Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Congress organization

In the last years ASTERISC has organized a number of interesting seminars and congresses all related to the research topics of the group. The list below shows the diversity of events:

SEMINAR ‘DISCOURSES, ACTORS AND CITIZENS IN THE COMMUNICATIVE CONSTRUCTION OF CONFLICTS’

Last October 2018, the management team of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, the Faculty of Letters of the URV, the URV/Repsol International Chair of Excellence in Communication and the Association of Political Communication organized the seminar ‘Discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of conflicts’.

This meeting, which brought together experts, students and researchers interested in political communication, served to present the call for papers of the special issue 11.2 of the CJCS, which will be published in the fall of 2019 and will focus on the analysis of political conflicts. This special issue will be co-edited by Dr. Marta Montagut (URV), Dr. Carlota Moragas-Fernández (URV) and Dr. Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal).

The seminar had the interesting interventions of Dr. Cristina Perales (UPF), who gave the conference ‘The Catalan political situation in the international press’; Dr. Marc Esteve del Valle (University of Groningen), who spoke about the Catalan case through the conference ‘Social Media and Political Polarization: the Catalan Case’; and Dr. Marina Dekavalla (University of Sussex), who gave the conference ‘Framing referendum campaigns in the news’. The act concluded with a joint discussion on the communicative construction of political conflicts.
 

NARCÍS MASFERRER, THE GREAT SPORTSMAN
Seminar commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the patriarch of Spanish and Catalan sports
April 18, 2017

Despite his impressive resume, Narcís Masferrer is today a figure almost unknown beyond the circles specialized in the history of the sport. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, this seminar was intended to rescue his memory and give him a more than deserved tribute.
 

SEMINAR AND POSMEMORY OF FRANCOISM: CONTEMPORARY REPRESENTATIONS IN THE CINEMA, LITERATURE AND THE MEDIA
January 28, 2016

The event served to publicly present the first results of the research project "Memories in Second Degree: Post-Civil War, Francoism and Democratic Transition in Contemporary Spanish Society" (CSO2013-41594-P), funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and coordinated by Professor Laia Quílez.



SEMINAR II 'POSMEMORIES OF CIVIL WAR AND FRANCHISM: AUDIOVISUAL MEDIATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY'
June 9, 2016

In this second meeting, the presentation of the results of the project coordinated by Professor Laia Quílez was expanded.
 

METAFPERCOM R&D PROJECT CLOSURE SEMINAR
December 12, 2016

The celebration of the Seminar "The role of metaphor in the construction of conflict in the public sphere (media, institutions and citizens)" took place as a closing of the R & D project METAFPERCOM, led by Dr. Arantxa Capdevila. This project aimed to analyze how institutions and the media use the metaphor as a discursive tool to influence the perception that citizens have on conflicting sociopolitical issues.


X INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON RESEARCH IN PUBLIC RELATIONS, 'New spaces for dialogue from public relations'
April 16 and 17, 2015

The inaugural conference was chaired by the General Director of the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, Jaume Giró, who spoke on reputation management in a changing society in the presentation titled "Confidence and communication: Reputation management In a society in transformation".
 

HALF-DAY INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR 'Media framing and Metaphor use in conflict: politicians, science, sports'
April 22, 2015

The day was organized as part of the project funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness with the title: "The role of metaphor in the definition and social perception of Conflictive issues: institutions, media and citizens" (CSO2013 -41661-P). Framing and metaphors were the focus of the presentations and discussion of the seminar, which was attended by international speakers and from the URV.
 

ECREA GENDER AND COMMUNICATION SYMPOSIUM 'Media (in)visibility: Gender and sexual diversity in European popular media culture'
October 16 and 17, 2015

The Department of Communication Studies of the URV hosted the ECREA symposium on gender and communication. Dr. Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies at King's College London opened the symposium with the conference "Only White Men: Serial Killing in European Cinema".


SEMINAR 'BOARDS AND DISPLAYS'
October 29, 2015

The goal of the day was to place analogue games at the same level as video games in an academic setting. For more than four hours, nine experts from different areas explored in three roundtables the connections that exist between analogue games and video games, giving prominence to their communicative dimension.


SEMINAR 'Dance, an unconventional media'
November 24, 2015

More than fifty people among students, teachers and professionals from the audiovisual world gathered to know everything that connects dance with communication. The day was born of an initiative of the student of Communication Studies of the URV, Marta Arjona, who is dedicated to the production of videodance through its business project DansPXL.
 

WORKSHOP COMMUNICATING FOOD FOR HEALTH BENEFITS 

Tarragona, 8-9 November 2012

The aim of the workshop was to explore how communication can be incorporated within the European Food Research Agenda. In order to strengthen the communicative framework the workshop was organized in four interrelated strands, each relevant to developing good practice in food risk and benefit communication.

The workshop was adressed to agrifood sector professionals, strategy and scientific comunication experts, public relations, journalists, nutritionists, bachelor students, master and Ph.D. in nutrition, comunication, marketing, psychology, economics and MBA...

Further information here.
 

III AE-IC INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS. "Communication and risk"

Tarragona, 18-20 January 2012 

The Spanish Association of Communication Research (AE-IC) celebrated its 3rd congress in Tarragona, hosted by the Department of Communication Studies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. The meeting was a great occasion for measuring the quality and weight of the field, through the presentation of near four hundred communications.

The conference theme was 'Communication and Risk' and the invited keynote speaker in charge of it was Professor David L. Altheide (Arizona State University), who presented a speech entitled 'Shielding Risk'. Armand Mattelart was also present at the conference, in which homage was devoted to Roman Gubern.

Further information (in Spanish)
 

Narrating the Nation: Television Narratives and National Identities

Reus (Catalonia), 4-5 October 2007

The congress aimed to bring together scholars researching the processes of national identity building in relation to television narratives and the ways in which national identity is reflected in and itself influences television programs in content and form. Thus, this event was an opportunity to strengthen international relations in a field in which scholars often work solely or primarily within their own national social, political and media contexts.

Further info.
 

New Research for New Media: innovative research methodologies

Second edition - September 30th to October 2nd 2004
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain)

After a successful and exciting first edition at the University of Minnesota, USA, the Symposium moved to Europe with the aim of broadening the research traditions sharing experiences. The goal was to provide an examination of current practices and an opportunity for reflection on future directions new media research methods might take.