CFP ECREA’s European Communication conference

ECREA’s 5th European Communication Conference

The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), in partnership with Lusofona University, will organise the 5th European Communication Conference (ECC). The Conference, due to take place in Lisbon from 12 to 15 November 2014, has chosen as its overarching theme, ‘Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations’. The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on inter- and transcultural communication phenomena and/or on comparative research. that link the general conference theme, as developed below, to the fields pertinent to each ECREA section.

CFP: ‘Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations’

The ubiquitous presence of the media in contemporary society has led to the macro-institutions of society increasingly adapting themselves to (new) media logics , whereby there ceases to be a clear-cut separation between media and other social/cultural institutions. This situation begs for an analysis of how the fast-paced social and technological innovations of our media ecology alter various aspects of daily life, transforming national boundaries into transnational spaces, with resonance on markets and consumption. At the same time that the liberalization of content creation brought about by new media paves the way for innovations and the democratization of the creative economy through the production and distribution of user-generated content, we increasingly witness the prevalence of large economic groups in the design, control and filtering of information. Moreover, the interactive dimension of new technologies not only allows for the voluntary visibility of individuals and groups, but also acts as a means of disciplinary surveillance. As such, increasing cultural, economic and technological convergence implies the mastering of new literacies that allow for the use and critical understanding of both media form and media content. Reflection on the regulatory politics of the communication sector is thus paramount to facilitating both greater mobilization as well as political and cultural participation on the part of the common citizen in public space. Further, we should rethink the necessary balance between the public interest and the interests of the market, so as to ensure the promotion of citizenship, social capital and social inclusion.

Proposals for panels, individual papers and posters can be submitted to one of the 17 ECREA sections through the conference website from 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014.

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The preferred length of the individual abstracts is between 400 and 500 words (the maximum is 500 words).

Panel proposals, which should consist of five individual contributions, combine a panel abstract with five individual abstracts, each of which are between 400 and 500 words. Participants may submit more than one proposal, but only one paper or poster by the same first author will be accepted.

First authors can still be second (or third, etc.) author of other papers or posters, and can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.

All proposals should be submitted through the conference website from 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.


Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 2013

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has opened nominations for the CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN PRIZE until next May 31st. The Prize, worth 250.000€, will be awarded to an individual or non profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable impact and commitment to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment in man’s relationship with nature. Please refer to Prize website for the nomination form and Prize regulation.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development.


Who needs Intercultural Dialogues?

On October 27, 2012, I gave a talk entitled “Who needs intercultural dialogues?” as part of the Conferência Ouvindo o Outro: sobre o diálogo entre culturas [Conference on Listening to the Other: About Dialogue between Cultures], held prior to the avant premiere of the play Sots l’Ombra d’un Bell Arbre [Under the Shadow of a Leafy Tree]: The future is unwritten at the Centro Cultural Carregal do Sal, Portugal. This is a reinterpretation of Ramón Llull‘s play from the 13th century, The Book of the Gentile and the Three Wise Men staged by Project Llull.

Project Llull poster

This was a co-production of Teatro de Cerca (Barcelona), Propositário Azul (Lisbon), Companhia Voadora (Santiago de Compostela), and Nicho Associação Cultural (Viseu, Portugal). Helena Tornero is the Spanish playwright who wrote the theatrical adaptation, Graeme Pulleyn is the British director, and Cristóvão Cunha is the Portuguese executive producer and international coordinator who invited me to participate in this wonderful collaboration.

Project Llull conference

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Fulbright update-Leeds-Hurwitz

A publication resulting from my Fulbright in Portugal this spring has just appeared: Arquitectura pedagógica para a mudança no ensino superior [Pedagogical architecture changes for higher education]. For anyone who reads Portuguese, it’s available as a PDF (there is also a hard copy version). For those who only read English, the longer book version came out in the fall, under the title Learning matters: The transformation of US higher education, published by Editions des Archives Contemporaines in Paris. Both the book and the monograph are co-authored with Peter Sloat Hoff.

Arquitectura pedagógica cover

My thanks to Susan Gonçalves for accepting the manuscript and then seeing it through to publication with a series through the Centro de Inovação e Estudo da Pedagogia no Ensino Superior, which she directs and the host for my stay in Coimbra. Thanks also to all those who worked on various stages of the translation: Steven Pessoa, John Baldwin, Sofia Silva, Dina Soeiro and Susana herself.

University of Coimbra

On May 7, 2012 I presented a talk entitled “From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity Over Time” to Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) da Universidade de Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. One of the uncommon aspects of CES is the way it combines multiple disciplines, including sociology, economics, law, anthropology, history, literature, international relations, geography, architecture, geographers, engineering, biology and medicine. Of course not all of these were represented in my audience, but I was delighted to discover two architects in the group.

