Apocalyptic Authoritarianism: Climate Crisis, Media, and Power with Dr. Hanna Morris

When and Where

Monday, February 28, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Hanna E. Morris, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


About the Lecture

In this talk, I will discuss how journalists are responding to the contemporary threats of authoritarianism and climate change. Through the introduction of my current book project entitled Apocalyptic Authoritarianism: Climate Crisis, Media, and Power and a discussion of media coverage of the Green New Deal (published as a paper in Environmental Communication), I will detail how discursive strategies of exclusion, fearmongering, and “Othering” close off a more nuanced and robust discussion of climate policies and politics in United States media. Left uncritiqued, I argue that climate journalism and climate communication more broadly (e.g., across politics, art, culture, religion, and language), risk endorsing anti-democratic modes of governance that perpetuate—as opposed to address—the threats of the climate crisis.

About the Speaker

Hanna E. Morris (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is an interdisciplinary scholar of media, culture, and the climate crisis. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently writing a book entitled Apocalyptic Authoritarianism: Climate Crisis, Media, and Power. Hanna’s research and writing have been published in various academic journals and popular media outlets including Environmental Communication, Politique Américaine, Media Theory, Reading the Pictures, and Earth Island Journal. She is also the co-editor of a new book entitled Climate Change and Journalism: Negotiating Rifts of Time. Hanna’s scholarship has been recognized by the Stuart Hall Award, New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship, and three Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association and the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.

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