New issue published

Our latest miscellaneous issue 12.1 is now online and available to download!

Congratulations and thanks to all the contributors for an excellent job! It is a pleasure to work with some of the finest scholars in Europe and the world who have chosen the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies as an outlet for their work.


Presentation of Special Issue at Palau Robert

If you missed the event, watch the livestream.

On Monday 16 December we officially launched our latest Special Issue, edited by Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal) , Carlota Moragas and Marta Montagut (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). This issue includes a dozen articles on various communicative aspects about the Catalan political situation in recent years.

Academics from different universities in Catalonia and the rest of the State, as well as from universities in Canada or the United Kingdom, have made their contributions: Joan Balcells, Paul Anderson, Carles Pont-Sorribes, Gemma San Cornelio, Daniel Innerarity or Andrew Dowling, among others.


16 December 2019

18.00h            Welcome | by Cilia Willem (Editor of CJCS)
18.15h            Presentation of the Special Issue |Guest Editors

18.45 h            Round table session with professional journalists and authors:

Arantxa Capdevila, co-editor of ‘Usos Políticos de la Metáfora’ (Icaria Editorial)
Albert Mercadé, author of I ara què? (Pagès Editors)
Marc Martínez Amat, author of ‘Tota la veritat’ (Ara Llibres)
Guillem Martínez, author of ‘Caja de brujas’ (Ediciones Lengua de Trapo)


Moderators: Marta Montagut and Carlota Moragas-Fernández


19.30 h            Discussion and debate with the audience

20.00 h            End


Palau Robert
Sala d’Actes
Passeig de Gràcia 107

Attendance is free, but we appreciate confirmation:

The Catalan conflict and the media

Our latest special issue is out! Edited by Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal) , Carlota Moragas and Marta Montagut (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), this issue is about the discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of the Catalan conflict.

It taps into the rich (and at the moment hot) debate on the role that media have played in the construction of the Catalan crisis, and how it can potentially contribute to its solution.


Editorial (free download)
Discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of conflicts: The Catalan case

Gagnon, Alain-G.; Montagut, Marta; Moragas-Fernández, Carlota M.

Research Articles
We need to talk: Willingness to speak out about Catalonia’s secession

Balcells, Joan; Padró-Solanet, Albert


The coverage of the international press in framing the Catalan sovereignty process: Analysis of ten leading EU and US newspapers 2010–17
Pont-Sorribes, Carles; Perales-García, Cristina; Mauri-Rios, Marcel; Tulloch, Christopher D.


Framing Catalonia: Evidence from Québec media
Dubois, Philippe; Villeneuve-Siconnelly, Katryne

– Image-sharing and iconicity on social media during the Catalan conflict (2017)
San Cornelio, Gemma; Gómez Cruz, Edgar

An algorithm for Catalonia
Innerarity, Daniel


Special Issue Call Open

Documentary film mutations: new opportunities for social justice – Special issue CJCS 12.2 (Fall 2020)

Call for Articles now OPEN

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
Deadline for full proposals (selected abstracts): 15 January 2020

Guest Editors:
Fernando Canet, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Stefano Odorico, Leeds Trinity University
Xoxé Soengas, University of Santiago de Compostela

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Latest issue out. A lot of exciting new research on media and communication!

Our latest issue 11.1 is out now and available here. It is a very heterogeneous issue, with one common denominator: original research, quality, international relevance.

These are the articles you will find in this issue:

From Action Art to Artivism on Instagram: Relocation and instantaneity for a new geography of protest

This article addresses how the concept of ‘Action Art’, which came mainly from the anti-cultural movements of May 1968 in Europe, has been transformed into the term Artivism. The main hypothesis is that it is a succession of committed and protest art, transformed by two fundamental elements: the emergence of social networks and the exposure of a very young audience to artistic creation through this network. This type of creative action has acquired an urban character that is strongly linked to civil protest movements. In the second part, this article discusses how both terms circulate as Instagram hashtags in this delocalized world of networks. The terms are used to show that, beyond transcending national territories, new, significant geographies are continually being reconstructed.


How tourism deals with terrorism from a public relations perspective: A content analysis of communication by destination management organizations in the aftermath of the 2017 terrorist attacks in Catalonia

The aim of this article is to verify how the Destination Management Organizations of Barcelona and Cambrils managed their crisis communication following the attacks of August 2017 via their Twitter platforms. To do so, an analysis template was created from the field of public relations and a content analysis was performed on the tweets published on the official accounts of these organizations during one month after the terrorist attacks. The results show that, despite the great communication potential of Twitter during crises following terrorist attacks, only Barcelona Turisme published a high volume of tweets in the first days after the attack. However, the content of the tweets by Barcelona Turisme and Cambrils Turisme focuses mainly on how the attack was dealt with, the actions they took to protect the stakeholders, and the promotion of their tourist attractions. The tweets reported to a lesser extent on what had happened during the attacks and the security measures adopted after the attacks. The study has shown the need for public relations and crisis communication by Destination Management Organizations when terrorist attacks take place. This article involves the creation of a highly useful methodology to analyse crisis communication management after terrorist attacks at tourist destinations.

