CONFERENCE SERIES IN COMMUNICATION AND DIGITAL MEDIA SCIENCES

A course Unit (UC) will be offered by ICNOVA in conjunction with DCC / FCSH as part of the Doctoral Program in Communication Sciences and Digital Media with accreditation and evaluation of the doctoral students of these programs. It will function in an Open Class regime.

NOVA FCSH – CAN – Colégio Almada Negreiros – Campolide Campus Room 102, Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm. Exceptionally, the course opening will take place February 7th at 10am.


PROGRAM

FEBRUARY

Dia 7, 10h00 – Toward a Richer Understanding of the Problem of Indeterminacy in Digital Culture – Andrew Chadwick – University of Loughborough.

Dia 14, 14h00 – Introdução, programa, modelo de avaliação, enquadramento dos trabalhos e metodologias de investigação – F. Rui Cádima e Paulo Nuno Vicente

Dia 21, 14h00 – Jornalismo de investigação: questões, teorias e práticas – Pedro Coelho

Dia 28, 14h00 – Painting a clearer picture: the importance of visualizing data – Ana Figueiras

15h00 – Raspagem de dados: como extrair informação de documentos, sites e redes sociais – Ilo Alexandre

MARCH

Dia 6, 14h00 – Prototyping in research: multidisciplinary work and mixed methods approaches – Ioli Campos | Auditório CAN A102

Dia 13, 14h00 – Pseudociência nos Media – David Marçal | Auditório CAN A224 

Dia 20, 14h00 – Jornalismo, participação e discurso de ódio – Marisa Torres da Silva | Auditório CAN A102

Dia 27, 14h00 – Communication, language and transmedia literacy – Fernanda Bonacho

APRIL

Dia 3, 14h00 – Reconfigurações da sonosfera no espaço digital – Luís Bonixe

Dia 17, 14h00 – Performance e comunicação multimodal: o projecto Black Box – Carla Fernandes

Dia 24, 14h00 – Technology, television and film: changes in the landscape – Ana Cabral Martins

15h00 – Interactive and VR documentaries: Identifying trends and strategies for engaging the viewer – Patrícia Nogueira 

MAY

Dia 8, 14h00 – How trend studies can contribute to innovation journalism – Ana Marta M. Flores

Dia 15, 14h00 – Comunicação de ciência: desafios e oportunidades – António Granado

15h00 – Desafios da comunicação de cultura no contexto da inovação digital – Dora Santos Silva

Dia 22, 14h00 – Unpacking Digital Methods – Janna Joceli Omena

Dia 29, 14h00 – Approaching Internet Memes as Data Intensive Cultures – Elena Pilipets

ABSTRACTS

February 2020

Dia 7 – Toward a Richer Understanding of the Problem of Indeterminacy in Digital Culture – Andrew Chadwick – University of Land… (Excepcionalmente esta conferência terá início às 10h – Sala 102).

If uncertainty becomes a systemic feature of our media systems, we are likely to lose trust—in each other, in the institutions that inform and represent us, and, ultimately, in the democratic process. In the long term, the general expectation that little of what is available online can be trusted may contribute to an attitudinal spiral that “anything goes”—a new culture of indeterminacy that may further diminish individuals’ sense of accountability for the information they share. At the elite level, such a culture may also enable politicians to claim that nothing can be proved in a public sphere characterized by chaos, distrust, and cynicism. New opportunities will emerge for politicians to campaign on promises to restore “order” and “certainty” through illiberal policies curtailing free speech and other civil rights. How should communication researchers respond to these challenges?

14 – Introdução, programa, modelo de avaliação, enquadramento dos trabalhos e metodologias de investigação – F. Rui Cádima e Paulo Nuno Vicente

21 – Jornalismo de investigação: questões, teorias e práticas – Pedro Coelho

O que distingue o jornalismo de investigação do jornalismo quotidiano. O jornalismo de investigação e os constrangimentos do mercado. A colaboração jornalística e o futuro do jornalismo de investigação. A investigação jornalística em televisão. Análise crítica de exemplos.

28 – Painting a clearer picture: the importance of visualizing data – Ana Figueiras

Increasingly, data is becoming a standard aspect of decision-making, and while the data may be plentiful, the technical skills required to make it useful may not always be present. The ability to take data, understand it, process it, extract value from it, visualize it, and communicate it is going to be a hugely important skill in the coming decades. This talk addresses the importance of being able to paint a clear picture with data and the foundational aspects of communicating data, giving a comprehensive overview of the field of information visualization, and introducing its goals, techniques, and applications. We will swiftly cover the necessary knowledge to reason about the appropriate visual encoding for each given problem and to make better choices regarding issues such as color, interaction, and tools.

