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[ecrea] CFP - 21th Century’s New Dystopian Imaginary. From George Orwell to Black Mirror. From Big Brother to Big Data.

Sun Jun 10 20:35:09 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./ <>

we aim to mobilize a wide diversity of classical and contemporary contributions  from distopic perspectived which, departing from the perspectives of Communication Sciences, Critical Theory, Film Studies, Arts and Literary Studies, may allow us to approach elements of the new contemporary political landscape defined, among other social phenomena, by the presence of digital media.

Following 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 political exposure. 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 correctness". 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 participations.

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 notification.

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 registration.


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/ <mailto:(pddemocracy2018 /at/>*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 e-mail
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 payment's invoice)
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)

        Registration Fees

*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 euros 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: 110 euros 3- Others (such as NGOs, collectives of human rights, arts collectives, and similar): 120 euros.

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