The Media Narratives and Cultural Memory (MNCM) 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 of the MNCM group have been involved in projects dealing with the role played by the media in promoting and countering transnational identities and transcultural memories, namely the 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. They have also been investigating how change within media systems alter the processes of narrative creation and dissemination within and through the media. As an example, CECC was a partner of the H2020 project COMPACT–Social Media and Convergence, which aimed 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 saw the launch of the Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication, organized in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication-University of Pennsylvania, the Tampere University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The School will annually bring together doctoral students and senior researchers to debate, in a global setting, methodologies and theories that shall advance research on media narratives and memory.


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