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world. Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in the library, but it alone is worth the trip. Here is the main square, and the tower, visible from nearly anywhere in the city.

My thanks to Dr. Nancy Duxbury, a Canadian scholar currently based at CES, for the invitation, and for organizing the talk as well as dinner afterwards. I met Nancy several years ago at a UNESCO meeting in Paris, and it was a pleasure to connect again. Nancy’s recent research has focused on cultural sustainability and approaches to linking culture and sustainability in community planning initiatives.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Study abroad-Lisbon

The Study Abroad Umass in Lisbon Program.

UMass in Lisbon, sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies with the support of the Luso-American Foundation, is a UMass system-wide program that offers American students the opportunity to spend a semester or year in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon learning about the vast Portuguese-speaking world and European Union.

As the only residential study abroad program in Portugal managed directly by a major American university, UMass in Lisbon provides unrivaled access to one of the world’s most strategic centers of language and culture. Through our partnership with The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), students will have curricular choices in both English and Portuguese, to supplement the offerings of UMass courses taught on site by both UMass and Portuguese faculty. In addition, each student will take a course in language/culture study at her or his specific instructional level. A significant number of field trips will complement classroom learning, and living accommodations and classrooms will be shared with European ERASMUS and Portuguese university students.

Administrative assistance is available 24/7. A summer program offers additional UMass courses and access to courses and facilities of the Technical University of Lisbon’s Superior Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG-UTL).

Visiting fellows-Portugal


The Luso-American Development Foundation (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento – FLAD) is opening its facilities to host up to eight fellows per semester. Eligibility is limited to professors and researchers from U.S. universities and research institutions. Candidates may apply for one semester or one academic year.

FLAD Visiting Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Foundation’s headquarters while developing a research project that is compatible with FLAD’s mission and priority areas.

Visiting fellows will be provided with office space, free internet access, limited printing, photocopy, phone (domestic calls) and mailing privileges, and other resources, adjusted on a case-by-case basis.

FLAD will contribute with its best efforts to provide a network of suitable contacts in desired research areas, setting up meetings and site visits when possible. FLAD Fellows may also participate in FLAD’s events, and collaborate on designing new projects and research engagements. These are special ‘program-launching’ conditions, and may be adjusted for competitions in subsequent academic years.

We are especially interested in hosting individuals who have a track-record of distinguished scholarship, success in securing external support for their research, and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. We welcome requests from individuals who are looking for a collaborative research environment to spend their sabbatical.

To apply, candidates should use FLAD’s online application system to submit the following materials:
– Curriculum vitae;
– Statement of purpose, including an explanation of their research project, an outline of additional activities they would like to be involved in while in Portugal, and a list of funding sources (e.g. grants, gifts, contracts, salary) for their stay in Portugal;
– Letter(s) of support from Portuguese institution(s) (optional);
– Two reference letters.

Preference will be given to candidates showing evidence (letter of support) of having links to Portuguese universities and research institutions.

APPLICATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT DEADLINES FOR AY 2012/1013:– Applications for the fall 2012 semester (August-December) must be submitted by May 31, 2012;
– Applications for the spring 2013 semester (January-June) must be submitted by September 1, 2012.
Decisions regarding the selection of FLAD Visiting Fellows are made four weeks after the application deadline.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, selected candidates are requested to submit a USD $100 deposit fee, refundable after their arrival in Portugal, to guarantee the office space and additional logistics involved.

Beyond the Creative City CFP

Call for Papers
Journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Special Issue:  Beyond the Creative City
Editors: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha, and Paulo Peixoto
Cities, Cultures, and Architecture Research Group
Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

The point of departure for this special issue is the politically prevalent but heavily critiqued trend for cities to participate in an international race for ‘hip’ promotional identities and economic competitiveness through investing in flagship architectural projects and building districts to attract mobile creative talent. While contributing to interesting urban renewal and ‘economic re-invention’ strategies in many cities, these approaches also tended to neglect issues of social equity and inclusion, spawned dislocation of existing artist/creative communities, and favoured ‘big and flashy’ globally circulating art products (exhibits, performances, artists) over nurturing approaches to ‘authentic’ local cultures and heritage. While this approach is still evident, it is no longer seen as the only path to creative urban renewal and economic development, and there is growing need to propose and examine alternate approaches that are more culturally sensitive to local realities and issues; environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable; and attentive to issues of inclusion, justice, and multicultural realities. The bright political and media spotlights on ‘creative city’ investments and initiatives – and the research attention placed on these developments – tend to have placed other socio-cultural options in the shadows. It is time to explore these alternate spaces, ideas, strategies, and socio-cultural forces at play, which may point to and elaborate alternate creative development patterns.

