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Bodies, Arts, and Media: (Re)Configurations in the Digital Era

International Conference

December 5-6, 2024

Maison de la recherche

(4, rue des irlandais 75005 – Paris, France)

The IRMÉCCEN (Sorbonne Nouvelle University) and LabSIC (Sorbonne Paris Nord University) laboratories, research committees 14 (Sociology of Communication, Knowledge, and Culture), 37 (Sociology of the Arts), and 54 (The Body in Social Sciences) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), as well as research committees 38 (Socio-anthropologie Politique: Médias et Cultures) and 33 (Sociologie de la Communication et du Numérique) of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française (AISLF), the Cité du Genre, and the Groupe de Travail “Genre et Espace Numérique” of the Centre Internet et Société (CNRS), are jointly organizing the bilingual (French and English) international conference entitled Bodies, Arts, and Media: (Re)Configurations in the Digital Era.


The body is both a physical and symbolic entity that characterizes the human being (Le Breton, 2008). Although it is a private possession where the most intimate biological and psychological activities of social beings are expressed, it also serves as an artifact through which individuals interact with the world and their peers. From this perspective, the body is influenced and shaped by social norms and cultural discourses (Butler, 1993). These factors play a significant role in society by setting specific expectations for the human body, encouraging the construction of certain body types over others, and shaping the relationships individuals are expected to maintain with their own bodies. Thus, the body is subject to permanent norms and injunctions, which vary according to different forms of marginalization (gender, class, race, sexuality, age, etc.), contributing to the formation of bodies that are considered more or less legitimate[1] (Larochelle and Bourdeloie, 2023).

Unlike other concepts such as 'patriarchy' or 'gender,' which have sparked considerable debate in gender studies, the notion of the 'body' was long neglected by researchers in this field (Canning, 1999). Although often implicitly present in studies related to subjects such as reproduction, beauty, prostitution, and witchcraft, the body only truly emerged as a subject of study in the 1980s (Turner, 1996).

As a site where power is exercised and manifested, but also contested and resisted (Foucault, 1975), the body has been the subject of much reflection and debate within gender studies (e.g., Ahmed, 2006; Alcoff, 2006; Bartky, 2020; Bordo, 2004; Davis, 1995; Haraway, 1991; hooks, 1992; McRobbie, 2008; Mulvey, 1975; Rich, 1980; Showalter, 1997; Wolf, 1991). It participates in the ritualization of femininity (Goffman, 1959) and the construction and mediation of masculinities (Connell, 1995), playing an essential role in gender performance and its deconstruction (Butler, 1990, 1993; Halberstam, 1998, 2011; Halperin, 2002; Jagose, 1997; Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1990; Lorber, 1993; Rubin, 2006; Wilchins, 2002). Feminist studies have long examined representations of bodies in the arts and cultural industries, highlighting how these representations contribute to the normalization of certain bodily norms such as beauty, thinness, youth, and validity. They also underscore the objectification of individuals, particularly women, which often impacts how individuals perceive their own bodies (Clark, 1972; Davis, 2003; Gill, 2006; Gill and Scharff, 2011; Gimlin, 2002; Grogan, 2016; hooks, 1995; Kilbourne, 2000; Merleau-Ponty, 2002; Paasonen, 2018; Thompson, 1994). However, it is important to emphasize that representation constitutes a site of conflict between dominant and subaltern actors (Macé, 2006). From this perspective, several case studies of bodily representations confirm that the media are both instances of invisibilization and visibilization (Voirol, 2005) of “illegitimate” bodies (Koch-Rein et al., 2020; McLaren et al., 2021; Capuzza and Spencer, 2017). It also emerges that the body constitutes a site where gender norms are destabilized (e.g., Atkinson, 2014; Preez, 2009; Kalogeropoulos Householder and Trier-Bieniek, 2016; Lapeyroux, 2023).

The analysis of bodily representations through the arts and cultural industries is a profoundly political undertaking. The body, especially that of people marginalized by prevailing social relations (e.g., gender, race, ableism), often falls under specific forms of knowledge that legitimize prevailing social norms (Foucault, 1975). It becomes the object of medicalization and pathologization in the public space (Bartky, 2020; Showalter, 1997; Stoll and Egner, 2021). This is particularly evident in the cultural industries, which then reinforce the existing power relations (Farrell, 2011; Wykes and Gunter, 2005). Moreover, the body serves as a physical vector through which individuals express their political identities or challenge established norms (Waskul and Vannini, 2020). In this way, the body becomes a site of political struggle (Turner, 1996). Far from being immune to political and social ideologies, media representations of the body can be instrumentalized to influence public perceptions of political issues (Grimes et al., 2008; Gamson, 1998).