Raspagem de dados: como extrair informação de documentos, sites e redes sociais – Ilo Alexandre

A key component of research work involves data access. However, it is often not easy to access information in a format that facilitates the conduct of research. Data in PDFs, for example, it’s a nightmare for those who need to combine and explore different databases. Data scraping techniques allow the researcher extract information from documents, websites, and social networks. In thus session we will introduce data scraping tools that make the investigator’s life easier.

March
6 – Prototyping in research: multidisciplinary work and mixed methods approaches – Ioli Campos

In this session, we will explore the triangulation of methods, the use of quasi-experimental and qualitative empirical interventions in communication research as well as the creation and use of prototypes in applied research to the study of digital media. The concepts will be presented and analyzed through a practical study case.

13 – Pseudociência nos Media – David Marçal 

Science is inseparable from its communication, as it requires the existence of a community of experts with a common knowledge base to establish whether a result is correct and original. However, the role of science in the world depends on its wider dissemination. But scientific knowledge is not always adequately portrayed in public space. Media coverage of science often presents distorted views of scientific knowledge. These problems are based on widespread ignorance of the principles of science and scientific processes

20 – Jornalismo, participação e discurso de ódio – Marisa Torres da Silva

O crescente alargamento das formas de participação do público no âmbito dos media mainstream, que inclui a produção de novos espaços de debate e de comunicação pública, bem como potencialidades ao nível da intervenção na atividade jornalística, tem colocado inequívocos e diversos desafios às organizações jornalísticas. De entre os vários modos de participação das audiências nos media noticiosos tradicionais, os comentários dos leitores às notícias são o veículo participativo mais utilizado. Trata-se, porém, de um espaço particularmente permeável a mensagens e comportamentos enquadrados no discurso de ódio (um conceito particularmente difuso e pouco consensual). Procuraremos, pois, nesta sessão, enquadrar a relação entre jornalismo, audiência e discurso de ódio online a partir de projetos de investigação (nacionais e internacionais) recentes e/ou em curso.


27 – Communication, language and transmedia literacy – Fernanda Bonacho

This talk aims at exploring the relationship between literacy and language, media representation, production and the public by examining how they are connected and how they affect each other. The selected issues for discussion will analyze representations of the world found in the news, films, videos and advertisements and will identify the processes and meanings behind online media in the contemporary world. The importance of critical thought to make conscious use of communication, language and transmedia will be at the core of the discussion whilst examining diverse challenges facing citizens today and, particularly, communication professionals. The power of language and transmedia literacy will be explored including its contradictory nature in terms of credibility and meaning.


April
3 – Reconfigurações da sonosfera no espaço digital – Luís Bonixe

O ecossistema mediático dominado pelos sistemas digitais implicou alterações nos média e nas suas formas tradicionais de comunicação. Num contexto digital, as formas sonoras de comunicação passam por mutações que motivam a reestruturação do espaço sonoro e das narrativas de construção da realidade que lhe são intrínsecas. A rádio, tradicionalmente o meio sonoro por excelência, atravessa um caminho de reconfiguração para uma narrativa cada vez mais multimediática. Por outro lado, outros média tradicionalmente menos próximos da expressividade sonora, estão a resgatar instrumentos que lhes permitem entrar nesse espaço. Estamos, pois, perante um novo cenário que redistribui papeis e funções aos atores tradicionais e que convoca novos players para o espaço sonoro. É sobre esta reconfiguração da sonosfera que pretendemos refletir na sessão que propomos.


17 – Performance e comunicação multimodal: o projecto Black Box – Carla Fernandes

Nesta aula serão apresentado os fundamentos, as motivações e os resultados mais relevantes do BlackBox LAB até agora. Ao longo dos últimos 5 anos e meio, uma equipa de 11 investigadores procurou entender os processos criativos e cognitivos subjacentes aos trabalhos de composição de 3 coreógrafos em Portugal: João Fiadeiro, Rui Lopes Graça e Sylvia Rijmer. Através de metodologias diversas e muita tecnologia envolvida (desde motion tracking à anotação de vídeo, passando por sensores bio-médicos, sensores de profundidade, realidade virtual, animação infográfica, fotografia estereoscópica e filmagens em 360º), criámos as melhores visualizações digitais possíveis para “traduzir” processos profundamente complexos e subjectivos da criatividade humana.


24 – Technology, television and film: changes in the landscape – Ana Cabral Martins;

As the television and film industries experience significant transformation and disruption – due to the emergence of new technologies (streaming and online delivery), changing business strategies, and innovative storytelling -, how has the television channel or the cinema theater experience persisted? What is cinema, what is television and where do you watch it? And what does now lie in-between these definitions? The entertainment landscape has become more complex to navigate as viewers can now choose between a host of choices that include broadcast, cable, or streaming, as well as a myriad of different platforms and devices.

