Workshop: The language of debate and communication about climate change


Paleis der Academiën Brussel - 22-09-2021 | Campus Arenberg Leuven  

The language of debate and communication about climate change

Activity in the context of the Thinkers' cycle 

This workshop is one of the events which are part of the Thinkers Cycle “The language of debate and communication about climate change in Flanders”, with thinkers-in-residence Prof. Kjersti Fløttum (University of Bergen, Norway) and Prof. Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zürich, Switzerland). 

This two-day workshop will take place in Brussels on 21 September 2021 and in Leuven on 22 September. You can register for the full two days or for one.

The book of abstracts has been made available. Presenters of papers will take up to 20 minutes for their presentation, leaving 10 minutes for Q&A.


Please note that participation, coffee and lunches are free, but for organisational reasons we kindly ask you to register and to indicate whether you wish to have lunch. 

We are happy to be able to organise the workshops as onsite events, taking maximum care to observe the Covid-19 precautions. The rooms provided have the capacity to ensure social distancing. Within the buildings of the Academy (Brussels) and Campus Arenberg (Leuven) the rules of social distancing and the wearing of masks will be adhered to. 



1 Registration 09:30 - 10:00
2 Welcoming words by 10:00 - 10:15
Elisabeth Monard, President of KVAB (presenter)
Kristin Davidse, Coordinator of the Thinkers' Cycle (organiser)
Anne-Marie Vandenbergen, Coordinator of the Thinkers' Cycle (organiser)
3 Keynote: "Climate stories" - from science and politics to citizens' opinions 10:15 - 11:15
Kjersti Flottum, Thinker (speaker)
4 Coffee break 11:15 - 11:30
5 Young climate activists' identity work on Instagram 11:30 - 12:00
Kim Schoofs, (speaker)
Dorien Van De Mieroop, (speaker)
6 Dutch "opwarming van de aarde", English "climate change", French "réchauffement climatique", German "globale Erwärmung". How Dutch, English, French and German Wikipedia entries present the topic of climate change 12:00 - 12:30
Tanja Mortelmans, (speaker)

7 Whose language? A linguistic ethnographic perspective on collaborative practices in the field of air quality 12:30 - 13:00
Seppe Goddaert, (speaker)
Geert Jacobs, (speaker)
Sofie Verkest, (speaker)
8 Lunch 13:00 - 14:00
9 Keynote: The media climate: public communication about climate change in news and social media 14:00 - 15:00
Mike Schäfer, Thinker (speaker)
10 Global-local duality in climate change discourse. A comparative analysis of positions in the Danish, Dutch and Flemish press 15:00 - 15:30
Godelieve Laureys, KVAB, UGent (speaker)
11 Coffee break 15:30 - 15:45
12 The covid-19 pandemic and climate change: scale and the mediatized representation of what we know, where we stand and what we should do 15:45 - 16:15
Stef Slembrouck, UGent (speaker)
13 Inconvenient climate predictions and the state's duty to inform: the case study of landslides in Southern Styria 16:15 - 17:00
Rutger Lazou, (speaker)
Magdalena Nemeth, (speaker)
Nicole Ritzhaupt, (speaker)


1 Registration 09:30 - 10:00
2 Welcoming words by the Coordinators of the Thinkers' Cycle 10:00 - 10:15
Kristin Davidse, KVAB, KU Leuven (organiser)
Anne-Marie Vandenbergen, KVAB, UGent (organiser)
3 Keynote: From Climate Change to a Climate for Change 10:15 - 11:15
Pieter Maeseele, (speaker)
Yves Pepermans, (speaker)
4 Coffee break 11:15 - 11:30
5 Responsibility for the climate - in the eyes of adolescents 11:30 - 12:00
Jan-Ola Östman, (speaker)
6 Promoting water coservation through its perceived uniqueness: the role of water's value, scarcity concerns, and moral obligation 12:00 - 12:30
Vasquez Casaubon, (speaker)
Verolien Cauberghe, (speaker)
Dieneke Van de Sompel, (speaker)
7 Anchoring and Positioning the Self and the Other in Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese Press Accounts about Climate Change 12:30 - 13:00
Lut Lams, (speaker)
8 Lunch 13:00 - 14:00
9 Climate communication between Flemish politicians and citizens on face-book 14:00 - 14:30
Kristin Davidse, KVAB, KU Leuven (speaker)
Wout Van Praet, (speaker)
Anne-Marie Vandenbergen, KVAB, UGent (speaker)
10 The value of sustainable fashion: the influence of sustainability cues and fashion style on brand values and attitudes 14:30 - 15:00
Barbara Behre, (speaker)
Verolien Cauberghe, (speaker)
11 Coffee break 15:00 - 15:15
12 Observing the climate change debate online: open tools and techniques 15:15 - 15:45
Tom Willaert, (speaker)
13 From the endangered polar bear to children: the promising role of the intergenerational narrative in the U.S. political and judicial climate movement 15:45 - 16:15
Carlotta Garofalo, (speaker)
Julia Interesse, (speaker)