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[ecrea] CFP: 2nd Conferences on Pathologies and Dysfunctions of Democracy in Media Context
Sat May 19 09:19:48 GMT 2018
University of Beira Interior, along with SOPCOM’s Political
Communication Working Group, will be hosting the 2nd Conferences on
Pathologies and Dysfunctions of Democracy in Media Context, between
November 12th and 14h 2018, choosing as this edition’s subtopic/21th
Century’s New Dystopian Imaginary. From George Orwell to Black Mirror.
From Big Brother to Big Data.
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ollowing the 1st Symposium on Pathologies and Dysfunctions of Democracy
in Media Context, this second edition will also be structured after
three thematic axes, useful to focus our attention on a few chosen phenomena
1. Hyper-surveillance, and control mechanisms:
Within digital social networks and infotainment, invisibility, the right
to forget and be forgotten, and the reserve of a private life acquire an
almost subversive nature in an age defined by hyper-communication.
2. Leadership, transgression, and manipulation: "scandalogy" as a new
science of communication?
The media staging of power mobilizes protagonists to a reality in which
rationality and public responsibility are confronted with multiple risks
of scandal arising from a permanent state of collective scrutiny.
"/Scandalogy/" is a concept already used to project the study of image
crisis’ phenomena, increasingly emerging due to the opportunities of
On the other hand, opportunities to mobilize data in order to reinforce
manifestations of panic or alarm are becoming more evident. Concepts
such as "information", "agenda-setting " and "participation" are being
challenged today by a an almost belligerent mobilization of media resources.
3. Identities and policies of life in a hyper-mediated society
Recent developments on the recognition of women’s rights and promotion
of new affirmative policies intended to improve gender equality coincide
with an ever-increasing controversy around the concept of "political
At the same time, while affirmations concerning human dignity appear to
be progressively incorporated in political discourse, phenomena such as
xenophobia, misogyny, racism, cultural, racial and ethnic confrontation,
and, at the limit, the proliferation of genocides, rise to a previously
unimaginable proportion and extent.
Considering this context,
A) Labcom.IFP and the Organizing Committee invite all researchers,
artists, performers, and activists interested in examining such issues
(as much from classical as from contemporary references) to present an
expanded abstract of 600 words in which social-scientific approaches,
fictional topics, or their multiple possible combinations are to be
discussed. If the presentation consists in a documentary, short film or
animation, the author(s) must submit both a synopsis and a 2,5 minutes
sample of the proposal.
B) After the blind peer reviewing process, 45 submissions will be
selected. Those submissions may assume the form of Case Studies,
Empirical Observations, Literature Reviews, Essays, Documentaries, Short
films and Animations.
C) Essays and Scientific papers should not exceed 10 pages, intended to
a fifteen-minute presentation. Documentaries, short films, and
animations are to be presented in digital format and have a maximum
duration of 10 minutes, since their full presentation must also not
exceed fifteen minutes.
Each of these three axes will include a plenary panel, with national and
international guest keynote speakers. Each plenary panel will then be
followed by three parallel thematic sessions, each of them containing
five of the selected presentations, to a total of 45 peer reviewed
D) Abstracts and synopses must be submitted - both in English and in the
original language of the selected works,*until June 15, at 6:00
p.m.*Author's acceptance notification will be announced by the end of
the first week of July. Non-selected proposals will not receive any
E) The written submissions will be published, either in a scientific
journal or in the Conference's Proceedings, with ISBN.
F) The audiovisual and / or non-written submissions will be displayed in
a proper digital platform.
G) All the authors with accepted proposals must formalize and pay their
The registration process includes the payment of a fee, as stated in the
information found below to the effect. The authors must also formalize
it, sending an e-mail to*(pddemocracy2018 /at/ labcom.ubi.pt)
<mailto:(pddemocracy2018 /at/ labcom.ubi.pt)>*with the following information:
Full name of the author(s)
Affiliation and category (or any suitable information regarding the
author's academic or professional situation)
Contact address (for accounting purposes, regarding the payment's invoice)
NIF / Number of Fiscal Identification / Passport number in cases of
international participants (for accounting purposes, regarding the
Identification of the submitted proposal (title)
In attachment to the e-mail, the participant(s) must send a copy of the
payment receipt, as well as evidence from his/her/their status as
student or research fellow from a Higher Education institution, or
professional situation (check the typology Others below)
*1st phase*- until June 15th (early bird registration)
1 - Professors from Higher Education institutions: 100 euros
2 - Students and research fellows from Higher Education institutions: 60
3 - Others (such as NGOs, collectives of human rights, artistic
collectives, and similar): 80 euros.
*2nd phase*- between June 16th and September 4th
1 - Professors from Higher Education institutions: 150 euros
2 - Students and research fellows from Higher Education institutions:
3- Others (such as NGOs, collectives of human rights, arts collectives,
and similar): 120 euros.
Exemptions from Registration Fee
Professors, researchers and students from University of Beira Interior,
as well as any member of the Scientific Committee with an accepted
proposal are exempt from payment,_but must still formalize their
registration, sending the required information_.
Bank transfer to Universidade da Beira Interior
NIB: 0018 0003 2322 0304 0208 9
IBAN: PT50 0018 0003 2322 0304 0208 9
Jorge Palinhos born in Leiria, collaborated with magazines such as
the/Jornal Universitário do Porto/, 365,/aguasfurtadas and Drama/.
