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New Articles on Translation by CECC Researchers
CECC Researchers Alexandra Lopes and Rita Bueno Maia have authored two new articles which have just been published in a special issue of the Journal Cadernos de Tradução. Alexandra Lopes is the author of the article "The Poetics of Movement & Translation – The Case of Richard Zimler’s Strawberry Fields Forever" and Rita Bueno Maia wrote "Portuguese Knights-Errant in Nineteenth Century Paris and Rio: Translation as Response to Exile in Global Cities". For more information on this issue of Cadernos de Tradução v. 37, n. 1 (2017): Moving Bodies Across Transland, visit the website here.
"Women Speak" by Carla Ganito
Researcher Carla Ganito has published a new book, titled "Women Speak: Gendering the Mobile Phone", which results from the work conducted for her doctoral dissertation. The book seeks to provide a better understanding of the relationship between women and technology through an inquiry into the significance of mobile phones in the lives of Portuguese women. Recent theoretical developments suggest too little emphasis has been placed on differences between women themselves. The initial impetus for carrying out this research stemmed from contributing towards meeting this gap by investigating the scope of mobile phones as the basis for the increased technological intimacy of women whilst without reinstating the old binary oppositions between men and women. The study focuses on the mobile phone as a site where the nuances of women’s experiences with technology become visible and on adult women as a meaningful yet underrepresented group. More information can be found here.
Diana Gonçalves publishes book on 9/11
CECC researcher Diana Gonçalves has just published a new book, based on the research conducted for her PhD thesis, titled 9/11: Culture, Catastrophe and the Critique of Singularity (De Gruyter, 2016). Even though much has been said and written about 9/11, the work developed on this subject has mostly explored it as an unparalleled event, a turning point in history. This book wishes to look instead at how disruptive events promote a network of associations and how people resort to comparison as a means to make sense of the unknown, i.e. to comprehend what seems incomprehensible. In order to effectively discuss the complexity of 9/11, this book articulates different fields of knowledge and perspectives such as visual culture, media studies, performance studies, critical theory, memory studies and literary studies to shed some light on 9/11 and analyze how the event has impacted on American social and cultural fabric and how the American society has come to terms with such a devastating event. A more in-depth study of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close draws attention to the cultural construction of catastrophe and the plethora of cultural products 9/11 has inspired. It demonstrates how the event has been integrated into American culture and exemplifies what makes up the 9/11 imaginary. For more information, see here.
Nelson Ribeiro elected Chair of IAMCR’s Communication History Section
CECC researcher and Dean of the School of Human Sciences at UCP, Nelson Ribeiro was elected Chair of the Communication History Section at the International Association for Media and Communication Research. The Section emphasises media history and the historical relations between the media and power structures and a variety of perspectives on the globalisation of communication since the rise of modernity. Members are interested in work that foregrounds the role of communication technologies and applications in social formation and historical change. For the 4-year term, Gideon Kouts (Université Paris 8) was also elected as Vice-Chair. Nelson Ribeiro will also become a member of IAMCR’s International Council. For more detailed information on the Section and its work, visit their webpage here.
Isabel Gil appointed Chair of ICLA's new Committee
Professor Isabel Gil, Vice-Rector of UCP and CECC researcher, has been appointed Chair of a new Committee founded by the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), designated as ICLA Early-Career Researcher Development Committee. The purpose of this newly created Committee is to monitor doctoral programmes in the field, promote communication and job opportunities and, simultaneously, bring students and post-docs closer to the Association. Besides Professor Isabel Gil as Chair of the Committee, both Professor William Spurlin (Brunel University, UK) and Emanuelle Santos (Post-Doc, University of Warwick) have been nominated Vice-Chairs.
Media History by Nelson Ribeiro
The special issue of the Journal Media History titled “Revisiting transnational broadcasting: The BBC’s foreign-language services during the Second World War” has been reviewed in the European Journal of Communication, 31(3): 365-366. This special issue was co-edited by CECC researcher Nelson Ribeiro and was published in the last quarter of 2015. You can read the introduction to this special issue, written by Nelson Ribeiro and Stephanie Seul, here. For more information on the review, see here.
CECC Researcher co-coordinates European Project
The development of multilingualism is one of the priorities repeatedly reaffirmed by the European Union. In connection with this language policy, many works and achievements have emerged around the notion of plurilingual and intercultural competence. The development of this competence is one of the first objectives of the Common European Framework for Languages, which is currently the basis for the teaching and learning of languages in Europe. Yet, this specific dimension of the Framework is still often ignored in language policies and practices, as recalled by the recent Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education. The Project EVAL-CI proposes to develop these descriptors (specifying them into fine descriptors) as well as a protocol, and assessment and certification tools, for intercomprehension skills in Romance languages. It will also establish, to the attention of the community of teaching and learning of languages, an overview on the state of the art of research on intercomprehension skills and on their assessment, which will also serve as basis for the project’s work. The project is co-cordinated by Filomena Capucho and counts on the collaboration of CECC researcher Antonio Chenoll.
