On December 2, at 2:30 pm, the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) launches the Permanent Seminar for Research and Community. In the first session of this seminar, which will have the theme “Facets of justice and violence in contemporary societies: discourses, materialities and representations”, researchers Nicoletta Mandolini, Ece Canli and Rafaela Granja will participate. Moderation will be done by Rita Ribeiro.
Nicoletta Mandolini will address the theme of gender violence and the ethics of representation in contemporary graphic narratives; Ece Canli will work on the prison heterocisnormative and the spatio-material politics of queer incarceration, and Rafaela Granja will debate genetic surveillance and the use of family genetic data in criminal investigations.
Nicoletta Mandolini is FCT Junior Researcher at CECS, where she is working on the project Sketch Her Story and Make It Popular. Using Graphic Narratives in Italian and Lusophone Feminist Activism Against Gender Violence. She worked as FWO Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium) and she owns a PhD from University College Cork (Ireland). Funded by the Irish Research Council, her doctorate project focused on the representation of gender-based violence and femicide in contemporary Italian journalistic and literary narratives. She is an active member of the CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) research cluster on Violence, Conflict, and Gender, which she co-convened from 2016 until 2019. Her research interests include feminist theory, gender-based violence, Italian women writers, comics studies, feminist media studies, and transmedia storytelling.
Ece Canlı is a design researcher and artist. She holds a Ph.D. from Design at University of Porto (Portugal), fully funded by FCT, and an MFA in Experience Design at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden). Her work sits at the intersection of decolonial queer feminist epistemologies, material regimes and body politics; more specifically, socio-spatio-material constitutions of gender, sexuality, race and other identity categories. She is a founding member of the research collective Decolonising Design Group and currently a researcher in CECS where she investigates the conditions and implications of queer incarceration from the viewpoint of materiality – design, architecture and emergent technologies in particular.
Rafaela Granja holds a PhD in Sociology (2015) and is a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), University of Minho, Portugal. In 2020 she was awarded a Grant from Scientific Employment Stimulus, promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research explores topics of technological surveillance of criminalized populations, the interconnections between family, genetics and crime, and reconfigurations of family relationships inside and outside the prison.
The Permanent Seminar for Research and Community aims to share and discuss with the community the work developed by CECS researchers, to make public the results of the different platforms of the centre, as well as to discuss and enhance future networks of joint work. It will have a monthly periodicity, taking place, during the pandemic, in a virtual way.