Beyond representations of the body in the arts and media, the body plays a central role as both a medium and site of artistic performance (Goldberg, 2011; Jones, 1998; Jones and Stephenson, 1999; Jones and Warr, 2006). Various art forms, such as dance, fashion, and theater, have long been arenas where gender is both performed through the body and challenged, offering spaces of resistance against oppressive gender norms (Banes, 1987; Geczy and Karaminas, 2023; Halberstam, 2011; Hausman, 1995). Although the body is today a widely explored object of study, the rapid evolution of digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as the changes they bring to the arts and cultural industries, present numerous challenges that require in-depth reflection by researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Digital technology, a double-edged sword (Bourdeloie, 2021), contributes to amplifying and multiplying hegemonic discourses, particularly regarding body standards (Tiggemann and Slater, 2013), yet it also helps counteract them (Larochelle and Bourdeloie, in press). Digital platforms cannot be considered neutral; they are often biased by algorithms that favor the propagation of images conforming to dominant beauty ideals, thus perpetuating the marginalization of bodies deemed “outside the norm” (Ekström, 2021). Exposure to such discourses significantly affects the social subjects who encounter them. Existing literature demonstrates that exposure to idealized body images on digital platforms negatively impacts the body perception of social subjects, particularly women (Fardouly and Vartanian, 2016; Holland and Tiggemann, 2016; Rodgers and Melioli, 2016). At the same time, these platforms provide a space for the dissemination of pathologizing discourses about the body (Barker et al., 2018; boyd, 2014; Yeshua-Katz and Martins, 2013). However, digital platforms also offer a space where injunctions to normativity can be contested, as evidenced by self-acceptance movements (e.g., body positivity[2], skin positivity[3], hair positivity[4]) and trends such as #whatIeatinadayasafatwoman[5] and #celebratemysize, which have proliferated online since the 2010s (Sastre, 2014).

Digital technologies also reinforce body self-monitoring, notably through the proliferation of digital platforms, wearable devices, and other digital tools (Almalki et al., 2017; Ford and De Togni, 2021; Lupton, 2016; Sharon and Zandbergen, 2017). Empirical studies have shown that self-monitoring apps reinforce body stigmas (Ward et al., 2017) by propagating conventional standards of appearance and well-being (Ruckenstein and Pantzar, 2017). These apps impact self-image and individuals' relationships with their bodies (Fletcher, 2023). Conversely, empirical studies have also demonstrated that social subjects develop resistance strategies against the body surveillance imposed by digital technologies (Goodyear et al., 2017).


From an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, this conference aims to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines such as sociology, information and communication sciences, gender studies, cultural studies, anthropology, history, computational sciences, political science, and others. It seeks to explore reflections on bodies in the arts and media in the digital age. We strongly encourage research that adopts an intersectional perspective and intersects various social relations of oppression (e.g., gender, sexuality, class, race, ableism, ageism). Papers may focus on (but are not limited to) the following themes:


Representations and discourses

Research in this area aims to analyze representations and discourses about the body in the arts and media in the digital age. In addition to traditional arts and media, this area also explores the transformations brought about by the development of digital cultural industries and technologies. Areas covered include information media, mediacultures (Maigret and Macé, 2005), the arts, fashion, and popular culture. Similarly, proposals may examine the construction of discourses and representations in digital media and institutional settings, such as the medical profession. Specifically, proposals may explore how these discourses and representations contribute to the pathologization of minority and dysmorphic bodies—bodies that deviate from prevailing bodily norms—and to the perpetuation of bodily normativity and normalization.



This area focuses on studying how representations and discourses about the body are perceived and appropriated by audiences, broadly including users (followers, etc.) of digital platforms, audiences of so-called traditional media, and digital communities. The aim is to explore the effects of these representations and discourses on individuals' self-esteem and body image, as well as the tactics and strategies of resistance, reversal, or circumvention implemented by audiences and users to question and deconstruct diktats related to the body. In particular, we are interested in studies focusing on the ways in which bodies can be vehicles for political and subjective statements.