Mapping media accountability in a stateless nation: The case of the Basque Country

This article analyses the media accountability instruments available in the area where the Basque language is spoken. After mapping out media accountability in the Basque Country focusing on instruments both internal and external to the media, it is discussed how the situation differs from other cases in Europe, such as Sweden or Catalonia. Despite the absence of strong institutional media accountability organizations, several media accountability instruments (MAI) have been launched in recent years. It is too early yet to affirm whether this is a passing trend or an indicator of deeper changes leading to a consensus on ethical standards with respect to the media.

Measuring the small in the digital landscape

In Catalonia, the smaller media publishing in the Catalan language – usually calling themselves proximity media instead of local media – is a significant and particularly dynamic sector of the media industry’s environment. In a constant struggle to be visible against the backdrop of the state-focused Spanish media measurement systems, different approaches have been tested to portray a more accurate picture of the importance of these media, to increase their advertising revenue and also to assess the impact of Catalonian media and culture. This article analyses the effect produced in the audiences of the local media integrated in the Associació de Mitjans d’Informació i Comunicació (Association of Information and Communication Media) by the changes observed in the Communication and Culture Barometer published by the Communication and Culture Audiences Foundation (FUNDACC). The objective of this article is to delineate the challenges that these media have to face to be market-significant from an audience measurement standpoint and how the media measurement institutions are a key player in this process.


The question of linguistic minorities and the debates on cultural sovereignty

When observing certain global debates in recent decades on the defence of national cultural and linguistic spaces, one finds what seems to be a paradox: states that were historically constructed by homogenizing cultures and stifling languages in their territory (even states that were until recently accused of promoting cultural imperialism), now seem to be resorting to defensive arguments traditionally used by threatened minorities. This reaction is based on the perception that flows linked to globalization, migratory movements and the development of telecommunications are threatening the linguistic and cultural space of the nation, and therefore the nation itself, and could thus suggest a confluence of arguments between states and minorities. As in any paradox, we are not only faced with statements that apparently depart from common sense, but instead with a complex reality, whose understanding poses a challenge. In this article, we will try to analyse, from the point of view of the linguistic minorities, the limits of the arguments wielded by the states in defence of their national space, as well as the possibilities those minorities have of resorting to the discourses constructed at a global level in defence of diversity.



The dark sides of sharenting

Present day parents have become accustomed to regularly posting information and disclosing details about their children on social media, i.e. engaging in sharenting. Although many parents value the practice as it not only enables to involve distant family members and friends in the growing up of the children, but has also become a practice for collecting precious memories receiving social support and sharing one’s parenting dilemmas; sharenting has still gained quite a negative public image. The current article aims to highlight some of the most dominant concerns that scholars have voiced when talking about the dark sides of sharenting – the emergence of a datafied child, loss of privacy and a potential distress the practices of sharenting might cause to the parent-child relationship.

Mobile creation in communication studies and the challenge of its adoption in higher education

In the audio-visual industry it is increasingly common to find professional productions created with mobile devices, mobile journalism continues to grow, the smartphone market places increasing emphasis on camera quality and mobile cinema (created with smartphones) is more relevant every day. Yet despite this change at the industry level, the study ‘Apps4CAV’ reveals that future audio-visual creators receive no training in the use of mobile devices as part of their university courses. Communication and media students are aware of very few mobile applications for the production and distribution of audio-visual content and almost none for scriptwriting, pre-production and post-production. Moreover, they make scarce use of the wellknown apps and perceive mobile devices to be valid tools for audio-visual creation only in the personal sphere, but not for academic or professional work. Should our universities provide training to those future audio-visual professionals in the development of mobile creation skills?


‘Neither male or female, just Falete’: Resistance and queerness on Spanish TV screens

Spanish copla singer Falete is best known for his frequent presence on TV shows, which receive record ratings, and also for the jokes made regarding his appearance. Confronted with normative questions regarding gender and sexuality, Falete’s successful TV career challenges not only binary conceptions of gender but also how we think about TV spectatorship. We argue that liminal spaces, such as the one that Falete inhabits on TV, are useful for unveiling how audiences develop plural and complex forms of identifying with TV stars. Watching Falete on TV, therefore, challenges theories of gender that reify processes of identity formation and identification. In this article, we highlight Falete’s engagement with queer strategies of resistance, such as humour, reappropriation and hypervisibility to resist society’s impulse to name and fix normative identities, but also to gain the audience’s attention and sympathy.