The issue seeks to bring together creative and interdisciplinary perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture, cultural policy, and other disciplines examining the organization, uses, and images of urban space. Topics of articles may analyze (but are not restricted to): urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions and empowerment of residents through artistic/cultural initiatives, the impacts of tourism and ‘creative city’ initiatives on cities over the last decade, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities.

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted works are graded by three reviewers, and ranked for academic quality, originality, and relevance to the objectives and thematic scope of this issue.

The issue will be published in Portuguese with abstracts in French, English, and Portuguese. The journal will translate two non-Portuguese-language articles into Portuguese for the issue. The issue will include approximately 6-8 articles and 4-5 book reviews.

Articles may be submitted in the following languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish. Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters.
Articles should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 900 characters. Papers should be sent in Word format by 31 March 2012 to the following e-mail address:

Key dates
International call for papers: October 2011
Submission deadline: 31 March 2012
Notification of acceptance: July 2012
Publication of issue: December 2012

For further information
For further information about this special issue, please contact: Nancy Duxbury (

RCCS Information for Authors is available here:

About Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publishes the results of advanced research in all fields of social and human sciences. It gives special attention to studies which contribute to a critical knowledge about the Portuguese context and a deepening of comparative perspectives. It favours works with a transdisciplinary potential and which contribute to theoretical discussion and epistemological thinking in a global context. The peer-review journal publishes four issues per year.

Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS), No. 99
Número Especial: Em torno da cidade criativa
Editores: Nancy Duxbury, Carlos Fortuna, José António Bandeirinha e Paulo Peixoto
Núcleo de Estudos sobre Cidades, Culturas e Arquitectura
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

O ponto de partida deste número especial da RCCS é a tendência política predominante, ainda que fortemente criticada, para que as cidades participem na corrida internacional das identidades que vão estando na moda e para que se envolvam no jogo da competitividade económica através de investimentos em projectos emblemáticos de arquitetura e da construção de lugares que visam atrair talentos criativos móveis. Contribuindo para uma assinalável renovação urbana e para estratégias de revitalização económica em várias cidades, essas abordagens tendem, igualmente, a negligenciar questões de equidade e de inclusão social, originando rupturas de comunidades criativas/artísticas existentes e favorecendo os maiores e os mais apelativos produtos culturais que circulam globalmente (exposições, performances, artistas), ao mesmo tempo que evidenciam abordagens preocupadas com as culturas locais e os patrimónios ‘autênticos’. Ainda que essa perspetiva continue a ser palpável, ela deixou se ser encarada como o único caminho possível para a renovação urbana criativa e para o desenvolvimento económico, sendo evidente a necessidade de propor e de analisar abordagens alternativas que sejam mais sensíveis às realidades e questões locais; ambiental, social e economicamente sustentáveis; e atentas às questões da inclusão, da justiça e das realidades multiculturais. Os brilhantes holofotes políticos e mediáticos dos investimentos e das iniciativas das ‘cidades criativas’ – assim como a atenção conferida pelas agendas de investigação a esses desenvolvimentos – levaram a que outras opções culturais ficassem nas sombras. É tempo de explorar esses espaços alternativos, as ideias, as estratégias e as forças socioculturais em jogo e que podem conduzir-nos à elaboração de padrões alternativos de desenvolvimento criativo.

Este número temático procura reunir perspetivas criativas e interdisciplinares da socioantropologia, das artes e estudos culturais, da arquitetura, das políticas culturais e de outras disciplinas que abordem a organização, os usos e as imagens dos espaços urbanos. Entre outros, os artigos podem incidir nas seguintes dimensões: estilos de vida e modos de resistência, condições socioeconómicas e empoderamento dos residentes através de iniciativas culturais e artísticas, impactos do turismo e das iniciativas ‘cidade criativa’ nas cidades ao longo da última década, afirmação de expressões culturais e governação democrática das cidades.

A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais está sujeita a arbitragem científica. Todos os artigos submetidos são avaliados por três avaliadores e ordenados a partir de critérios de qualidade académica, originalidade e relevância em relação aos objetivos e ao espectro temático deste número.

O número temático será publicado em português com resumos em francês, inglês e português. A revista assegura, para este número, a tradução de dois artigos submetidos em língua estrangeira. Este número temático incluirá 6 a 8 artigos e 4 a 5 recensões.

