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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Check out our latest issue 9.1 online!

What do pain communication, relationships between political and commercial spots, watchdog journalism in Cyprus, the downfall of Spanish stereotypes, and ludoliteracy in common? They’re all hot topics in our latest issue, available at the Intellect content website.


Mapping political and economic values 2008-2011-2015. Source: José Luís Hernández Olmedo (from: ‘Axiological relationships between audio-visual political and commercial messages in spain from 2008 to 2015’).

New issue published

Our latest miscellaneous issue is online now with the following articles:

Three twenty-first-century disaster films, the ideology of science and the future of democratic debate

Mapping media accountability in stateless nations: The case of Catalonia

Mediacentric spaces and physical spaces in minority language use: A case study on the Basque language press

The impact of the Ebola Virus and rare diseases in the media and the perception of risk in Spain

Negotiating national unity and diversity in public broadcasting: A comparative study on South Africa and Flanders

How Nazi press instructions framed German perceptions of the Spanish Civil War


Media and the construction of memory: The case of the Arboleda massacre in Colombia


The Unleashed Scandal: The End of Control in the Digital Age. Bernhard Poerksen and Hanne Detel (2014)

De la necropolítica neoliberal a la empatía radical:Violencia discreta, cuerpos excluidos y repolitización. Clara Valverde Gefaell (2015)
Review by JESÚS COBO

Gender and Media: Representing, Producing, Consuming. Tonny Krijnen and Sofie Van Bauwel (2015)

Mujeresenmedio(s): Propuestas para analizar la comunicación masiva con perspectiva de género. Asunción Bernárdez Rodal (2015)

Directoras de cine en España y América Latina: Nuevas voces y miradas. Pietsie Feenstra, Esther Gimeno Ugalde and Kathrin Sartingen (eds) (2014)
Review by ELENA OROZ

Cataract. John Berger (2011)


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CJCS indexed in Web of Science

We are pleased to announce that the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies has now been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index,
 a new edition of Web of Science by Thompson Reuters.

The inclusion of the CJCS in the Emerging Sources Citation Index demonstrates our dedication to providing the most relevant and influential Communication Studies content to our community.

I want to congratulate my team, Iolanda Tortajada, Carlota Moragas and Antonio Caballero and the Department of Communication Studies at the University Rovira i Virgili for making this possible.

Impact Factor Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

Our journal now has its own dedicated Scopus page and impact factor. Thanks to the hard work of the previous years and all the valuable contributions in our latest Volumes, we have come this far. We strive to keep the impact factor rising.

Cilia Willem, Editor

Read. Write. Grow.

When Enric Castelló and other members of the editorial team suggested me as a new editor of the CJCS I thought they were joking. To be at the height of Enric’s devotion, perseverance and quality as an editor is, to say the least, a challenge.

But against all odds I decided to take this challenge.

I feel privileged: the journal has grown up and is now reaching new heights in the international scene of scholars and practitioners in media and film studies, cultural practices, gender studies, public relations and social communication. Our multidisciplinary approach and the recent indexation in Scopus is rapidly multiplying the journal’s impact in these fields.

As a Belgian citizen and ‘cultural’ Flemish living in Catalonia since 1996, I have been interested in the (de)construction of national and cultural identities through media as a major site of social negotiation for a long time. As the Catalan national identity and independence are gaining momentum, the CJCS provides in-depth analysis of past and current cultural processes in Catalan society as well as in other European and international contexts. These two perspectives, the local and the global, are the strength of the journal and appeal to a growing and diverse readership.

Finally, the unconditional support from the Intellect staff back in Bristol and from my colleagues at the Communication Department of the Rovira and Virgili University – especially our new managing editor Carlota Moragas -, helped me to make up my mind and take this challenge.

So, dear readers and authors: let’s keep reading, keep writing, keep growing.

Cilia Willem, October 2014

Farewell with thanks

All this began in 2007 in informal conversations among the members of the still Pre-Department of Communication Studies in Tarragona, at the University Rovira i Virgili. There, with my colleagues Bernat López, Jordi Farré and Josetxo Cerdan… we decided to enrol in a huge project: to launch an international journal in English that would publish the best research on media and communications related to the Catalan society, but open to other national contexts.

Today the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies is a reality thanks to Intellect Books, who trusted in the project and in the team. The CJCS has published dozens of good articles following a blind peer review policy and last year the prestigious international index, Scopus, included the title in the database. Today, articles are indexed and the texts are in the most important academic platforms.

Acting as editor has been a pleasure and also a huge work, sometimes tiring, at moments exciting (especially interesting is when the new issue arrived at your mail box…). But the thing that I will better remember is my relationship with people: colleagues, reviewers, authors, and publishers… After six years, I leave the post of Editor of the CJCS having all them in my mind, thanks very much to all.

Dr. Cilia Willem, who recently has been enrolled at the Department of Communication Studies, will be the new editor of CJCS. She has an excellent profile and qualities to carry out the task of leading an international journal. I am very satisfied to see that the CJCS faces a bright future at her hands.

There is a never-ending list of people to thank… sorry if anyone is not mentioned here… The editorial team (Bernat López, Jordi Farré, Josetxo Cerdan, Hugh O’Donnell, Carme Farré, Yolanda Tortajada), the Editorial Board members, the reviewers that kindly offered their expertise, Intellect’s staff, to my colleagues at the Department of Communication Studies.. Thanks also to readers and to colleagues that encourage me to stand on the first line.

Enric Castelló