Narratives, Media and Cognition 2018

Presentation and Call for Papers

The Narrative, Media and Cognition Colloquium is now in its fifth edition – after having started at the Minho University in 2014, passed by the Portuguese Catholic University in 2015, the Porto University in 2016 and in 2017 by the Beira Interior University.

The 2018 edition, which will take place in 9 and 10 November, will be hosted by the CIAC –Research Center, at the Algarve University– in co-organization with the Working Group “Audiovisual Narratives” of AIM –Association of Image Researchers in Movement– and the SPVJ –Portuguese Society of Video Games Sciences–, and thus it will be another opportunity to promote the usual reflection and discussion around a subject so fruitful and inexhaustible, located at the crossroads between various scientific areas. A Workshop on Digital Narratives will be held on November 10.

If the starting point are the narratives in the broadest sense, the central role of the media in this process will be analyzed, both in terms of the means of circulation of the narratives and as promoters of new narrative structures based on their own languages that compose them.

This 5th meeting will give special attention to the narratives at the margins (although not restricting the focus to this theme), which are located in a field of work that the CIAC has been exploring and whose critical debate should foster: cultures at the margins.

It is intended, therefore, that the works focus in particular on the study, understanding and dissemination of narrative practices. These will be understood as semiotic products that converge in the fact that they live in permanent oscillation as to the recognition and acceptance that erudite culture dedicates or withdraws to them. These flows of acceptance / rejection correspond to cyclical periods of history, which, by virtue of the aesthetic-cultural movements in force, predispose these products to the absorption of mass culture and popular culture.

They are the intersections provoked by the movements of recognition of popular narrative practices by erudite culture (often in open connection with political ideals or agendas that govern certain creative and aesthetic codes) that confer the great specificity to these manifestations and distinguish them from other practices. By way of example, narratives associated with a popular scope, such as the literature of oral tradition (in their various literary genres), have won, from time to time, a wide and uncontestable reception for elites, followed by proved historically flows, their loss of influence and interest in these decision-making centers of cultural and political intervention. On the other hand, these narratives have elicited (and continue to elicit) pertinent questions of cognitive scope, due to the mechanisms of memorial support and oral transmission that provide them with unique characteristics. Ephemeral and volatile, sometimes fragmentary, their narratological patterns recall, according to the parallel that can be traced, the ephemerality, performativity and instability of the narrative formats characteristic of the new media.

In this way, the critical and theoretical approach of the multiple narrative modalities, in their connection with cultural or communicative practices of a marginal or mass nature, whether in a diachronic or synchronic perspective, centered on past and present practices, confers on this edition of the Colloquium a comprehensive and transdisciplinary interest. Finally, an active and permanent discussion about the creation and enjoyment of the narratives in association with the various media and languages generated by the media channels, whatever they may be, will be sought.

Thus, the Organizing Committee of the Fifth Narrative, Media and Cognition Colloquium invites all interested parties to submit communication proposals (20 minutes) related to the thematic areas defined.

Thematic Areas

  • Narrative and communication;
  • Narrative in the cinema, videogames, interactive art, intermedia and transmedia;
  • New poetics and narrative structures (non-linear and multilinear models, hybridity);
  • Role of the narrative in cognition and organization of knowledge;
  • Historical, social and political narratives (analysis of myths, historiographic methods, discourses of collective identity and alterity, utopias and social dystopias, etc.);
  • Narratives and cultures at the margins;
  • Ethics, fake news and post-truth;
  • Other related areas.


At the end of the Colloquium, the CITAR Journal will organize a special issue dedicated to the topic “Narratives, Media and Cognition” where selected papers will be published.

Importantes Dates

  • Submission of communication proposals: until July 31 NEW DATE – August 8, 2018.
  • Notification of acceptance of proposals: until September 8, 2018.
  • Registration is free and takes place until September 22 NEW DATE – October 5, 2018.


Program and Summary

Program and Summary available here.

Keynote Speaker

Arnaldo Saraiva was born in 1939, in Casegas (Covilhã).

He is a university professor, scientific and literary researcher, essayist, chronicler and poet.

Graduated in Classical Philology in the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon, he obtained his PhD in the Faculty of Letters of Porto, where he worked as a professor of Brazilian and African Studies. He was a lecturer of Portuguese and Brazilian Language and Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara (U.S.A.) and a visiting professor at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle).

He studied in Rio de Janeiro, where he prepared the thesis “Carlos Drummond de Andrade: from the Cradle to the Book”. In Paris he studied under the supervision of Roland Barthes, A.J. Greimas and Gérad Genette, he also studied in Urbino.

He was a member of the Cooperativa Árvore and Boavista Futebol Clube. Collaborator of Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, Radiodifusão Portuguesa (Antena1) and several Portuguese and foreign publications. He also collaborated in the Luso-Brazilian Encyclopedia of Culture. He was the founder of the Center for Fernando Pessoa Studies, co-directing the magazine “Persona” and the newspaper “O Boavista”, which he founded.


Organizing Committee

  • Mirian Tavares (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Bruno Mendes da Silva (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Ana Isabel Soares (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Sandra Boto (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Neuza Costa (CIAC/UAlg)
  • María Jesús Botana Vilar (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Paulo Falcão (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Susana Costa (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Juan Manuel Escribano Loza (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Bruno Carvalho Belmonte (CIAC/UAlg)
  • Alexandra Labóia (UAlg)
  • Ana Luísa Lauria (UAlg)
  • Marta Costa (UAlg)
  • Luís Rita (UAlg)
  • Ana Silvestre Guerreiro (UAlg)
  • Ana Neto (UAlg)
  • Laura Mariscal (UAlg)
  • Mariana Morgado (UAlg)
  • Sofia Reis (UAlg)
  • Charlotte Ruescas (UAlg)
  • Cátia Isabel Viegas Elias (UAlg)
  • Fabiana Boquinhas (UAlg)
  • Inês de Jesús Alexandre Barroso (UAlg)
  • Ionela Istratuc (UAlg)
  • Marcus Vinícius Gonçalves Salomão (UAlg)
  • Natacha Revez Miguel (UAlg)
  • Pedro Nogueira (UAlg)

Scientific Committee

  • Nelson Zagalo
  • Guilhermina Castro
  • Mirian Tavares
  • Ana Isabel Soares
  • Bruno Mendes da Silva
  • Sandra Boto
  • María Jesús Botana Vilar
  • Neuza Costa
  • Paulo Falcão
  • Pedro Ferré
  • José Bidarra
  • Gabriela Borges
  • Fátima Chinita
  • Jorge Palinhos
  • João Manuel Minhoto Marques
  • Isa Mestre


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Este trabalho é financiado por fundos nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., no âmbito do projeto UID/MULTI/04019/2016 CIAC