Os artigos podem ser submetidos nas seguintes línguas: português, inglês, francês e espanhol. Os artigos não devem exceder os 50 mil carateres. Os artigos devem ser acompanhados de resumos que não excedam 900 carateres. As propostas devem ser enviadas em formato word até 31 de março de 2012 para

Datas a reter
Call for papers internacional: outubro de 2011
Data limite para envio de textos: 31 de março de 2012
Notificação de aceitação: julho de 2012
Publicação do número temático: dezembro de 2012

Informação adicional
Para informação adicional relativa a este número, contactar, por favor, Nancy Duxbury (
Informação relevante para os autores que queiram publicar na RCCS está disponível em

Sobre a Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS)
A Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (RCCS) publica os resultados de investigação avançada em todas as áreas das ciências sociais e das humanidades. Concede uma atenção particular a estudos que contribuam para um conhecimento crítico da realidade portuguesa e um aprofundamento de perspetivas comparativas e privilegia trabalhos com potencial transdisciplinar e que concorram para a discussão teórica e para a reflexão epistemológica num contexto global.

A Revista tem periodicidade trimestral e privilegia a publicação de números temáticos, confiados a investigadores credenciados das respetivas áreas. Toda a colaboração, solicitada ou não solicitada, é submetida a um exigente processo de seleção e revisão por arbitragem científica.

(Post-)Conflict Cinema CECC conference


(Post-)Conflict Cinema: Remembering Out-breaks and In-tensions
IV International CECC Conference on Culture and Conflict

December 5-6, 2011
School of Human Sciences – Catholic University of Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline for submissions: July 30, 2011

The history of the 20th and 21st centuries merges with the history of cinema and its latest developments. On the one hand, the emergence of cinema is associated with the idea of a democratic art form. Never before had an artistic manifestation reached and affected so many people at the same time. On the other hand, besides constituting one of the privileged cultural products through which past and current conflicts are represented and thoroughly examined, cinema is a medial construction that serves as a ‘stage’ that interrogates the very act of representation, since it also reflects the problems and conflicts experienced in the context of filmic production. Cinema and conflict went hand in hand from the very beginning. Soon after the appearance of the cinematograph, a short film on the war in Cuba, a war that would lead to the island’s independence, was shown to the public in 1898. In 1915 Griffith famously portrayed a war-torn American society during the Civil War in Birth of a Nation, and raised a huge controversy on the issue of racism.

Keeping in mind the revolutionary aesthetic developments and the consolidation of cinema as a multidimensional art form in the 20th century and at the beginning of the new millennium, it is important to discuss how and to what extent new cinematographies inspired by the examination of issues of memory and oblivion experienced in the last century respond to the challenges imposed by 21st-century conflicts (terrorism, economic and social crises, Islamophobia, various forms of racism, civil wars, exploitation of natural resources, among others).

With a view to discussing the dynamic process of conflict and post-conflict situations, this international conference seeks to analyze how 20th and 21st-century (post-)conflict cinema addresses and (re)mediates the following issues:


  • Post-memory, Post-Conflict and New Cinema
  • Preserving/Rebuilding cultural heritage
  • Reimagining the landscape of the self after conflicts
  • Gender and reconstruction in post-conflict societies
  • Cultural identities in post-conflict contexts
  • Conciliation, punishment and the challenge of democracy
  • Human rights in war-torn societies
  • Ethics and discourses of legitimation in post-conflict situations
  • Film and the Pain of others
  • Globalization and post-conflict societies
  • Translating the other and the self in times of conflict
  • Post-Conflict Cinema in Post-Colonial Contexts

The Conference’s working languages are Portuguese and English.

Please send the Organizing Committee 300-words abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as a brief biographical note (circa 100 words), to by July 30, 2011. Proposals should list paper title, name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. Notification of acceptance will be given by September 15, 2011.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Samuel Maoz (director of Lebanon)
João Canijo (director of Fantasia Lusitana)
Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam)
Isabel Capeloa Gil (Catholic University of Portugal)

Scientific Committee:
Isabel Capeloa Gil
Adriana Martins
Carlos Capucho
Alexandra Lopes

Organizing Committee:
Adriana Martins
Carlos Capucho
Alexandra Lopes
Mónica Dias
Fabíola Maurício
Daniela Agostinho

For more information please visit our website or contact us at

Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has once again opened nominations for the Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize until next March 15th. This year the Prize will be awarded to individuals or non profit organizations that have made a valuable impact and commitment towards inter-cultural, inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue and the respect for difference. The Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize, worth € 100.000, distinguishes each year an individual or organization whose thoughts or actions made a decisive contribution on understanding, defending or fostering the universal values of the human condition, in the field of intercultural dialogue or respect for biodiversity (in alternate years). The Prize is open to individuals or non-profit institutions, regardless of nationality. Prize recipients from previous years in the field of intercultural dialogue include the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME), the United Nations High-Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) and the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development. Visit our website for more information about our activities, in Portugal and abroad.

In 2006, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation established the Calouste Gulbenkian Prizes in order to emphasise the multiple dimensions that influenced the Founder’s, Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian, life and personality. For further information, see the site, or contact:

Ana Barcelos Pereira
Office of the President
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Avenida de Berna, 45-A
1067-001 Lisboa
( [+ 351] 21 782 3540
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