June 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
The first issue of the sixth volume saw the light this spring. The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies is now a consolidated project that timely reaches its appointment twice a year. The efforts in this issue has been intense since contains six research articles, an article in the Gateway section, two articles in Viewpoints and Reviews sections, the last masterly coordinated by Dr. Iolanda Tortajada.
An article by the professor at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Mercè Picornell, opens the issue. It is a suggestive text that reflects on the Christmas performance ‘Jisàs de Netzerit’ by the versatile singer and writer Pau Riba. Picornell analyzed how Riba combines parody of Star Wars and the story of Jesus, and how the performance transforms and reinvents a new discourse full of allusions to identity and criticism.
Dr. Sonia López, teaching at the University Carlos III of Madrid, follows with an article analyzing the documentaries Nedar (Subirana) and Bucarest, la perduda memòria (Solé). This text displays a study on the concept of memory and a reflection on the Alzheimer’s disease as a leitmotif of both pieces. Meanwhile, Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed, professor at the University of La Sabana (Colombia), publishes a theoretical contribution on Mike Cormack’s work in relation to the media in minority languages. Uribe provides a comparison of how the variables in Cormack’s texts –mainly though in a European context- could be adapted to the complexity of a South American country like Colombia.
Cristina Perales (University of Vic) and Ludivine Thouverez (University of Poitiers) publish a research on the coverage of the ban on bullfighting in Catalonia. These young researchers explore policy discourses of delegitimization in the newspapers and the keys to understanding their editorial positions. Following this article Sue Aran, Pilar Medina, Miquel Rodrigo and Rosa-Àuria Munté, from Pompeu Fabra and Ramon Llull universities, offer a comprehensive analysis of the Catalan TV series Porca Misèria. They explore the love and attraction relationship models in the series and display a systematized ordering of genre patterns.
The articles section closes with the text of the professor at the University of Girona, Lluis Costa, who writes about advertising and management strategies of the XIX century publication La Llumanera Nova York, a newspaper founded by emigrants that was a meeting place between America and Catalonia.
The aim of Gateway section is selecting an article previously published in Catalan or Spanish. This number counts with the contribution from Marta García-Carrión (University of Valencia). This text explores the Spanish film production of the first half of the twentieth century to analyze regional and folkloric representations. Two texts complete the Viewpoint section, one interesting research on the coverage of the national conflict in Catalonia by a Danish newspaper, written by the young researcher Helle Kettner, and an analysis of the use of the Internet by companies in the energy sector in Spain, by Andrea Oliveira and Paul Capriotti, based at Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
The Reviews section is extensive and it is discussing books focusing on theater and performances in small nations, journalism, feminism, social media or depictions of the Civil War in Spain, among others. The section combines books published in Catalonia, Spain, UK and USA.
I am quite proud of this issue since it is the first in which they are represented universities from Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. These contributions from the Catalan speaking territories are interwoven with other from Spanish and international academic institutions. Overall, the texts are plural in regards of topics and approaches. It is certainly the spirit we wanted when we launched the Catalan Journal: to integrate the best scholarship in an academic forum open to diversity and new insights.