Platform design and the co-construction dynamics of bodily norms

This area focuses on the analysis of technological devices as sites where bodily norms are produced, constructed, and contested. In particular, it examines how the design - architecture, interface, functionalities, visual appearance, accessibility, power dynamics, discrimination bias, and technological transparency - of digital devices (such as mobile health/wellness applications, platforms, social media, and websites) contributes to producing and reproducing bodily norms. It involves interrogating the co-construction of devices and norms by considering the reciprocal interactions and dynamics between humans and “non-humans” in this process (Boullier, 2018).


Performance in the digital age

The body plays a central role as a tool for performance, with the notion of "performance" encompassing both artistic and identity-related aspects. This approach aims to examine how individuals perform and/or deconstruct social identities through their bodies and subversive practices (e.g., drag) and how these performances manifest in a digital context. Additionally, this approach examines transformations in performance art. For example, some musicians plan to perform on stage as holograms, thus perpetuating the musical experience despite their aging (Guibert, 2024). This development raises questions about the influence of technological tools on artistic performance and how it is experienced, appropriated, and interpreted by the audiences it reaches.


Epistemology, methods, and ethics

This line of inquiry focuses on the analysis of the body as an epistemology, a method of investigation and inquiry, an observable and a reflexive “tool” in ethical matters. Bodies reflect moral and hygienic norms but are also sites of power—subject to legislative, moral, social, and health concerns—and thus serve as instruments for analyzing social phenomena (Canning, 1999). The body therefore serves as a method for analyzing social change in the public arena (ibid.). We are also concerned here with the epistemological, ethical, and methodological issues involved in analyzing the social aspects of the body.



Submission guidelines:


Paper proposals should not exceed 500 words (excluding bibliography) and should be submitted in English or French by June 1st, 2024 to 


Responses to paper proposals will be sent by e-mail on July 1st, 2024.



The file should be sent in doc or odt format and entitled NAME_Firstname_TitleOfTheCommunication_CONUM2024.


This     document        will      contain the       following: names, last names, emails, affiliations, title of paper, abstract́.


Conference dates: 5 – 6 December, 2024


Conference venue: Maison de la recherche (4, rue des Irlandais 75005, Paris - France), “Claude Simon”  room


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Members of the scientific committee:

Helena ALVIAR, Sciences Po

Simon APARTIS, Centre Internet et Société, CNRS

Audrey BANEYX, Sciences Po

Philippe BOUQUILLION, Sorbonne Paris Nord University

Hélène BOURDELOIE, Sorbonne Paris Nord University

Hélène BREDA, Sorbonne Paris Nord University

Solenne CAROF, Sorbonne University

Omar CERILLO, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies, Sociology

Christiana CONSTANTOPOULOU, Panteion University

Laurence CORROY, University of Lorraine

Jérôme COURDURIÈS, Toulouse Jean Jaurès University

Sophie DUBEC, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Delphine DUPRÉ, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Dulce Maria FILGUEIRA DE ALMEIDA, University of Brasília

Gérôme GUIBERT, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Lena HÜBNER, University of Ottawa

Nicole JENKINS, Howard University / Harvard University


Joëlle KIVITZ, Université Paris Cité

Natacha LAPEYROUX, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dimitra Laurence LAROCHELLE, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Éric MAIGRET, Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Mélanie MILLETTE, Université du Québec à Montréal

Camila MOREIRA CESAR, Sorbonne Nouvelle University


Ilaria RICCIONI, Free University of Bolzano

José RUIZ SAN ROMAN, Complutense University of Madrid

Zeineb TOUATI BEN ALI, Nantes University


[1] Illegitimate bodies can be those that carry a stigma (disabled, trans, fat, skinny, sick, etc.); in other words, any mark of difference likely to discriminate against an individual. These bodies tend to be invisibilized in contemporary societies (Botta, 2000). However, the same cannot be said of dominant bodies (white, thin, able-bodied, heterosexual, etc.).

[2] The movement in question aims for the acceptance and appreciation of all human bodies. Its origins lie in the Fat Acceptance movement, which emerged in the United States in the 1960s. This movement advocated respect for the rights of overweight people (Wann, 2009).

[3] The "skin positivity" movement promotes acceptance and appreciation of all skin types.

[4] The "hair positivity" movement promotes acceptance and appreciation of all hair types.

