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[Commlist] CfP - Special Issue - Armand and Michèle Mattelart's thoughts on communication
Thu Feb 13 07:52:34 GMT 2020
*CfP - Special Issue - Armand and Michèle Mattelart's thoughts on
We are glad to announce a special edition of /MATRIZes
/(September-December 2020) dedicated to Armand and Michèle Mattelart’s
thoughts on communication, edited by the researchers A. Efendy Maldonado
(Unisinos University) and Roseli Figaro (University of São Paulo).
For this issue, submissions are open and will run until *June 30, 2020*.
Submissions can be made on the following address, from which the Author
Guidelines are also available:
*THEME RATIONALE AND SCOPE*
The communicational line of thought and *critical
investigation* articulated by Armand and Michèle Mattelart is one of the
main criteria for strategical production of knowledge in the field – in
Latin America and worldwide. This line of thought has been distinguished
by its /transdisciplinary /strength to formulate theoretical resource
/issues/subject/ and by its consistency and methodological openness to
combine research strategies and procedures, which conjoin to elucidate a
set of significant problems to the area of communication science.
In an *epistemological dimension*, Mattelart line has been a referential
framework to considerations and systematic and deep critiques on the
methodological and theoretical models, hegemonic in the area
(/positivism/, /functionalism/, /formalism/, /instrumentalism/,
/technicism/). In this sense, their argumentation on behalf of Latin
American critical thought, which they recognize due to its
philosophical, political, ethical and aesthetical fortune, has
contributed to strategically questioning the Euro-American logocentrism.
In this perspective, their epistemological work has been vital to
problematize /left-wing /logics, assumptions, scholastic cultures, and
political – communicational behaviors. With this in mind, their analysis
of Allende and Mitterrand’s govern administrations, and of the
“politics” of /left-wing/ governments in Latin Ame rica and worldwide,
are paradigmatic. Their criticism on politically correct /culturalism/,
which has substantially restricted thoughts on
/culture/communication/ since the 1980s, is also enlightening.
The Mattelarts have been working in the *theoretical dimension* with
such singular dedication, and this is how their research offers valuable
systematizations to interpret, understand, know and problematize the
various trends, schools, models, proposals and arguments of relevance in
the work of theoretical training of universities and academic
communities from Europe, USA and Latin America.
In the *methodological aspect*, the Mattelart line of thought, during
their six decades of work in the area, explored, formed, sampled, and
produced fruitful and consistent critical investigational combinations.
Their research on transnational systems of hegemonic power; liberal
press coverage in Allende’s Chile; Latin America’s mainstream genres
(comic books, photo comics and telenovelas); the economical-political
logics of media systems; the main paradigms in the field of
communicational sciences; their investigations on the key aspects of the
international communicational environment (telematics, advertising,
telecommunications, digitalization, surveillance, control); and the
historical research regarding /communication-world /structure in
modernity should be noticed. In this intricated set, a /disrupted /and
/continued historical epistemology/, articulated in a strategical way
developed from Marx&rsq uo;s critical thinking is prioritized and
combined with contributions from dialectical, existential, heuristics
and hermeneutical philosophies updated in the twentieth and early
Given the relevance and critical power of the Mattelart line of thought,
it is essential for Brazil and Latin America to update and present it to
new generations problematizing elements crucial to the research in this
field, which can be strengthened in dialogue and confrontation with the
Mattelarts. A special issue in /MATRIZes/ on this subject will
contribute to the excellent work the journal has been accomplishing.
Indicatively but not restrictively, we suggest the following aspects to
* Contributions of the methodological theoretical approach of
* Critical Latin American communicational thinking and the Mattelart
* World-communication as an aspect of the historical epistemology of
the Mattelart line rupture and continuity.
* Critical research and strategic communicational thinking in
communication, according to the Mattelart line.
* Mattelart line and the critical analysis of leftist governments in
* Transactional systems of communication, power and democracy in Latin
America from the perspective of Mattelart line.
* Critical investigation of Mattelart line in communication and
popular genres (comics, telenovelas, photo comics, TV series) in
Please send any inquiries to Roseli Figaro - (figaro /at/ uol.com.br)
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