CJCS 6.1 is out!

The 6.1 issue is out! This contains six research and theoretical articles, a Gateway contribution and a couple of Viewpoint texts. The content is diverse and studying topics including theater and performance, TV documentary, minority language media, gender analysis and media history.

The collection is counting with  contributions from scholars based in three main territories of Catalan speaking language (Catalonia, Valencia and Balearic Island), along with other from Spain and Colombia. The Reviews section, coordinated by Dr. Iolanda Tortajada, include seven texts discussing books in journalism, theater, social media, sociology, history representations, feminism and digital journalism. We all hope you enjoy it!


Extended CFP ‘Conflict and crisis in elite sport’


Special issue of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies 6.2

Conflict and crisis in elite sport: media, ideology, identity and politics in an era of hyper-sportisation


28 February 2014

Guest editors: Verner Møller (Department of Sports Sciences, University of Aarhus) and Bernat López (Department of Communication Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili).

Professional elite sport and the closely related phenomenon of media and spectator sport are among the most global, pervasive, influential, and visible social phenomena across countries, cultures, and social strata. Modern societies seem to be clearly demanding more sport, not less (Dimeo, 2007: 138). The sportisation process (Maguire, 2007) seems to be entering a new era in which more is at stake concerning elite and spectator sports: nationalism, identity, geopolitics, the leisure economy, corporate capitalism, and the continuous (re)definition of the boundaries of human performance and capabilities. Despite commercial sport being increasingly an object of attention for social theory and social research, their expanded relevance calls for further and closer scrutiny. This proposed special issue intends to contribute to this.

Although a wide range of commodities and infrastructures, from tennis balls to stadia, are closely associated with elite sport, its basic “product” has no materiality in and of itself since it is a performance: essentially a mass-mediated performance. Sport is a cultural and symbolic phenomenon. As such it offers an ideal site for the expression of ideology, identity (re)construction and cultural and political struggle. Therefore this special issue will focus on modern elite sport as the arena for symbolic and ideological conflict, struggle and crisis. Contributions are invited from any social scientific and cultural studies perspective, such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, media and communication studies, sports studies, gender studies, economics, law, history, and political science.

Proposals are expected to focus on the relationship between elite and media sports and a wide range of issues: national, class, gender, sexual, intergenerational or racial struggle, the doping debate, symbolic violence, identity (re)construction, global versus local, the survival of small national cultures in the new global context, etc. Articles applying a stateless-nation or small nation-state perspective will be particularly welcome.

The journal plans to include articles of around 6-7.000 words, plus short research reports of around 3.000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full articles for proposed contributions should be sent to catalan.journal@urv.cat by 28 FEBRUARY 2014. Acceptance of articles will be confirmed by 30 April 2014. All contributions will be subjected to anonymous peer review. For more details about the journal guidelines please visit: https://catalanjournal.wordpress.com/


Guest editors:

Professor Verner Møller is one of the leading scholars in the field of doping and sport studies. He is co-founder of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research (INHDR) (http://www.doping.au.dk), which brings together 30 researchers from twelve different countries devoted to the study of the philosophical, social, and cultural aspects of doping and anti-doping. Professor Møller has published extensively on the issue, in Danish and English. His main contributions include the monographs The ethics of doping and anti-doping: Redeeming the soul of sport? (Routledge, 2010), Dopingdjævlen – analyse af en hed debat (Gyldendal, 1999; English version: The Doping Devil), Doping and Public Policy (co-editor, University Press of Southern Denmark, 2004), Elite sport, doping and public health (co-editor, University of Southern Denmark Press, 2009), and Doping and anti-doping policy in sport: ethical and legal perspectives (Routledge, 2011).

Bernat López has recently moved into the field of sport and doping studies where he has published on the social history of cycling in Spain and Catalonia, and already contributed recognised insights into the social construction of the doping issue. His previous research activities dealt mainly with minority cultures, media, and communication and cultural policies in Catalonia. He is the author of, among other, “Sport, Media, Politics and Nationalism on the Eve of the Spanish Civil War: The First Vuelta Ciclista a España (1935)” (International Journal of the History of Sport 27, 4, 2010), “Doping as Technology: A Rereading of the History of Performance-Enhancing Substance Use” (International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics 4, 1, 2012) and “The invention of a ‘drug of mass destruction’: deconstructing the EPO myth” (Sport in History 31,1, 2011).

“From farm to fork”: a nice presentation

What strategies in the social media can we apply when communicating food issues? What opportunities do these strategies offer? And what inconveniences are to be found? Reflexions like these have dominated the presentation of the latest special issue of Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, entitled “Communication and Food for Health Benefits: Negotiating Meanings in Networked Times”, last week at URV.