This course explores the foundations of a changing landscape, from the Golden Age of Television to the emergence of streaming services, to the migration of television and film industry talent to these new platforms and to the fragmentation of the audience – charting changes that are still impacting how we watch and categorize contemporary entertainment.

– Interactive and VR documentaries: Identifying trends and strategies for engaging the viewer – Patrícia Nogueira 

In the Digital Age, Cinema isn’t constrained to movie theaters. Film narratives are expanding, moving to different platforms, and becoming transformative works, able of providing multiple pathways and developments within the same story. Responsive to such changes, documentary film swiftly embraced these new trends and reconfigured itself to interactive and immersive works. Interactive and virtual reality documentaries are hybrid and expanded pieces which present a manifold of forms and approaches to reality, exhibiting a diverse array of interative strategies. Whereas the different modes of interaction introduce an enriching variety of forms, it also represents a challenge to the production, distribution and reception processes. By analysing various interactive and VR non-fiction experiences, one will identify common trends across several works and contribute to a better understyanding of possible interative strategies


May
8 – How trend studies can contribute to innovation journalism – Ana Marta M. Flores

Without the audience, there is no journalism. Understanding the public means more than measuring circulation, website clicks, or social platform engagement. To innovate in Journalism, assertively, is required to expand the ways of understanding how audiences behave. The goal is to mediate communicative processes better as well as being relevant in people’s lives. Trends Studies explore social and cultural contexts by outputting industry trends that can contribute to innovation in journalism, extending beyond the technologies to the longings that the consumers have. In this talk, we will discuss which methodologies are possible to apply to identify trends in the newsrooms, and also present specific movements already identified for journalism.


15 – Comunicação de ciência: desafios e oportunidades – António Granado 

Communicating science to the public is not an easy task. People communicate about science for  many reasons, there are many types of audiences involved, and the contexts for the scientific facts that need to be transmitted change from discipline to discipline. In the last few years, research has given some answers to specific questions on how to effectively communicate science to several audiences, but there are still lots of other questions that need to be answered. This lack of knowledge constitutes an excellent opportunity for researchers in the field.

– Desafios da comunicação de cultura no contexto da inovação digital – Dora Santos Silva

A articulação entre cultura, criatividade e tecnologia coloca desafios de investigação e de produção num cenário enquadrado pelas indústrias culturais e criativas. A sessão procura explorar o potencial da comunicação de cultura – do património à música, do cinema aos media – e de conceitos de investigação que estão a emergir no contexto europeu e internacional.

22 – Unpacking Digital Methods – Janna Joceli Omena

The data-intensive culture associated with the mechanisms, affordances and limitations web platforms have impacted in the way we think and study society. In this scenario, digital media researchers face key questions such as: where and how to start with? What are the best practices for data extracting, mining, visualisation and analyses? What is the best visualization? How to read digital networks? This talk will not provide the correct or best answers for these challenges, but, by proposing the exercise of unpacking digital methods, it introduces “another culture of” making research questions; designing research processes; and analysing the subject of study. From query design and data extraction to data visualization and analysis, from reimaging the grammars of platforms to repurposing their mechanisms and techniques. This talk starts with presenting typical misconceptions about digital methods, and then, it develops and explores the doing, the basis and the foundations of these methods through practical cases – e.g. hashtag engagement research & political polarization on Instagram; computer vision APIs for studying institutional visual communication on Facebook; the history of climate emergency through Google Search.


29 – Approaching Internet Memes as Data Intensive Cultures – Elena Pilipets

This talk addresses the processes of circulation, appropriation and transformation of user-generated content on different social media platforms. Discussing the affordances of digital methods for internet research, it investigates hybrid assemblies of natively-digital creative material (screenshots, selfies, virals, memes, GIFs) as part of the affective fabric of the web. Understood as both ephemeral and sticky, affect broadly refers to the relational forces through which entities of various kinds (embodied, textual, material, semantic, social, technological) co-emerge, move and shift. Embedded in the attentional dynamics of network culture, these forces translate into valuable engagement, providing our platform transactions with a specific kind of ‘catchiness’ or intensity. By looking at how memetic formations spread and transform through mundane acts of tagging, liking and sharing, I especially focus on the ambiguous role that engaging content plays in the data-intensive circuits of visual social exchange. In doing so, I will make the following statements: (1) Studying engagement through digital methods means thinking data as network practices. (2) Platform spaces are temporal territories. (3) Content exposure is only one way of platform-seeing.

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