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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Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies vol. 1 nº 1

Rosa Cabecinhas & David Callahan (eds.)

vol.1 n.1 - 2013 |


The Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies was born of both a dream and a necessity. The dream was to gather – from the same epistemological field and in a journal format – the vast amount of research which has been produced in this area, in a diversity of contexts. Despite the diversity of the themes of investigation, contexts, research methods and motivations, several shared characteristics were identified. Amongst these shared characteristics, in terms of cultural themes, we highlight the idea of complexity (Morin), the emphasis on contextual production, the multidimensionality and contingency of knowledge (‘the place where we speak’), and above all, the civic and political commitment (participation in the polis), with a view to construct socially relevant knowledge with a commitment to Culture and Democracy. On the other hand, research in the area of Culture frequently appears to be extremely fluid, and is thus dispersed in a variety of different publications in a diversity of fields, which does not allow for a more systematic and complete source for the vast amount of research that has been conducted in recent years in this area. Thus, there was a necessity to create this journal, the first in Portugal to be specifically dedicated to Cultural Studies.  [Editorial]