Researcher awarded prize by SOPCOM
The Board of Directors of SOPCOM has just announced that the Jury of their Book Collection has decided to award first prize in their annual competition to the publication of the book A imagem em acção: Percursos em semiótica visual, co-authored by CECC researcher José Gabriel Andrade, with Luísa Magalhães (CECS-UM and CEFH- UCP Braga), and Ivone Ferreira (LabCom.IFP, UBI). The Jury was composed by Joaquim Paulo Serra (Universidade da Beira Interior and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOPCOM), Aníbal Alves (Universidade do Minho), Moisés de Lemos Martins (Universidade do Minho), Tito Cardoso e Cunha (Universidade da Beira Interior) and Maria Augusta Babo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Also taking part in the competition was the book proposal by researcher Patrícia Dias (in cooperation with Nuno da Silva Jorge), whose Pensar Social Media: Uma visão estratégica para a comunicação das organizações contemporâneas was awarded fourth place.
"Media Business Models": Chapters by CECC Researchers
CECC researchers Patrícia Dias, Rita Figueiras and Nelson Ribeiro have just published new articles included in the volume Media Business Models: breaking the traditional value chain, edited by Klaus Zilles and Joan Cuenca. Patrícia Dias wrote a chapter titled "Hot Brands are Cool: The Temperature Scale as a Tool for Branding in a Digital Society", whilst Rita Figueiras and Nelson Ribeiro are the authors of the chapter "The Disruption of the Portuguese Media Democracy? Economic Crisis and Media Ownership". Published at Peter Lang, this volume addresses the crisis in the traditional media and explores scenarios and developments which point to new configurations arising from new media business models, innovative ways in which media practitioners engage their audiences, intercontinental media phenomena, user-generated content and the general disconnect between print and online media paradigms. For more information, see here.
Trever Hagen: Guest Researcher at CECC
Professor Trever Hagen (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Exeter) has just become a Guest Researcher at CECC, where he will be staying for the duration of the next school year (2016/2017). Trever Hagen is a cultural sociologist working in music and sound. His research focuses on how cultural ecologies are used as resources to distribute opportunities for collective agency, and is driven by ethnographic fieldwork and archival sources, examining how people, objects and events come to be connected in patterned ways that subsequently produce realities. He is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and his research project, "Hearing and Listening in Urban Spaces", addresses how communities, city councils, transnational organizations and industry attribute value to quiet areas in urban environments. The research investigates how people use everyday, functional sounds as an empowering social inclusion device set against the uneven distribution and development of acoustically valued areas in cities. The project takes Budapest, Trieste, Lisbon and Exeter as case studies. Trever Hagen is also the co-editor (with Anna Lisa Tota, University of Roma Tre) of the Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies (2015). His monograph, Living in the Merry Ghetto: the music and politics of the Czech Underground, is forthcoming on Oxford University Press.
New Book on Post-Conflict Cinema
Edited by CECC researchers Adriana Martins, Alexandra Lopes and Mónica Dias, Mediations of Disruption in Post-Conflict Cinema is a transdisciplinary volume that addresses the cinematic mediation of a wide range of conflicts. From World War II and its aftermath to the exploration of colonial and post-colonial experiences and more recent forms of terrorism, it debates the possibilities, constraints and efficacy of the discursive practices this mediation entails. Despite its variety and amplitude in scope and width, the innovative and singular aspect of the book lies in the fact that the essays give voice to a variety of regions, issues, and filmmaking processes that tend either to remain on the outskirts of the publishing world and/or to be granted only partial visibility in volumes of regional cinema. The book has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. For more information, see here.
"Writing New Worlds": new book by Marília dos Santos Lopes
Researcher Marília dos Santos Lopes has just published a new book, titled Writing New Worlds: The Cultural Dynamics of Curiosity in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). The book analyses the different ways in which travel literature constituted a fundamental pillar in the production of knowledge in the modern era. The impressive frequency of publication and the widespread circulation of translations and editions account for the leading and essential contribution of travel literature for a better understanding and awareness about the dynamics and practices associated with decoding and making sense of the prose of the world. These texts, in some cases accompanied by illustrations, covered a broad and extensive panoply of languages, grammars and ways of seeing, translating and writing new worlds. In drawing special attention to internationally less-studied sources from Portugal and Germany, the book shows how authors, scholars and artists between the 15th and 17th centuries responded to the challenges of modernity, and explores the cultural dynamics involved in grasping and understanding the New. For more information, see here.