[5] What I Eat in a Day" content contains normative messages about diet and weight (Pfender et al., 2023), often encouraging dieting and body monitoring, as well as idealizing bodies that conform to prevailing beauty standards (e.g., "what I eat in a day as a model", etc.). However, in an effort to subvert the stigma attached to corpulence, larger content creators produce content such as "What I eat in a day as a fat woman". Such content seeks to offload the moral aspect often associated with foods labeled as "bad", as well as the guilt that accompanies their consumption. The aim is to shed light on everyday eating practices that depart from diet culture (Larochelle and Bourdeloie, in press).

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V International Conference of the Madrid Sociology Association

VIII International Conference on Teaching in the Social Sciences

Social challenges of emerging technologies.

Vulnerabilities, proposals and experiences.

 January 11-12 2024


Facultad CC Información. Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Organizers: Asociación Madrileña de Sociología / CI 15 Sociología de las Organizaciones (FES) / CI 24 Sociología de la Comunicación y del Lenguaje (FES)

Collaborators: Asociación Iberoamericana de Sociología de las Organizaciones y Comunicación (AISOC) / Facultad de CC Información de la Universidad Complutense / Grupo Complutense 931571 Comunicación Responsable y Públicos Vulnerables / RC 14 de ISA.

Presidency: María Dolores Cáceres (AMS), María Victoria Sangustín (CI15), Giuliano Tardivo (CI24), José A. Ruiz San Román (RC 14 ISA).

The convening organisations periodically bring together teachers and researchers with the commitment to contribute reflections, exchange points of view and debate on diverse perspectives that facilitate enrichment and help to improve the teaching work at the university.

The irruption of technologies that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) appears as a challenge never known before in teaching. On the one hand, some of the century-old teaching procedures and research methodology must be rethought and, at the same time, as has so often happened with the appearance of emerging technologies, fears, ethical challenges, reticence, and questions arise.

We face the academic year 2023-24 with the conviction that, from now on, nothing will ever be the same again. The extension and potential of ICTs and, in particular, the potential of AI, are transforming the social sciences.


We invite you to send theoretical reflections and empirical research on the challenges that teaching and research in relation to emerging technologies will have to face or are already facing.

Thematic areas to receive communications

Thematic Area 6 (English).

Embracing Hyper-Technological Times: Exploring Classrooms, Media and Networks in Sociology.

Coord: Victoria Sanagustín, Universidad de Zaragoza.


Thematic Area 7 (English and French).

Gender, Communication and Societies

Coord: Laurence Larochelle, Université Paris III




Área Temática 1. 

Innovación docente en organizaciones, comunicación y tecnologías emergentes- Docencia TICs e Inteligencia Artificial. Reflexiones, retos, propuestas.

Área Temática 2. 

Alternativas docentes. Aulas, medios y redes. Docencia en tiempos hipertecnologizados.

Área Temática 3. 

Exclusión, tecnología, vulnerabilidades y comunicación.

Área Temática 4. 

Retos sociales de las tecnologías emergentes. Vulnerabilidades, propuestas y experiencias.

Área Temática 5. 

Buenas prácticas en procesos de transferencia de conocimiento a la sociedad.

Registration fee: €100

(Advance fee until 1 Dec 23): 80€.

PhD students: 35€.

Member of AMS, CI15 FES, CI24 FES, AISOC, and RC14 ISA: 20€.


Abstract of 350 words maximum before 15 November 2023. To submit papers:



Full text to be sent after the Congress: before 22 January 2024.

A selection of papers will be invited to participate in the conference book to be published by a prestigious publishing house. In addition, some papers may be invited to be peer-reviewed by the journal "Tendencias Sociales. Revista de Sociología" of the Asociación Madrileña de Sociología and UNED.


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Preconference of the RC14 (Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) to the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology 


Representations, discourses and practices

University of Melbourne, Australia

(online and in-person)

June 23–24, 2023

Read the full CFP by clicking here

Submission procedure: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words in English before February 28, 2023 to the following address:

The abstract should include the title of the paper, all author(s) names and affiliation, contact information as well as if you plan to present in person or online. It should contain clear information on the research methods, data sources and analytical tools to be used. Please note that the organizers are seeking original contributions. Authors will be notified by March 15, 2023 of paper proposal acceptance. 

Venue: The conference will be held be held online and in-person at the University of Melbourne. There is no conference fee. 

Publication: A selection of outstanding papers will be published in a conference volume.


