The CECS in 2018: intervention, research, publication and education

For the Communication and Society Research Centre, 2018 was a very demanding year. On the one hand, the evaluation of the FCT had to be prepared. On the other hand, for four months, from January to April, a set of external constraints prevented the CECS from making any execution of funds. With around two hundred researchers (members, doctoral students and collaborators), the CECS activity has not failed to fulfill all its demands: intervention, research, publication and education.

Intervention: a year of beginnings

Following up on its strategic project, CECS launched in 2018 two observatories – MILObs and POLObs -, the cultural platform Passeio and the Think Tank – Communitas. MILObs is an Observatory of Media, Information and Literacy, which monitors and monitors what is done in the field of education for the media and POLObs is an Observatory of Communication and Culture Policies, a project that monitors the regulation of media and culture and other actions relating to these fields. A Passeio is a platform of urban art and culture that sets the look on the streets of the city, from architecture and graffiti to advertising and window-shopping. Communitas, for its part, is a platform for debate that accompanies the public space agenda and is widely open to the community.

Research: a bet on congresses, seminars and projects

With regard to research, the Permanent Science Seminar was created with and for the Society, and the work of the other Permanent Seminars was continued. In 2018 the research projects “EXCHANGE – Forensic Geneticists and the Transnational Exchange of DNA Data in the EU: Engaging Science with Social Control, Citizenship and Democracy”, or “Transmedia Literacy: Exploiting Transmedia Skills and Informal Learning Strategies to Improve formal education “,” P25 – Global and integrated management of industrialization projects “,” CreE.A – Building a European area of Mediation for Social Inclusion “,” SHARE-Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe “. And the partnership with the Aga Khan network was initiated through the project “Memories, cultures and identities: How the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?”. Ready to start, there are also two new projects funded by the FCT: “Audio Repository: building sonic-based memories” and “Festa, cultural heritage and community sustainability: research and communication in the case of Bugiada and Mouriscada de Sobrado”.

The year 2018 was also important in terms of organization and participation in congresses. The CECS researchers organized, in some cases, and co-organized in others, the congresses: “Culture and Tourism” (with the Polytechnic University of Mozambique), “Lusocom” (with Lusophone associations of Communication Sciences), Trial and Error II – Innovation and trends between the classroom and the company “(4th Conference of the ECREA Working Group on Research in Journalism and Communication Education),” Europe as a space for Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation “,” Contemporary Challenges to Forensic Genetics in Society “and” Portugal in (and in time of) Great War. “The CECS also participated in the IAMCR 2018 Congress, the ECREA 2018 and the X Portuguese Congress of Sociology.

The year was also ads. In September, it was confirmed that the CECS will be responsible for organizing the European Communication Conference 2020, the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Publication: a diversity of themes

During 2018, the CECS edited two volumes of the journal Communication and Society, dedicated to the themes Epistemology and Methodologies in Communication and Lusophone Studies and Communication Sciences. Two issues of the Lusophone Review of Cultural Studies were also published, one on Sound textures: the acoustic side of culture and the other on Discourses and image of cultural tourism.

With regard to publications, the CECS also published the books Activity Agenda for Transliteracy “Bringing the Media to School”, Publi- city and urban visual communication, ParticipAD – Participatory advertising: a global perspective with Latin American focus and the books of minutes Living in the mobility: towards new cultures of time, space and distance and Cyberculture, media regulation and cooperation.

The CECS also published a new style book, an updated edition of the CECS Manual of Publications.

Education: from masters to post-doctorates

In 2018, twenty doctoral exams and several dozens of master’s degrees associated with the CECS research team were held. The seminars of the Tordesilhas Doctoral College and other events (Google Training, MCC Experience, doctoral seminars and training courses, among others) were also held at the CECS PhD, the Master’s Degree in Communication, Art and Culture. For the accomplishment of these activities much contributed also the visiting researchers that realized advanced scientific stages of PhD and post-doctoral.

On the other hand, the PhD program Languages, Cultures and Society began in Mozambique, at the University of Zambezi. This PhD results from a partnership between the University of Zambezi and the University of Minho. The subject of Intercultural Communication is taught by CECS researchers.

[Posted 21-12-2018]