The Group investigates how established and emerging media forms (re)create and disseminate narratives that simplify social, political and cultural phenomena, impacting on the process of meaning-making among different publics. Research conducted within the group adopts a transnational, transcultural, and transmedia approach, investigating how our perception of the past is the result of mediation processes and how our understanding of the present is informed by media narratives that allow the past to be made present and shape our perceptions of contemporary events. Researchers are involved in projects dealing with the role played by the media in promoting and countering transnational identities and transcultural memories, namely the ongoing Leverhulme funded project “Connecting the Wireless World: writing global radio history”; the COST Action NEP4DISSENT- Research on East European Cultures of Dissent; and the project “Entangled Media Histories” funded by the Swedish Foundation STINT. Other projects investigate how change within media systems alter the processes of narrative creation and dissemination within and through the media. As an example, CECC is a partner of the H2020 project “COMPACT–Social Media and Convergence” that aims to increase awareness on how social media and convergence are altering the way individuals access and make sense of news and other media narratives.
In the 2018-22 period, particular attention will be given to the development of research training activities. 2019 will see the launch of the “Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication”, organized in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication (U Pennsylvania), U Tampere and Chinese U of Hong Kong. This annual School will bring doctoral students and senior researchers to CECC to debate, in a global setting, methodologies and theories that shall advance research on media narratives and memory.