The presentation counted on the participation of the blogger Txàber Allué, better known as El Cocinero Fiel, who emphasized the importance of the online prescribers when it comes to social media. In that same direction, the director of URV-Repsol International Chair for Excellence in Communication, Jordi Farré, indicated that there has been a change in the pattern of food communication, which “has gone from from fark to fork to from farm to blog”.

“Don’t think you’re better just because you’re a journalist” and “find a market niche and become a specialist” those were some of the advice that El Cocinero Fiel gave the students of communication during the presentation of the latest issue of Catalan Journal of Communication and Social Studies at the University Rovira i Virgili. During the conference, Allué stressed the importance of achieving digital prestige to become a node between networks of users and to adapt the message depending on the channel.

Allué’s thoughts on his own experiences as a gastronomy blogger are collected in the video “FoodRisC: Estrategias de comunicación 2.0”(“FoodRisC: Social Media Communication Strategies), which was shown during the presentation. And they’re also to be found in the article “Food sector communication and online influencers” in CJCS. Around two hundred people assisted to the speech, most of them graduate students of communication studies at URV that had the chance to exchange ideas and ask questions about the topic.


Presentation of the special issue on Communication and Food

Next Tuesday 3rd December,  9.30 am (Sala d’actes, Campus Catalunya, URV), we are presenting the Special issue of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, entitled “Communication and Food for Health Benefits: Negotiating Meanings in Networked Times”. The issue is guest edited by Jordi Farré (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Julie Barnett (University of Bath).

Jordi Farré, who also leads the Spanish team of the EU project FoodRisc Benefit & Risk Communication, will offer a short description of the issue and will introduce a couple of video shorts explaining communication strategies in the social media. Then, Txàber Allué, teacher at URV and gastronomic blogger (El cocinero fiel), will offer a conference on social media and food communication. The presentation, including the conference, is open to all community.

The special issue is counting with contributions from specialized scholars based in universities and research centres including University of Antwerp, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Hertfordshire, Food Standards Agency Scotland, Aarhus University, Ghent University, Jagiellonian University, Centre Tecnològic de Nutrició i Salut, Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural and Universitat Rovira i Virgili. In this issue, we have included an innovative section gathering four texts under the title “Professional experiences”. These short contributions offer perspectives from researchers, journalists and food innovators with a special focus in on-line platforms.

This is the issue 5.2 and is completing the fifth volume of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies (322 pages), composed twenty different texts. It is the fourth special issue of the journal and is already on-line available.


CJCS was present in Manchester

The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies had a notorious presence at the 59th Annual Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, held in the University of Manchester (1st– 3rd November 2013). All delegates were provided with a card informing about the call for papers and a couple of last issues were at their disposal for inspection in the reception desk.

The editor of the journal, Enric Castelló, participated in a round table on cinema, television and the current Catalan context, in which he invited the delegates to submit their research and articles to the journal. Jaume Martí-Olivella (University of New Hampshire), CJCS International Advisory Board member, also delivered a speech for the occasion and encouraged the journal to go-on with such an “excellent” initiative. All in all, delegates showed their interest in the journal, recently included in Scopus index, and the meeting was a fruitful occasion to broader the international scope of the publication.

Special issue 5.2. ‘Communication and food for health benefits’: on-line!

The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies has published its latest issue: a special on ‘Communication and food for health benefits’. This issue is containing a collection of texts, including articles, a viewpoint and short professional experiences. The Special Issue has been guest-edited by Dr. Jordi Farré (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Julie Barnett (University of Bath).

All content is now available through Ingenta. The editor of the CJCS, Enric Castelló, has published a brief commentary on this achievement. This issue is completing the 5th volume of the journal, which recently has been included in Scopus to be indexed.

Articles of issue 5.1 included in Scopus

Before summer Scopus accepted the inclusion of Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies in its index. Right now articles of issue 5.1 are already included in it. In brief CJCS will have a ranking position but at this moment the authors contributing in the issue are able to see who is citing their articles.

Issue 5.1 is containing six articles including a research on the news report during the Catalan elections in 2010; a study on early Francoist propaganda documentaries; an analysis of genre representation in a Spanish fiction serial; an article on the public relations profession in Spain and the adaptation of Grunnig paradigm on excellence; another about the presence of female journalists in Austria and the difference in their role and work conditions regarding their male colleagues; and the last on the media coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The issue is completed with a Viewpoint research note about how Belgian press reports on Catalonia and the Gateway article from David Altheide entitled Shielding risk, that offers an approach to risk communication, media and society, exploring concepts like media logic, politics of fear and surveillance society.

This part is the first of the fifth volume that soon we will be completed with a special issue on food and communication, which is already in press. The whole volume will be the first being tracked by the Scopus platform.