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Vol. 34 | Lusophone studies and Communication Sciences

Reception of proposals: 15 May, 2019

Editors: Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS-UM, Portugal), Alda Costa (University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique) and Isabel Macedo (CECS-UM Portugal)

In the current context of globalization - governed by information technologies and whose nature is eminently economic and financial – Lusophone studies include at least three complementary paths of research. Firstly, focusing on a post-colonial perspective, it is possible to analyse Lusophone narratives as the construction of a transnational and transcontinental geo-cultural community, that includes multiple voices. Secondly, it is possible to analyse the politics of language and communication as a symbolic struggle for affirmation of a plural community, within the diversity of Portuguese-speaking peoples. Thirdly, it is possible to analyse the complexity of the inter-penetration of cultures, including phenomena of colonialism, neo-colonialism, and post- colonialism, in terms of the relationship between peoples, with varying degrees of expression, and also related to encounters, assimilation and domination, in the interaction between us and the other.

In view of the various different national contexts, Lusophone studies primarily explore the trans- cultural and pluri-continental space of official Portuguese-speaking countries while also analysing the respective diasporas of these countries. In the wake of post-colonial studies, Lusophone studies also analyse the interpenetration of identities between us and the other, engendered by Portuguese expansion in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries - a complex and contradictory context that combines elements which are still agitated and potentially explosive.

In line with the above, papers on the following topics should be submitted:

  • Media, citizenship and democracy in the Portuguese-speaking world

  • Colonialism, post-colonialism and social memory

  • Globalization and Trans-cultural and Trans-national Identity-based Narratives

  • Language policies in Portuguese-speaking countries;

  • Policies on communication and culture, hegemonic cultures and cultural subalternization

  • Communication of scientific knowledge, open access to knowledge, digital repositories and virtual museums

  • Info-technologies and info-exclusion in the Portuguese-speaking world;

  • Cyberspace as a new public space for the Portuguese language;

  • Production of digital content (cultural and artistic) in Portuguese;

  • The Orthographic Agreement in the daily lives of Portuguese-speaking citizens;

  • Communication and development in the Portuguese-speaking world

The proposed papers should be sent by 15/05/2018, in accordance with the requirements stipulated below. Publication is scheduled for December 2018.

  1. Papers must be sent by e-mail to cecs[at], and will be forwarded directly to the volume coordinators.

  2. Three copies in hard copy (paper) must also be sent to the following address: CECS - Communication and Society Research Centre, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga.

  3. Papers must be written in a Microsoft Word format, A4 size, using Times New Roman font, size 12, with double spacing. Graphics and illustrations should be presented at the end of the text, on pages specifically intended for this purpose, in a jpeg or tiff format, with (minimum) resolution of 300 dpi.

  4. Papers must include an abstract (maximum: 1,000 characters). The full text should not exceed 50,000 characters (including spaces).

  5. Identification of the author(s) should be submitted on a separate page and should include: Title, name of author(s), institution, keywords (maximum: 5), as well as the full name, postal address, telephone, fax and e-mail address of the person responsible for proposing the paper.

  6. References to authors throughout the paper shall be made as follows:

Berten, 2001: 35) – or ‘as Berten (2001: 35) considers, “utopia is also an ideology”’; (Winseck & Cuthbert, 1997); (Gudykunst et al.,1996); (Agamben, S/D:92.

Bibliographical references should be presented at the end of the paper, in conformity with the following examples:

Berten, A. (2001). A Ética da Discussão: Ideologia ou Utopia? Comunicação e Sociedade, 4: 11-44.

Winseck, D. & Cuthbert, M. (1997). From Communication to Democratic Norms: Reflections on the Normative Dimensions of International Communication Policy. In Sreberny-Mohammadi, A., Winseck, D., McKenna, J. & Boyd- Barrett, O. (Eds.) Media in a Global Context: A Reader (pp. 162-176). London: Arnold.

Gudykunst, W.; Ting-Toomey, S. & Nishida, T. (Eds.) (1996). Communication in Personal Relationships Across Cultures. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Foucault, M. (1971). L’Ordre du Discours. Paris: Gallimard.

Editorial Rules

The editorial rules for electronic submission of manuscripts are available at the link:

Original papers must be submitted in Portuguese or in English. Authors are responsible for translation into the second language, but translations may only be submitted after confirmation of the paper’s acceptance for publication.

Comunicação e Sociedade is a peer reviewed journal with double blind review. Each submitted work will be delivered to two previously invited reviewers, who will evaluate it in function of its academic quality, originality and its relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme of this issue [].

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