Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies (e-ISSN: 2183-0886 | ISSN: 2184-0458) is a thematic journal of the area of Cultural Studies. Published since 2013 in the OJS system, this journal has a rigorous scientific arbitration system and is published in Portuguese and English twice a year. From 2013 to 2016, was published by the University of Minho and Aveiro, in conjunction with the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies. From 2017 onwards it is published exclusively by the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho. The editorial board of Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies integrates renowned specialists in Cultural Studies from all over the world.

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Visual culture flows and paths

Moisés de Lemos Martins & Zara Pinto-Coelho

4(1) - 2017 | CECS-UMinho

ISSN:ISSN: 2183-0886(online) | ISSN: 2184-0458 (print)

“Over recent years, image-making practices (e.g. photographing, filming, editing and drawing) have undergone multiple transformations – driven by the expanding dialogue between digital visual technologies, social network platforms, videos/websites and image-sharing apps. This dialogue has made it possible to develop new forms of visuality and thereby new practices within, and across, a variety of online and offline fields.
In this issue we analyse the scope and dimensions of these changes, how they have been incorporated into society and everyday life, their social, political, cultural, aesthetic and poetic implications, and their impact on the continuous redefinition of the functioning of visual communication and its place in contemporary societies.
We included the concept of “flow” to designate the theme of this issue, which is dedicated to visual culture, since flow is a key metaphor for life. Flow and life tend to develop in a constant tension between balance and imbalance, and between harmony and disharmony. Life experiences are stages over the course of a lifetime”. [Introductory note]