[New date] ICNOVA E-book – Call for book chapter Multidisciplinary perspectives of Communication in a pandemic context

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the E-book “Multidisciplinary perspectives of Communication in a pandemic context“, has been extended until June 15, 2020.

Coordination: Francisco Rui Cádima and Ivone Ferreira

The coronavirus crisis has led to individual reflections, sometimes presented in Chronicles, Opinion Articles or Interviews, about the foundations of contemporary society, humanistic, mostly democratic and defender of Individual Human Rights.

The COVID-19 appears to have suspended all alleged certainties, freedoms and guarantees. The first viral episode in Wuhan, China, in early December 2019 and reported by Chinese authorities just 30 days later, quickly replicated in other countries with overwhelming numbers of infected people and deaths, which would lead the World Health Organization to consider that the outbreak had reached pandemic status on March 11. The pandemic has been making victims in 193 countries (RTP, 13/04/2020) and it is estimated that about 1/3 of the world population is in isolation (Observador, 26/3/2020).

In this context, it is open a call for book chapters that integrate the perspectives of the communication sciences and social and human sciences on this phenomenon, namely:

  • Functions, strategies and roles of the State in times of crisis;
  • Diplomacy and cooperation between States and regional / global organizations;
  • Citizens’ rights and duties and privacy issues;
  • Public health management, pandemic risk and communication;
  • hange in consumption habits of individuals (media, products, culture);
  • Surveillance, control, populism;
  • Comparative studies between COVID-19 and previous pandemics;
  • Multidisciplinary scientific cooperation;
  • Neologisms, technicalities and stylistic resources used to describe the phenomenon;
  • (Strategic) communication of State leaders, articulation of messages between different institutional levels;
  • Contingency plans, crisis management and communication;
  • The role of communication in the balance of ecosystems: ecology, climate crisis,   biodiversity;
  • Pandemic risk and globalization crisis;
  • New journalistic and / or media formats;
  • Strategies found to meet the needs of isolated populations and / or groups at risk;
  • Effects of the pandemic (secondary crises: economic, culture, mental health, etc.);
  • Reconfiguration of spaces (public / private, work / family, arenas / morgues);
  •   New forms of work and elearning;
  • Emerging artistic practices.


– Call for abstracts deadline: 29 May 15 June

– Peer-reviewed abstracts: 26  5 July

– Peer-reviewed results: 1  20 July

– Submission of the complete chapter: 15 September

– Notification about the 2nd peer review: 15  30 October

– Submission of the revised chapter with the requested changes: 16 23 November

– 1st trimester of 2021 – Publication of the e-book


  1. Submission languages: Portuguese and English.
  2. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words), including title and keywords, and up to five references are invited and should be submitted by 15 June to the organizers, at the following email: icnova@fcsh.unl.pt
  3. Abstract model:

Introduction and purpose of the study (and research question if there is one) – helps summarize the purpose and rationale of your study.

Literature review – Helps place your work in context with the existing body of knowledge.

Methodology – Define the main method used for gathering data

Results and conclusions – Helps summarize the answers to the research questions while also outlining the implications of the results. Also summarize the limitations of the study and offer suggestions for future research. Practical and social implications – Offer the potential implications both for practice and society.

Abstracts should come as blind copies without names and affiliations of the authors, which must be identified in a separate cover page. Please use the suggested headings to structure the abstract. A list of references is not necessary, but if provided it will be included into the word count.

  1. Chapters should have between 6000 and 7500 words and follow APA rules.  Only original texts (that are not published or under evaluation) will be accepted.

For further information contact us to icnova@fcsh.unl.pt or ivoneferreira@fcsh.unl.pt



ICNOVA (NOVA Institute of Communication) is a research unit in the field of Communication Sciences in Portugal, evaluated with Excellent in 2019 by yhe portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Its current structure includes 4 groups (Media and Journalism; Culture, Mediation and Arts; Strategic Communication and Decision Making-Process; Performance and Cognition), and 2 labs (BlackBox and iNOVA Media Lab).

ICNOVA’s strategic agenda for 2018-2022 will be Media Practices: Cultural, Societal and Technological Challenges, aiming at the achievement of inclusion and diversity in a world of social acceleration and deep mediatisation. These will be pursued through the following major themes: 1) Diversity, Pluralism, Inclusion; 2) Cognitive, Mediation and Decision-Making Processes; 3) Culture, Criticism and Digital Practices.

Concerning relations with society in general, the industry and other R&D units, ICNOVA is establishing collaborative interfaces with the academia and with key stakeholders, focusing on innovative research, and on the interaction with the community through service providing and content production of public interest.

We are also increasing the dissemination of knowledge, i.e., projects and networks outputs, and publications both in open repositories and digital platforms. We will prioritize publications by our researchers in high impact journals and the indexation of our journals in Scopus and WoS.

In order to expand our previous work on emerging social dynamics and new media issues, we will increase the laboratorial intensity of the unit, consolidating the existing laboratories and envisaging four new structures: the Behavioural Research Lab and the Observatories of Diversity and Pluralism; Media and Family; Innovation in the Media and Creative Industries; and Net-Activism.

We have already established new synergies between our groups and labs and other R&D units, innovating in research concerning the role of digital media, the cultural and societal dynamics of cognition, mediation, behaviour and decision-making processes. The goal is to develop research themes that aggregate groups and labs and objectives that will enable new perspectives and convergence lines for our R&D unit and for the field of communication sciences in Portugal.