. We see that academics across a range of disciplines are increasingly interested in studying climate literacy, effective climate communication, and positive coping mechanisms. However, for research to be truly impactful, it must be applied to real-life issues. This can be difficult for a simple reason – academics do not always talk to people outside the academic world, even though they are probably working on similar questions. Therefore, the current event aims to bring together scholars, communication professionals, activists, artists and change-makers in a two-day conference on the communication of climate hope.

Although we very much welcome participants from a wide range of disciplines to the conference, we focus on the following disciplines in this call for submissions: academics working on climate hope; artists who produce art in this direction; and community-oriented activists seeking to foster climate hope in the public sphere. We aim to organize sessions where perspectives meet, to learn from each other, and to find out how academia, art, and activism can strengthen each other. As can be read below, the specific submission guidelines are different for academics and artists/activists.


The Climate Hope conference has a “distributed-hybrid” design, which means that it will be held in-person at two local hubs: one in Europe (Tilburg University, the Netherlands), and one in North America (University of British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada). This distributed design allows for small group engagement and enables more sustainable local travel. The hybrid design enables collaboration at-a-distance, allowing real-time and asynchronous communication between hubs and with remote participants. Participants can indicate in which location they will attend the conference. At Tilburg the conference will be located at Mindlabs and at UBC it will be at Green College.

Both local hubs will have a combination of plenary talks by invited speakers; regular presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); and academic poster presentations combined with non-academic exhibitions.

Potential topics of the conference may include, but are not limited to:

  • Building Climate Resilience through Communication
  • Climate Art and Creativity
  • Climate Hope and Resiliency in Literary Spaces
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Narratives and (Interactive) Storytelling
  • Visual, Multimedia, and Multimodal Climate Messaging
  • Climate Activism
  • Science Communication and Public Understanding
  • Climate Hope Campaigns and Initiatives
  • Audience Characteristics and Inclusive Climate Communication
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Hope
  • Social Media and Online Communities
  • Psychology of Climate Doom, Eco-Anxiety, and Eco-Paralysis
  • Linguistic Analysis of Climate Communication
  • Ecolinguistics

Invited Speakers: University of British Columbia

Invited Speakers: Tilburg University


More information on the conference can be found here.