CJCS 6.1: pluralism and integration

June 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

02The 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.


A great issue (5.1!) is coming

April 11, 2013 § 3 Comments

We are about to see the next issue of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies. It will start the fifth volume and is containing eight articles and eight book reviews.

This issue is counting with a research on the news report during the Catalan elections in 2010. Nereida Carrillo (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Carme Ferré-Pavia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) are opening with a research work on how news combined entertainment elements and presented a hybridization of genres. Political actors and language uses of media are inquired in order to develop a debate on infotainment and electoral communication.

This article is followed by Elena Oroz (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) studies on early Francoist propaganda documentaries. Oroz offer an insightful text on the documentaries produced by the Sección Femenina at the end of the Civil War (1939) and during the early Francoism (1944). The comparative analysis reveals the changes that occurred in the discourses and images offered about feminity and the role of the women in the Movimiento.

Next work is the one signed by Núria Araüna, Iolanda Tortajada and Arantxa Capdevila (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) about the analysis of the Spanish fiction serial Sin tetas no hay paraíso (STNP). The researchers studied the affective and sexual relationship in the series and realised several focus groups among youngsters to see how they identified with the story and the characters. The authors develop an argument to explain how characters cruelty is not incompatible with the sense of “cool”.

The issue follows with the article of Brian Smith (Purdue University) on the public relation profession in Spain and the adaptation of Grunnig paradigm on excellence. The author extracts some interesting results from a set of interviews with public relation managers about the influence of USA sector on the Spanish professional practices.

The Articles’ section is closed with two added texts. The first is the one of Dimitri Prandner (University of Salzburg) about the presence of young female journalists in Austria and the difference in their role and work conditions regarding their male colleagues. The second is a suggesting text from Isabel Simões about the media coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The author analyses the dual process of mediation: the staging of the ceremony and the discursive representations.

Altheide’s thoughts

We are proud to have in this issue the presence of David Altheide‘s (Arizona State University) article ‘Shielding Risk’. This text is an approach to risk communication, media and society, exploring concepts like media logic, politics of fear and surveillance society. The article, which we are sure will became a key text in the field, is included in the Gateway section, as it is extracted from the conference which Altheide gave in 2012 in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili during the 3rd Congress of the Spanish Association of Communication Research. In a feedback with the author he stated: “This paper was written a year before the massacre at Newtown, Ct., but the public debates about gun control are good examples of the efforts to shield risk”.

The issue is completed with a Viewpoint research note from Alexander Dhoest and Sara Bastianesens (University of Antwerp) about how Belgian press reports on Catalonia. They did an interesting content analysis on topics and a discourse approach to the coverage of Catalonia in a country, Belgium, which is also crossing in-dept political struggles involving identity issues.

Finally, this issue is enriched with a set of eight book review in which several authors offer their commentary on new titles on media theory, race representation, journalism, political communication and transnational fictions. Among the authors: Joaquim M. Puyal, Guillermo Orozco and Maria Immacolata Vassalo or Manuel Palacio.

All in all, I see with satisfaction the issue which will be the first stone of a volume that we will complete with a special issue on food and communication, which is already in reviewing.

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