RC14 organizes this year a series of webinars entitled «Global Dialogues on Communication, Knowledge and Culture». The aim of these webinars is to enhance dialogue between scholars situated in different regions of the world on topics related to communication, knowledge and culture. 

You can see the program of the webinars by clicking here!




Organized by

-Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences of the University of Alicante.

-Comité de Investigación 15 Sociología de las Organizaciones FES.

-Asociación Iberoamericana de Investigación en Sociología de las Organizaciones y Comunicación (AISOC).

-RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture, ISA (international Sociological Association)

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We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference of Sociology Teaching (Alicante, 2021) organized by Comité de Investigación 15 of Sociology of the Organizations of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES), Ibero American Association for Research in the Sociology of Organizations and Communication (AISOC) and ISA RC14 (Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture).

Main objective is to promote a meeting between researchers and professors who work in the area of sociology and other social sciences, whose academic activity focuses on the study of organizations and communication, the world of work in a broad sense, as well as the perspective of university teaching.

The conferences provide the exchange of ideas, experiences and work lines, promoting an intense debate on the recent evolution of these disciplines, as well as the challenges in teaching and research performance in the international arena.

The conference three broad topics are:

- Innovation and research applied to the field of organizations and communication (Research Innovative projects)

- Emerging theoretical perspectives for the study of organizations and communication.

- Recent teaching experiences in the field of organizations and communication (Teaching innovation projects).

Scientific Comittee

Raúl Ruiz Callado; Mariano Agustín González Chouciño; M Victoria Sanagustín Fons; José A. Ruiz San Román; Carlos Veloso de Veiga; Fidel Molina Luque; Paquita Sanvicén Torné; Francisco Alberto Vallejo Peña; Isabel de la Torre Prados; Ignasi Brunet Icart; Antonio Lucas Marín; Antonio Trinidad; Amparo Fabra Galofre; Rocío Blanco Gregory; Leticia Porto Predosa; Kenia del Orbe.

Organizing committee

Raúl Ruiz Callado; Mariano Aguastín González Chouciño; M Victoria Sanagustín Fons; José A. Ruiz San Román; Leticia Porto Predosa; Kenia del Orbe.

How to send a paper and deadline

DEADLINE EXTENDED ! August 15, 2021. Summary, including title, institution, email, 250-300 words, five key words. It can be send in Spanish or English to the email: .

September 20, 2021. Final version of the communication. 6000-8000 words (in Spanish or English) to 7jornadasprofesores@gmail. Include in the subject: abstract, communication and inscription, Registration form and proof of payment of the fees.

Accepted papers will be published. It will certify also registrations without communication.

Registration and rates

General registration: 60€

Membership AISOC, FES, ISA: 40€

University and high school teachers: 35€

Entrepreneurs and Autonomous: 30€

Students and unemployed people: 20€

Make deposit before September 20 in the account number: ES62 2038 2493 4760 0043 8554.

Concept: Jornadas Alicante.

Send an email with the payment receipt and the subject: INSCRIPTION to the email: .


All participants have the possibility of booking their stay at Hotel Villa Universitaria.

Villa Universitaria, Avenida Vicente Savall Pascual, 16, 03690 San Vicent del Raspeig.

Venue of the Conference

Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. Universidad de Alicante.

Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig. 03690. Spain.

Call for contributions for the thematic issue on: Media Narratives on National Identities

(SCAD Volume dedicated to the celebration of 200 years of the Greek War of Independence)

Collective identities (such as national identities) are an object of continuous process, negotiation and redefinition (in the field of private as well as in the field of public discourses – like media narratives).

Nowadays, Media play a crucial role giving meaning to current ideas and diffusing perceptive images of the ongoing social reality (through concrete symbolical forms). Thus, the sociological study of identities needs to observe the (mass and social) media narratives and the social representations (images and arguments) which are reproduced by them creating a “feeling of community”. This “feeling of community” is important because it determines the constitution and the symbolization of significant social links (the foundation of “being together” in any society). Common symbols (such as the national ones) are converted to a part of everyday life for the audiences, bridging distances in time and space and reporting “reality” in the sphere of everyday perception. 