Jornal de Letras discusses revolutions with José Miguel Sardica
Researcher José Miguel Sardica has been interviewed by Jornal de Letras to discuss some of the ideas that are at the centre of his most recent publication, the book Terminar a Revolução. A Política Portuguesa de Napoleão a Salazar, which has just been published by Temas e Debates / Círculo de Leitores. In the interview, José Miguel Sardica analyses the implications that revolutionary processes had on Portuguese politics over a period of 125 years, between 1808 and 1933, that is, from the destabilizing consequences of Napoleonic Wars until Salazar's rise to power. Read the full interview here.
The Humanities by Isabel Gil
Researcher Isabel Gil has authored a new book, titled "Humanidade(s): Considerações Radicalmente Contemporâneas", included in the book series Argumento published by Universidade Católica Editora. Starting from the premise that the Humanities are in crisis because crisis is, in many ways, something that defines them, the book inquires into how the current context has looked into a field whose very own existence is based upon processes of constant questioning. Assuming that the Humanities can be defined as the guardians of our shared humanity, the book analyses the grounds for the discourse that legitimates the growing invisibility of humanistic knowledge when it comes to financial investment in scientific research in Portugal and Europe.
The book can be ordered here.
New Report on Children and Technologies
On the date that marks the commemoration of "Safer Internet Day" (9th Februrary) all across Europe, CECC has published the national report of an exploratory qualitative study themed "Young Children (0-8 years old) and Digital technologies", coordinated by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The Portuguese Report is authored by researchers Patrícia Dias (CECC - UCP) and Rita Brito (UIDEF - UL) and looks at the engagement of children under 8 years old, and their families, with digital technologies in the household in the Portuguese context. More specifically, the research explores the dynamics between children and parents, and also between uses and perceptions of both, in order to identify digital activities and practices, and the benefits and risks associated to them. The qualitative approach used interviews to both parents and children, and included diverse activities, such as filling a daily routine schedule, a game about favourite activities, and a digital tour in which children showed their devices, their favourite activities with them and the context of use. The sample included 10 families with children aged 6 or 7 years old who used a digital device at least once a week. The same protocol was conducted in the 18 European countries which were part of the project in 2015. The full report can be read here.
New book "Rereading Schleiermacher"
Rereading Schleiermacher: Translation, Cognition and Culture is the tile of the new book edited by CECC's researcher Teresa Seruya, along with José Miranda Justo, and published by Springer-Verlag as part of its series on "New Frontiers in Translation Studies". The book celebrates the bicentenary of Schleiermacher’s famous Berlin conference "On the Different Methods of Translating" (1813) at the Berlin Academy and is the product of an international Call for Papers that welcomed scholars from many international universities, inviting them to discuss and illuminate the theoretical and practical reception of a text that is not only arguably canonical for the history and theory of translation, but which has moreover never ceased to be present both in theoretical and applied Translation Studies and remains a mandatory part of translator training. The book follows the Conference "1813-2013: Two Centuries of Reading Friedrich Schleiermacher's seminal text 'On the different methods of translating'", held in Lisbon on October 24th and 25th 2013, co-organized by CECC.
CECC in the Leverhulme Network “Connecting the Wireless World: writing global radio history”
The research project “Connecting the Wireless World: writing global radio history” has been awarded a grant by the Leverhulme Trust. The project aims to produce a ‘connected history’ of wireless, exploring how radio was used to link broadcasters and listeners in different countries. Led by Simon Potter (University of Bristol), the network brings together researchers affiliated with seven different research centres worldwide, including CECC's member Nelson Ribeiro. The activities of the network will start in March 2016.
New book "Beyond the Internet"
Beyond the Internet: Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave is the title of the new book edited by CECC's researcher Rita Figueiras and Paula do Espírito Santo (University of Lisbon), included in the series "Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society". Beyond the Internet examines the technological dimension of the recent wave of protest movements in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland. Offering an opportunity to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics between society, politics and technology, this volume questions the essentialist attributes of the Internet that fuel the techno-centric discourse. The contributors illustrate how the Internet has helped empower these protest movements and link them all together, yet has not had the power to overcome the extranet inequalities and democratic deficits that each country faced on its own terms. For more information, visit www.routledge.com/9781138915640
2015: The Year of the Orpheu
The book 1915 - O Ano do Orpheu, coordinated by researcher Steffen Dix and published in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of literary magazine Orpheu, has been included in several end of year lists. In weekly magazine "Sábado", a panel of specialists has chosen its cover as one ot the top 10 best covers designed by Portuguese illustrators in 2015. Full article can be read here. Writing for Público's "Ipsilon", Isabel Coelho has also elected 1915 - O Ano do Orpheu as one of the books to be included in an alternative list of the best publications of 2015. The article can be read here.