Author of several plays, and winner of INATEL - Miguel Rovisco Prize and
the Manuel Deniz-Jacinto Prize (both in 2004). He has also written
screenplays for animated and real-life short films and two series for
the internet and participated in the anthologies/More Tales of Terror/,
published in the United States by Pagan Publishing,/Almanaque do Dr.
Thackery T. Lambshead de Doenças Excêntricas e Desacreditadas/published
in Lisbon in the Year 2000, by Saída de Emergência. Several of his plays
have already been presented and/or published in Portugal, Brazil, Spain,
France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Serbia.
He is a dramaturgist at the Stand-up Tall Company and a guest lecturer
at the Dona Maria II National Theater Dramaturgy course. He made the
adaptation of Al Berto's novel/Lunário/, published by the Instituto
Politécnico do Porto. He also translated the plays Dublin Carol by Conor
McPherson, Cosmos by Lautaro Vilo and/Wastwater/by Simon Stephens. He is
the editor of/Drama/, journal from the Portuguese Association of
Scriptwriters and Playwrights. He is finishing a Ph.D. thesis on Power
and Action in the Contemporary Drama.
Nelson Zagalo is associate professor at University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Has created the scientific laboratory EngageLab; and founded the
Portuguese Society for Videogames Sciences, and is now the coordinator
of the research group Games and Transmedia at Digimedia/UA. He has more
than one hundred peer-reviewed publications in the fields of narrative,
games and creativity. He is the editor of the blog/Virtual Illusion/,
and has published the books/Interactive Emotions, from Film to
Videogames/(2009),/Videogames in Portugal: History, Technology and
Art/(2013), and/Creativity in the Digital Age/(2015).
Andrew M. Butler
Andrew M. Butler is a British academic who teaches film, media, cultural
studies and communications at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is
Managing Editor of/Extrapolation/, having previously edited/Vector/, the
Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. He is a
director of the Serendip Foundation which administers the Arthur C.
Clarke Award, acting as nonvoting chair of judges.
He has published widely on science fiction and, less often, fantasy, in
journals such as/Foundation, Science Fiction Studies/,/Vector/and/The
Lion and the Unicorn/. His interests include Philip K. Dick, Terry
Pratchett (Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature, co-edited with Edward
James and Farah Mendlesohn was nominated for a Hugo Award), Jeff Noon,
Iain M. Banks, Ken MacLeod, Christopher Priest, Philip Pullman, Queer YA
and science fiction film. His article for Science Fiction Studies,
"Thirteen ways of looking at the British Boom", on the British science
fiction boom won the Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award
in 2004. Publications include/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind/,/Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s/, and the/Pocket
Essential Cyberpunk/,/Terry Pratchett/,/Film Studies and
Postmodernism/(with Bob Ford).
He is editor of/An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry
Pratchett/, Westport, Ct. and Oxford: Greenwood Press and/Christopher
Priest: The Interaction/, and co-editor of/A Celebration of British
Science Fiction/(with Andy Sawyer and Farah Mendlesohn),/Terry
Pratchett: Guilty of Literature/(with Edward James and Farah
Mendlesohn),/Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction/(with Mark Bould, Adam
Roberts and Sherryl Vint) and/The Routledge Companion to Science
Fiction/(Mark Bould, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint). In his spare time
he collects shiny trousers.His blog is andrewmbutler.blog
Ana-Karina Schneider is Associate Professor of English Literature at
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, holding a PhD in critical
theory and Faulkner studies from Lucian Blaga University (2005), and a
Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, USA (2004). Her
publications include the monographs/Critical Perspectives in the Late
Twentieth Century. William Faulkner: A Case Study/(2006), and/Studies in
the Rhetoric of Fiction/(2015), as well as textbooks and study guides
for classroom use. She has also published articles on the contemporary
British novel, the critical reception of various British and American
writers in Romania, literary translation, reading practices, and English
Studies in the Romanian higher education. Her recent work has been in
the field of women’s writing, with an interest in dystopia studies,
cultural and film studies. Dr Schneider is Editor-in-Chief of/American,
British and Canadian Studies/and Secretary of the Academic Anglophone
Society of Romania.
Mark Bould is a Reader in Film and Literature at the University of the
West of England, and the recipient of the 2016 SFRA Pilgrim Lifetime
Achievement Award for Critical Contributions to the Study of Science
Fiction and Fantasy. He is a founding editor of the journal/Science
Fiction Film and Television and the book series Studies in Global
Science Fiction/(Palgrave Macmillan).
He is the author of/Solaris/(2014),/Science Fiction: The Routledge Film
Guidebook/(2012),/The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star/(2009) and/Film
Noir: From Berlin to Sin City/(2005), and co-author of/The Routledge
Concise History of Science Fiction/(2011).
He has edited or co-edited M. John Harrison: Critical Essays
(forthcoming),/Paradoxa 26: SF Now/(2014),/Paradoxa 25: Africa
SF/(2013),/Neo-noir/(2009),/The Routledge Companion to Science
Fiction/(2009),/Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction/(2009),/Fifty
Key Figures in Science Fiction/(2009) and/Parietal Games: Critical
Writings By and On M John Harrison/(2005).
His current work is focused on the Anthropocene unconscious, African
speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, and cinematic
representations/mediations of the 2007–8 global financial crash.
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