terça-feira, 20 de junho de 2017

Could an Image be an Argument? - 400 views!!

In less than a year "Can the Image be an Argument?" has been accessed more than 400 times in the journal's site (FAMECOS) alone!

Thank you for reading it.

And do not forget to email me!

In societies like ours with a strong visual culture, it is urgent to question the legitimacy of extending the classical and rational notion of “argument”, to nonlinguistic or non-discursive fields, as is the case of visual phenomena. 
Contributing to the lusophonedebate about the argumentative potential of  images, this article argues that although not all images have an argumentative form, it does not necessarily leads us to
assume that no argument can be presented in a visual form. Admitting the verbalist perspective on visual arguments, according to which visual arguments have a discursive nature, the paper stresses the importance of visual propositions to the reason-giving process that characterizes argumentation. The analysis of a cartoon and the isolation of its visual propositions provides the opportunity to demonstrate how, in everyday life, we can observe how a visual argument works.

Keywords: Visual Rhetoric. Argumentation Theory. Communication.

The Paper on Visual Rhetorics  can be read (in portuguese)  here.

Source: MATOS, Rodrigo. Futesmola. Jornal Expresso, 25 nov. 2013. Disponível em: <http:// www.publico.pt/culturaipsilon/noticia/cartoonista-rodrigo-de-matos-venceugrande-premio-press-cartoon-europe-1623649>

Bibliographical Reference:

“Pode uma Imagem ser um Argumento?”, FAMECOS, v. 23, n. 2, 2016 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15448/1980-3729.2016.2.21445

terça-feira, 13 de junho de 2017

Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication

Number 8 of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication has just been released and you can read one of my papers there: A communicational matrix to the imaginary: Looking into the media imaginary.



Phenomenology, Sociology, Hermeneutics and Psychoanalysis have accumulated different methods and knowledge on the imaginary. Nevertheless, the crucial connection between the social imagining and communication has not always been truly examined. In this article, we take the imaginary (seen as a symbolic thought of images) and communication (seen as a process of symbolic reproduction) as correlated notions, and work upon a communicational matrix of the imaginary. We emphasize three key elements of the imaginary: by pointing to the verbal-iconic, technical and mediatized dimensions we will be paying special attention to the media imaginary and the effects of its commemorative logic to the propagation of public imaginaries.

quinta-feira, 11 de maio de 2017

Rhetoric Discourse and the Communicative Dialogical Mind Conference

Rhetoric Discourse and the Communicative Dialogical Mind International Conference will be held in Lisbon University, next June.

Focusing on wide-raging domain of rhetoric communication, the conference addresses past and present issues ranging from Aristotelian Rhetoric to cognitive-oriented linguistic approaches. It is argued that our communicative minds operate beyond cool reason by mixing up semantic domains in multimodal frames both in mass and networked communication. Metaphor use in specialist and popularized discourse contexts must also be accounted for in view of the pervasiveness of imaginative processes in terminology coinage in different areas of expertise.

I hope to see some of you there.

Communication Studies Journal (Labcom)

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I recommend you regularly consult "Communication Studies" Journal. It published quality papers with a diversity of methodological approaches and a variety of subjects. A great resource to any researcher in communication.

"Communication Studies" is intended to include various approaches, methodologies and lines of research, defining itself as a journal of Communication Sciences with an interdisciplinary profile and open to a plurality of methods".

"The main guidelines of the Journal editorial policy are oriented to the concepts of "citizenship" and "participation", understood from a communicational point of view, involving processes and devices of knowledge circulation and opinion formation in the political field in general, and in specific areas of public policy such as health, education, science culture, public opinion, gender and identity".

Some of my papers:

"A brief history of Public Opinion" (2008)

"The Ambivalence of Public Opinion in GWF Hegel" (2014)

sexta-feira, 5 de maio de 2017

Iberoamerican Network on Imaginaries and Representations

Some of my papers deal with the Imaginary and its relation to publicness.

Don't forget to check RIIR, the Iberoamerican Network on Imaginaries and Representations where you can find many interesting papers and books on the subject.


sexta-feira, 28 de abril de 2017

Conference: The journalistic discourse in Madeira Press in early 20th century

Conference: The  Journalistic Discourse in Madeira Press in early 20th century

May, 3rd, 2017
Madeira's Press Museum (Câmara de Lobos)

This conference celebrated the World Press Freedom day!

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sexta-feira, 21 de abril de 2017

Ontopower- war, powers, and the state of perception by Brian Massumi Book Review

Brian Massumi, Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception , Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015, 320 pp., $24.95 (paperback)

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A new review on Massumi's book that can be read here.