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Friday, July 29 • 09:00 - 10:30
Lusophone Media and Communications Studies: Imperial Nostalgia or Transcontinental Communicative Space? LIMITED

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The panel aims to map and examine media and communication studies in official Portuguese speaking countries worldwide (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and S. Tome and Principe, East-Timor). Despite the existence of several vibrant communities of communication scholars, relatively little is known about the communications and media systems and discourses in some of these countries in an academic environment dominated by English. The lack of international (and also intra-regional) recognition of scholars is due to linguistic barriers, inter-continental fragmentation of the geo-cultural Lusophone space and, last but certainly not least, academic scepticism about Lusophony as a post-colonial construct that has not yet been emotionally (at least) decolonized. Authors such as Eduardo Lourenço believe that Lusophony fulfils an imaginary space of imperial nostalgia so ‘we can feel less isolated and more visible in the world, given that the imperial cycle is definitely over’. Other authors such as Moisés Martins take a more pragmatic view and argue that Eduardo Lourenço’s perspective does not tell the full story. Indeed, Lusophony can also be seen as an operational/practical classification, which states a given di/vision of the world. Being an operational classification, it is designed to produce social effects and it does.
In this panel, we fully recognize that Lusophone countries are highly heterogeneous in terms of size, economic development, regional alliances, social practices, and media systems. This extraordinary heterogeneity has had an impact on the constitution of media scientific communities and in the participation in existing academic networks. We contend, however, that it does make sense to talk of a transcontinental Lusophone communicative space and we have put together four papers that substantiate this claim.

Friday July 29, 2016 09:00 - 10:30 BST
Quorn, Charles Wilson