New Book on Cabral do Nascimento
Cabral do Nascimento. Escrever o mundo por detrás de um monóculo e a partir de um farol is the title of the book edited by Ana Salgueiro (CECC's researcher and doctoral student at the Culture Studies Programme) and Paulo Miguel Rodrigues which has just been published by Imprensa Académica UMa. The book includes more than 500 texts authored by Cabral do Nascimento (a large percentage of which have remained unknown so far), as well as contributions by several researchers, artists and relatives of Cabral do Nascimento. This is the first edition to be included in a new collection titled "Tratuário. Percurso para a História da Cultura Madeirense", which is set to approach the history of culture in Madeira.
Steffen Dix discusses Pessoa's legacy
On 30 November 1935, Fernando Pessoa died in Lisbon, at the age of only 47 years old. 80 years after his death, he is commonly acknowledged as the greatest Portuguese writer of the twentieth century and one of the key figures of literary Modernism. On the date that signals his death, Steffen Dix, who has published extensively on Fernando Pessoa and Modernism, discussed the writer's legacy with two German radio stations.
Both interviews are available online, at Deutschlandfunk and WDR5.
H-Soz-Kult Forum reviews Workshop "Renaissance Craftsmen"
The Workshop “Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars: European Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany” has been reviewed in detail by the online Forum H-Soz-Kult. The Workshop took place on the 20th and 21st of November 2014, at the National Library of Portugal (BNP), in Lisbon, and was organized by CECC, in collaboration with the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT, University of Lisbon) and BNP.
H-Soz-Kult is a specialised forum and an online information and communication platform for historians which publishes academic news and publications. Founded in 1996 and located at the History Department of the Humboldt University of Berlin, the platform embraces the motto “from academics – for academics – by academics” and is committed to the principles of open-access and community network.
You can find the detailed review of the Workshop here.
New book "From Multitude to Crowds"
CECC's researcher Eduardo Cintra Torres, along with Samuel Mateus (researcher at CECL-Nova University), are the editors of the new book From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media, which results from the International Conference held at Católica in Lisbon last January.
From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media presents a study of collective action in the 21st century. Experts from the fields of Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Political Communication and Media Studies offer a multidisciplinary approach to social formations in contemporary collective action. The various contributions discuss the relevance of media and communications in social movements and how social mobilization has changed in mediatized societies. Some of the book's contributors include the Conference's Keynote Speakers, namely Todd Gitlin, Christian Borch, Erik Neveu, Gustavo Cardoso and João Carlos Correia.
The book has been published by Peter Lang, as part of the series "Passagem: Studies in Cultural Sciences" (Vol. 8), which is edited by Peter Hanenberg and Marília dos Santos Lopes. For more information on the book, visit Peter Lang.
New book "Thinking Colours"
CECC's researcher Elisabetta Colla and Victoria Bogushevskaya are the editors of the book "Thinking Colours: Perception, Translation and Representation" which has just been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The essays collected into this volume are organized into five interrelated sections exploring discourse on the interaction between sensation, perceptions of colour and the various forms of their cultural representation. The contributors analyse aspects related to colour "labelling", its mediation and representation, consider traditional and new approaches to colour, and explore the cultural productivity of colour across different fields.
This volume was inspired by the Conference "Thinking Colours: Perception, Translation and Representation, held in Lisbon in March 2012 and organized by CECC. For more information on the book, see here.
Gonçalo Pereira Rosa awarded publication prize
CECC's researcher Gonçalo Pereira Rosa has been awarded a publication prize, within the framework of the Incentive Programme for Research and Publication in the field of Communication, promoted by the Portuguese Government.
Gonçalo Pereira Rosa's PhD theses, which discusses media representations of different threats in the context of the risk society and examines two recent events (the Prestige sinking and the flu pandemics) focusing on the process of social construction in the news, was ranked the best work among eleven submitted to the Programme and appreciated by the jury.
Gonçao Pereira Rosa is the author of two other books, A Quercus nas Notícias (2006) and Parem as Máquinas! (2015).
New Book Review of "Translating Camões"
Luso-Brazilian Review, a journal of the University of Wisconsin Press, has publishhed a review on Landeg White's book Translating Camões: a personal record. Considering this as just "the latest of Landeg White's many worthy contributions to Camoniana", the review also highlights that this is a book "that should be of interest and use not only to any serious student of Camões's towering contribution to world literature and the general translator from the Portuguese language but to the translator of any stripe".