Book Reviews

Game studies today: special issue online

Our special issue Vol 10.2 on Game Studies is online now. It is the result of a fine piece of curation by our Guest Editors Jan Gonzalo (URV), Antonio Planells (TecnoCampus, UPF) and Víctor Navarro (CESAG UPComillas), who have ensured a rich and balanced collection of topics and approaches.
Editors say about this issue:

“From the perspective of the game as a cultural object, this issue addresses different problems such as the historiographic vision of the analog game, or the always complex concept of authorship in the process of game creation.”

The following articles are included in the Special Issue:
Game studies today: In and beyond digital culture (Editorial)

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Proceso de Lana: Playing Andean culture through board games

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Gender, sex and romance in role playing video games: Dragon’s Dogma, Fable III and Dragon Age: Inquisition

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The erasure of female representation in geek spaces as an element for the construction of Geek identity: The case of Warhammer 40.000

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Fan preservation of ‘flopped’ games and systems: The case of the Virtual Boy in Spain

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Talking about games: Gamers’ digital communication spaces as the object of study

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The impact of digital practices on the perception of risks and benefits of digital gaming

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The four board game eras: Making sense of board gaming’s past
Authors:  Tristan Donovan

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The board game designer: An approach

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Future Story Chasers: An experience with co-creation of fiction in the classroom through a collaborative storytelling game

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Seminar ‘Discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of conflicts: The Catalan Case’


From branding of stateless nations to online activism

Our new miscellaneous issue (10)1 is now online! This issue is the result of some quite eclectic submissions with topics ranging from Kurdish broadcasting on Turkish state TV by Esra Asran, journalism in the age of hybridization by Miren Gutiérrez, Pilar Rodríguez and J.M. Díaz de Guereñu, or culture as ‘soft power’ in the branding of stateless nations by Melissa Johnson, to young gender and LGBTQ activists online by Paula Herrero-Diz and Marina Ramos-Serrano.

Captura de pantalla 2018-05-30 a las 12.32.55From: Journalism in the age of hybridization: Los vagabundos de la chatarra –Comics journalism, data, maps and advocacy (M. Gutiérrez, P. Rodríguez, and J.M. Díaz de Guereñu)

The issue also includes book reviews for:

Posmemoria de la Guerra Civil y el Franquismo: Narrativas Audiovisuales y Producciones Culturales en el Siglo XXI, Laia Quílez Esteve and José Carlos Rueda Laffond (eds.) (2017). Granada: Editorial Comares, 256 pp.

Retrotopía, Zygmunt Bauman (2017). Barcelona: Paidós, 172 pp.

Masculinidades Disidentes, Rafael M. Mérida Jiménez (ed.) (2016). Barcelona: Editorial Icaria, 256 pp.

Productos Transmediáticos e Imaginario Cultural: Arqueología Transmedia, Patricia Trapero Llobera and María Isabel Escalas Ruíz (eds.) (2017). Palma: Ediciones UIB.

We will be posting tweets on all the articles and viewpoints of this amazing issue!


Gender and media: Historical, temporal and contemporary trends

Our Special Issue 9.2 on Gender and Media is online now.

The Special Issue is divided into two sections. The first one includes work that features a historical or a temporal dimension in its analysis of gender and media and that explores how shifts and transformations may affect practices of production and gender representation. There is a particular attention for work that examines how journalism has both furthered and hampered sociocultural and political change for people who are not white, heterosexual and male. As this issue demonstrates, shifts and transformations do not automatically imply progression and emancipation. These articles, above all, demonstrate the need for gender and media scholars to keep a close watch on practices and processes in media and popular culture, reveal and understand the sociocultural implications for how gender and sexuality are shaped and experienced in and through media.

Articles in this section:
Same-sex love in times of Dutroux: The articulation of homosexuality with child abuse in late 1990s’ Flemish print media
Authors:  Florian Vanlee And  Sofie Van Bauwel And Frederik Dhaenens

From bullfighter’s lover to female matador: The evolution of Madonna’s gender displays in her music videos

Authors:  Iolanda Tortajada And  Núria Araüna And Cilia Willem

Authors:  Sara de Vuyst

The second section engages in the weighty debate of the possibilities created by the democratization of content production enabled by digital media and social networks. Specifically, this issue proposes insights into the ways in which young people use these new communication tools for solidarity actions and produce potentially transformative outputs in gender terms. Thus, some emphasis is placed on activists and their resistance to stereotypes. At the same time, we would not like to understate how so-called ‘new media’ reproduce former inequalities or enable new forms of oppression – neither can be isolated from offline experiences and traditional media – and some of the articles will delve into these matters.

Articles in this section:

CJCS calls for submissions on the Catalan crisis

In the light of the latest events in Spain/Catalonia, we call for contributions on the role of the media and other cultural outlets in the Catalan crisis or ‘Catalan October’. Submissions will be considered for publication in one of our next miscellaneous or special issues (2018-2019).

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