Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura
Media, Technology, Contexts
- Coordenação: Rita Figueiras
Within CECC scientific framework scope of culture studies, which looks at media as acts of culture, and its theoretical model based on analysis of the contingencies of cultural practices - historical, economic, political and social - the Media, Technology, and Contexts line of research anchors itself in a practice-based theory research paradigm of social sciences.
‘Practice theory' reads action and representation as a privileged place for analyzing agency and meaning. This critical media research strategy translates into a decentralized media and technology approach, though a media/technology-oriented one, by embedding the agenda of Media, Technology, and Contexts research in the contingencies of contemporary society.
Considering media as institutions involved in both cognitive and emotional dimensions of cultural belonging, from a multidisciplinary perspective Media, Technology and Contexts line of research aims at searching in diverse and complementary angles from which to grasp media and technology socio-cultural significance both in media/ technology texts and in people's lives. Interconnected with communication studies doctoral and master training programs the line of research aims at addressing the contingencies of contemporary societies in three sub-lines of research:
(1) ‘Media and Democracy' aims at reflecting on the broad cultural conditions of democracy in a context where individualization seems to be disintegration of citizenship; (2) ‘Media, Ethics and Regulation'
preferentially oriented to addressing issues from the ethics of representation and regulations' perspective regarding media and technology; (3) ‘Media and Contexts' deals with different meanings, from a set for analyzing media and communication in a specific context such as technological, organizational or a learning one, to diversified contexts, namely intermedia, transmedia, intercultural, transcultural, time and space.
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