Luso-Brazilian Review publishes interdisciplinary scholarship on Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African cultures, with special emphasis on scholarly works in literature, history, and the social sciences. You can read the full review here.
Ana Margarida Abrantes is the new Chair of APEG
Ana Margarida Abrantes, researcher at CECC and Professor at the School of Human Sciences (UCP), is the new Chair of APEG (Portuguese Association of German Studies). The new Board of Directors, elected in general assembly on March 26, also includes Professors Gerd Hammer (FLUL) and Gerald Bär (Univ. Aberta and CECC's researcher) as vice-presidents, and Maria João Cordeiro (IP Beja and CECC's researcher), Fernando Clara (UNL), Júlia Garraio (ICS, Univ. Coimbra) and Idalete Dias (Univ. do Minho).
The Board of Directors of the Association is, thus, once again chaired by a Professor of the School of Human Sciences, as the position was held by Professor Peter Hanenberg between 2006-2010.
For more information on APEG, visit their website http://www.germanistik-portugal.org.
Anne Martina Emonts awarded Visiting Fellowship
Anne Martina Emonts, researcher at CECC and CIERL (University of Madeira), has just been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (EXILE) of the Institute of Modern Languages (University of London). The "Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Visiting Fellowship" is awarded every year to researchers working in the field of German-speaking exile in the UK. Anne Martina Emonts will spend the next months at the Institute of Modern Languages developing her research on the exile of Mechtilde Lichnowsky and her life and cultural activities amongst other exiles in London before World War I and after World War II.
Steffen Dix publishes new book on '1915 - The Year of the ORPHEU'
1915 - O Ano do Orpheu is the title of the new book coordinated by researcher Steffen Dix, which has just been published by Tinta-da-China. The book includes a total of 25 articles, which focus on the context of the first Portuguese modernism and the protagonists of 'Orpheu'. Guest authors include, amongst others, Manuel Villaverde Cabral, Nuno Júdice, José Barreto, João Pedro George, Jerónimo Pizarro, Arnaldo Saraiva and Ellen Sapega.
Steffen Dix has explained in an interview to Jornal de Letras the relevance that the literary magazine still holds as we celebrate its 100th anniversary. You can read full article here.
Researcher awarded Prize for Excellent Paper
CECC's researcher Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues has just been awarded the prize "Excelente Comunicação - IPPS-Montepio António Dornelas" for her paper titled Literacia da Paisagem e do Risco: Educação e Participação Local na Reinvenção de uma Democracia Glocal, which she wrote in collaboration with Sara Bonati. The paper was presented at the XII CONLAB - 1st Congress of the International Association for Social and Human Sciences in Portuguese.
Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues and Sara Bonati have been working on the research project DMDM - “(Dis)Memory of Disaster? Culture and natural hazards, catastrophe and resilience. Madeira island, a case study”, which results from a partnership between CECC and CIERL (Reseach Center for Local and Regional Studies of the University of Madeira). Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues is also a PhD Candidate in The Lisbon Consortium Doctoral Programme in Culture Studies.
The paper which has now been awarded the prize for Excellent Communication can be read here.
MA in Culture Studies ranks number 3 worldwide
The MA in Culture Studies at the School of Human Sciences - Catholic University of Portugal was ranked number 3 in the worldwide Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking in Arts and Cultural Management.
Part of The Lisbon Consortium network, the MA in Culture Studies is the only Portuguese Degree in the Top 25 of the Arts and Cultural Management ranking, which can be found here.
For more information on the MA in Culture Studies, visit the School of Human Sciences' website.
COST Action In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe
Isabel Capeloa Gil and Daniela Agostinho, coordinator and member of the Research Line Art, Culture and Citizenship, have been appointed national delegates for the COST Action In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME), a network investigating the transnational dynamics of production and circulation of cultural memory in Europe. More information can be found at the Action's website, http://www.transculturalmemoryineurope.net/
Generation 2020: Looking at the Future
The University is the institution that may contribute the most to make Portugal a better place to live in the near future - that is one of the main conclusions of the study "Generation 2020: The future of Portugal in the eyes of University students", conducted by Imago – Llorente & Cuenca, with the participation of CECC's Coordinator, Professor Peter Hanenberg, and researcher Patrícia Dias.
The study, aimed at understanding the expectations of the younger generations regarding the future of Portugal, concludes that the majority of students is optimistic and believes that education is a key factor for national development. The main conclusions of the study can be found here.
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