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Vol. 38 | Public discourses on migrants, refugees and minorities: the 21st century in debate

Full article submission deadline: 31 March 2020

Editors: Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS-UM, Portugal), Maria Aldina Marques (ILCH-UM, Portugal) & Rui Ramos (IE-UM, Portugal)

For the next volume of Comunicação e Sociedade, we are challenging researchers to reflect on the different discursive-textual strategies used in political, press and social media discourses on migrants, refugees and minorities since the early 21st century.

Over the last decade, Europe has recorded the highest influx of refugees and migrants since World War II. In the American continent, migrant flows have also been subject to major political and media attention. The exodus has become more acute, creating a new social problem for states and obliging citizens to take a position on these matters. In the public space (in particular, media and social networks) there are conflicts between discourses that focus on national security concerns and those that highlight humanitarian concerns, wherein the latter propose effective reception of migrants, on the basis of ethical and civilisation values. The arguments between these different viewpoints revolve around fears, reactions to differences and cultural confrontations (including linguistic, religious, identity, ethnic-racial factors, etc.), and the constructed images of “us” and “the other”.

As with so many other aspects of our collective life, this volume is highly conditioned by the public discourses that we encounter. It is important to analyse them, deconstruct them, and provide citizens with tools and skills for conscious and informed interpretation.

The theoretical foundations and analytical instruments of discourse studies enable such an approach. This is the primary task underpinning this call for papers from researchers working in this field.

Key dates

  • Full article submission deadline: extended to April 15 (previous date: March 31, 2020)

  • Editor’s decision on full articles: May 31, 2020

  • Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: July 15, 2020

  • Publication date: December, 2020


Articles can be submitted in English or Portuguese. After the peer review process, the authors of the selected articles should ensure translation of the respective article, and the editors shall have the final decision on publication of the article.

Edition and submission

Comunicação e Sociedade is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.

Originals must be submitted via the journal's website ( If you are accessing Comunicação e Sociedade for the first time, you must register in order to submit your article (indications to register here).

The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.

For further information, please contact: comunicacaoesociedade[at] pt

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