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Lecture by David Altheide
Date: 29 March | 6:30pm
Venue: Room 422 (Library Building)
Professor David Altheide (Arizona State University) will be giving a lecture at Universidade Católica Portuguesa on March 29, at 6:30pm, to debate "The Media Syndrome and Contemporary Crises". David Altheide, PhD, is Emeritus Regents' Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, where he taught for 37 years. His work has focused on the role of mass media and information technology in social control. Dr. Altheide received the Cooley Award three times, given to the outstanding book in symbolic interaction, from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction: in 2007 for Terrorism and the Politics of Fear (2006); in 2004 for Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis (2002); and in 1986 for Media Power (1985). Dr. Altheide received the 2005 George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime contributions from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the society's Mentor Achievement Award in 2007. He was selected as a Fulbright Specialist in 2011.
CECC Coffee Break with Francesca Comunello
Date: 30 March 2017 | 2:30pm
Francesca Comunello, Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), will be the special guest of the next edition of CECC Coffee Break, on Thursday, March 30th, at 2:30pm. "Between 'debunking' and 'echo-chamber' effects. Exploring the vaccination controversy among Italian social media users" is the title of the research statement that will be open for debate. Francesca Comunello has taught internet studies, social media management, globalization and new media, online journalism, interactive system design, computer-mediated communication and sociology of communication. Her research and publications focus on the intersections between digital technology and society. This includes research on network theories, digitally-mediated social relations, mobile communication, social media, social network sites, social media and disaster communication, and digital inequalities. For more information on her work, see here.
Spring School 2017
Date: 3-7 April 2017
The 4th edition of the Spring School in Communication Studies, coorganised by CECC, Södertörn University and Lund University, will take place in the first week of April, from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th. This Spring School 2017 will thematise "Media, Culture and Power" during an intense week, combining a mixture of lectures and seminars from leading researchers in the field, with student presentations of ongoing research. Lecturers will include Professors Annette Hill (Lund University), Eduardo Cintra Torres (UCP), Göran Bolin (Södertörn University), Rita Figueiras (UCP), Sofia Johansson (Södertörn University), Stina Bengtsson (Södertörn University) and Tina Askanius (Lund University). For more information, visit the Spring School website.
Poetry Reading by Landeg White
CECC researcher Landeg White, who is also a writer, poet and translator, participated recently in the 7th edition of the Goa Arts & Literary Festival, where he was invited to give a Poetry Reading at the opening cerimony. The Reading has been posted online by the organization responsible for the festival and can be found here. Landeg White will also be publishing two new books later this year: Camões: Made in Goa, a selection of lyrics Camões actually wrote while in Goa, where he lived for 15 years, and The Poets who weren't Camões, which is the result of a research project Landeg White has been conducting over the past years with Hélio Alves (U. of Évora).
New Book edited by Marília Lopes
Researcher Marília dos Santos Lopes has edited a new book, in collaboration with Thomas Horst and Henrique Leitão, on Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars: Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany. The study of the relations between Portugal and the German-speaking countries in the 15th and 16th centuries is an intriguing topic that has attracted the interest of scholars for some decades. In recent years, evidence accumulated has shown that there was still much to be known and even some large areas were still unexplored. In order to better grasp the nature of what was a complex historical phenomenon, an interdisciplinary approach to the topic turned out to be necessary by deepening the understanding of what is usually termed the circulation of knowledge. The present book shows how knowledge travels with people, with artifacts, along commercial lines, and is created and transformed by the intervention of individuals from various educational and social strata.
Two junior researchers at CECC have been awarded PhD Scholarships by FCT to support their work in the field of Communication and Media Studies. Filipe Resende and Raquel Ubach Trindade, currently enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Communication at the School of Human Sciences (UCP), are both conducting research in the area of Political Communication: Filipe Resende is investigating the narrative of political defeat in the Portuguese Press, while Raquel Ubach Trindade is writing her PhD thesis on the mediatization of the presidency from 1986 up to the present. Only 14 Scholarships were awarded by FCT in the field of Communication and Media Studies in the 2016 Call for PhD Studentships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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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