The Media Narratives and Cultural Memory (MNCM) group investigates how established and emerging media forms (re)create and disseminate narratives that simplify social, political and cultural phenomena, impacting on the process of meaning-making among different publics.

Research conducted within the group adopts a transnational, transcultural, and transmedia approach, investigating how our perception of the past is the result of mediation processes and how our understanding of the present is informed by media narratives that allow the past to be made present and shape our perceptions of contemporary events.

Researchers of the MNCM group have been involved in projects dealing with the role played by the media in promoting and countering transnational identities and transcultural memories, namely the project Connecting the Wireless World: writing global radio history, funded by Leverhulme; the COST Action NEP4DISSENT- Research on East European Cultures of Dissent; and the project Entangled Media Histories, funded by the Swedish Foundation STINT. They have also been investigating how change within media systems alter the processes of narrative creation and dissemination within and through the media. As an example, CECC was a partner of the H2020 project COMPACT–Social Media and Convergence, which aimed to increase awareness on how social media and convergence are altering the way individuals access and make sense of news and other media narratives.

In the 2018-22 period, particular attention was given to the development of research training activities. 2019 saw the launch of the Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication, organized in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication-University of Pennsylvania, the Tampere University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The School will annually bring together doctoral students and senior researchers to debate, in a global setting, methodologies and theories that shall advance research on media narratives and memory.


The research team:


Nelson Ribeiro 
Catarina Duff Burnay
Catarina Valdigem
Cláudia Freire
Eduardo Cintra Torres
Ester Minga
Filipa Oliveira
Filipe Resende
Gaspare Trapani
Inês Rebanda Coelho
Inês Espada Vieira
Inês Vazão Miguel
Ioli Campos
Isadora Fonseca
Jessica Roberts
João Simão
José Miguel Sardica
Lungile Tshuma
Manuel Carvalho Coutinho
Mariana Victorino
Michael Baum
Naíde Müller
Nuno Brandão
Nuno Conde
Patrícia Tavares
Rita Curvelo
Rita Figueiras
Rogério Santos
Rui Braz
Shenglan Zhou

Collaborating researchers

António Estevão
Camila Arêas
Gonçalo Rosa
Tarik Al-Hassan

PhD students 

Ana Lúcia Carvalho
Bing Ni
Cleber Mendes
Hassan Rouhvand
Inês Fernandes
Inês Silva
Jason Baguia
Juliano Moreira
Filipe Coelho
Luís Pedro Rodrigues
Malaz Elnaiem
Miriam Thaler
Monerica Arnuco
Paulo Monteiro
Paulo Teixeira
Pedro Santos
Pedro Rodrigues
Raquel Trindade
Raya Khachatryan
Rita Salvado Ferreira
Sádiya Munir