In times of globalization and of social and economic uncertainty (due to the economic crisis, the refugee and migration problems, the construction of supranational entities or the deconstruction of the existing socialist systems etc.), the contemporary societies redefine world borders and identities. Two centuries after the creation of the so called “romantic nations” (among which modern Greece), how the contemporary media reflect nations and the world? Are “national” identities still important or solidarities among people follow different (such as religious, technological or simply “monetary”) inspirations of “being together” (of “belonging” to a specific community)? How the contemporary “identities” are shaped and how are they “reported” by the contemporary media?

This volume intends to investigate ongoing media (either electronic or digital) narratives describing the contemporary meaning of “significant” identities (such as national identities for instance); references can be made to any shaping of identity given as considerable by current “news” and “narrations” (concerning either modern Greece or Europe and the World). It invites research approaches on definitions of identities in the postmodern society, especially in the media discourse. How national (but also religious and other) proclamations of “being together” are disseminated by different media and which are the main criteria used by the contemporary societies in order to justify present separations due to different identities?

Proposals should be made in English according to the SOCIAL COHESION AND DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL instructions (; research works on Contemporary Identities in the Media Narratives should be original and not exceed 6,000 words including endnotes and references along with a short CV including affiliation, recent publications and current mailing address. Notes must figure at the end of the text together with the Bibliographical References (not a Bibliography in general) in Harvard System.

Interested parties should send their papers not later than June 30th 2021 to the Special Issue Editor, Prof. Christiana Constantopoulou,

Journée d'études Identités contemporaines et narrations médiatiques : qu’est-ce que l’identité nationale aujourd’hui ? 

(à l’occasion des 200 ans d’existence de la Grèce moderne)

Les Universités Panteion d’Athènes (EURCECOM), Paris Descartes (Philépol), Haute-Alsace, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, les Comités de Recherche Sociologie de la Communication, de la Culture et de la Connaissance de l’AIS et Socio-anthropologie Politique de l’AISLF et l’AMOPA-Grèce, organisent une Journée d’Études sur le thème Identités contemporaines et narrations médiatiques : qu’est-ce que l’identité nationale aujourd’hui ? le 10 décembre 2021 à la Maison de la Grèce (9, rue Mesnil 75116 Paris).

Les identités collectives (comme le sont les identités nationales) sont objet de négociations et redéfinitions, en mouvement continu (aussi bien pour ce qui concerne les discours « privés » que les discours publics – politiques ou médiatiques). L’identité grecque moderne est issue (comme d’autres identités nationales) des théories romantiques du 19e siècle qui ont abouti à la création d’états nationaux ; on constate le règne d’identités nationales pendant les deux derniers siècles dans le monde entier ainsi que leur importance dans la mise en place des « frontières » dans les sociétés actuelles. 

 Étant donné que les médias jouent un rôle élémentaire dans l’enjeu des représentations sociales dans le monde (donnant sens à la “réalité sociale” -entre autres par la diffusion sélective de symboles consommés dans la vie quotidienne), l’image des identités nationales dans les narrations médiatiques s’avère être d’un grand intérêt pour l’approche des identités – tout spécialement des identités nationales - dans notre monde : comment les individus et les peuples se définissent ? Quels thèmes sont considérés « importants » pour la définition et la présentation du soi dans les sociétés dites « postmodernes » ? Dans quelle mesure les « autres » sont considérés importants et qui sont-ils (dans le cadre des discours « hégémoniques »)?

La recherche sur les identités nationales est liée aux récits médiatiques et aux représentations (images et arguments) qui en sont reproduites (créant – avec d’autres institutions comme par ex. les institutions éducatives ou religieuses - le sentiment d’appartenance à une communauté) puisqu’ils offrent symboles et modèles communs aux populations, rendant l’identification nationale en une « partie déterminante » de la vie quotidienne, rapprochant les distances dues au temps ou à l’espace et indiquant l’événement considéré « remarquable » dans la sphère de la perception commune de tous les jours.

La journée d’études invite des recherches relatives à la formation des identités dans la société actuelle, tout spécialement dans le cadre des discours médiatiques. Comment les consciences (nationale, religieuse - ou autres qui peuvent paraître d’importance) sont-elles définies et par quels critères on se différencie des « autres » dans le cadre culturel mondial contemporain ?

La langue officielle de la journée d’études est le français et les résumés des propositions doivent parvenir jusqu’au 31 mars 2021 à l’adresse :

Media Narratives of the Crisis: Contemporary Representations,

Athens (Greece), November 2019

Abstract submission deadline: May 1st, 2019

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