Inês Amaral

Inês Amaral
University of Coimbra | UC · Department of Philosophy, Communication and Information

PhD
Associate Professor at the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Researcher at CECS

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Introduction
Associate Professor at University of Coimbra. Researcher at CECS. PhD in Communication Sciences - Interactive Media (UMinho). Research interests: audiences and media consumption; participation and social media; media and digital literacy; digital inclusion and ageing; gender and media. Current Projects: MyGender (PTDC/COM-CSS/5947/2020), MediaTrust.Lab (PTDC/COM-JOR/3866/2020), DeCoDeM (PTDC/COM-CSS/31740/2017), SMaRT-EU (LC-01563446), VIOXMulheres19 (FCT), O género nas pandemias de ódio (FCT).
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
University of Coimbra
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2013 - August 2017
Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa Luís de Camoes
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Scientific Coordinator of the Department of Communication Sciences and Editor-in-chief of UALMedia
May 2008 - present
University of Minho
Position
  • Researcher
Education
May 2008 - February 2012
University of Minho
Field of study
  • PhD in Communication Sciences - Interactive Media
October 2004 - January 2007
University of Minho
Field of study
  • Master in Communication Sciences
September 2002 - September 2004
Portucalense University
Field of study
  • Postgrad course in Multimedia, Webdesign and Development

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Publications (208)
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This paper focuses on the appropriation of computer-mediated interaction tools, through techniques of semantic indexation, in order to understand whether there is an emergence of new forms of sociability with new practices and social relations that represent an unterritorialized thermometer of society. The empirical research developed focuses on h...
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The history of Libya is parallel to that of other once-colonized nations. Therefore, it displays economic, class, gender, religious, and ethnic inequalities. Libya gained independence from Italy in 1951. The country became The United Kingdom of Libya, a constitutional and hereditary monarchy. After the discovery of oil reserves and a large income f...
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Os media sociais e os sites de rede social têm sido um elemento chave na acção colectiva através da Internet. E introduzem novas características ao conceito de "networking" online: interacção através da acção colectiva e interacção baseada nas práticas sociais promovidas pelas novas ferramentas técnicas. Os sites de partilha de conteúdo e as redes...
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No presente artigo defendemos uma mudança para um paradigma da comunicação orientado para a sociabilização, baseado em plataformas de software social e conteúdo criado pelo utilizador comum. Pretendemos reflectir sobre o panorama das redes sociais na Internet e dos seus suportes, equacionando a emergência de uma nova sociabilidade. Assumindo que a...
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This paper debates and describes how the use of participatory methodologies were useful and flexible to engage and access the digital attitudes and practices of different generations of participants - from young people to older people - involved in two research projects in Portugal: DiCi-Educa and SMaRT-EU. The paper also describes the methodologic...
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Considering the issue of population ageing, its differences and inequalities, also in a pandemic context, this paper aims to explore intergenerational digital mediation relations and practises in Portugal. Therefore, this research departs from the following questions: (RQ1): How do Portuguese young adults interact online with family members over 65...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real-time laboratory for a technological future that Anderson, Rainie and Vogels (2021) describe as "tele-everything". Among other mediated practices, online shopping, virtual schooling, teleworking, telehealth, online workout, and even virtual parties were adopted in unprecedented ways to avoid physical contact dur...
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The social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was a challenge to the ongoing digitisation of societies. The massive use of the Internet and mobile applications has (re)configured social practices, relationships, and labour routines in unprecedented ways. Facing the challenges brought by social isolation, the uses of mobile apps have also cha...
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After facing an intense negative reaction to their accumulation of social, political and economic power and influence, several tech and social media companies rolled out ‘digital wellbeing’ tools during the second half of 2018. This article examines the technological and discursive construction of ‘digital wellbeing’ as enacted through operating sy...
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This book explores the dynamic landscape in contemporary newsrooms across three continents by investigating the impact that the processes of searching, processing, and distributing data and information and the use of big data, with secure, automatic, and agile retrieval of information all have in this context. Journalistic organizations have underg...
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The development of Design as a discipline in Portugal was slow. Therefore, only in the ‘80s, visual culture was implemented through Communication Design. Its rises were just at the beginning of the twentieth century, which constrain the identification of Communication Design as a specific field of Design, isolated from other areas of knowledge such...
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This empirical research aimed to analyze the newsroom of a newspaper as the center of operation, place of daily decision-making, and where convergence and integration actions are facilitated by using information and communication technologies (ICT). The starting point of the research is the analysis of the workflow of the newsroom at La Nación, a C...
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Within media and gender studies, while the study of women's representation is critical to attaining gender equality, the deconstruction of patriarchal structures requires examining gender portrayals in a relational sense. The inclusion of masculinities and, specifically, the way boys and men are represented in the media is essential to understandin...
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In September 2018, a controversial judicial sentence concerning sexual violence caused a public outcry in Portugal. The court decision invoked the alleged environment of mutual seduction, the use of much alcohol consumption, and the lack of serious injuries to justify the suspended penalty. Stemming from the idea that understandings of what journal...
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There are times of paradigm-breaking in journalism, either through the connections of readers' social networks, changing mass communication or through mobility and ubiquity in the use of cell phones. We certainly live unexpected moments in social communication, for those who have been on this road for a long time as well as for new professionals in...
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Este capítulo reflete sobre as condições sociais de estabelecimento da relação com a verdade que originaram o aparecimento do fenómeno da desinformação, os seus processos mediáticos e a mimetização de rotinas e práticas jornalísticas. O texto aborda as notícias falsas enquanto fe-nómeno que resulta da transformação das condições de relação com a ve...
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De Que falamos Quando Dizemos “Jornalismo”? Temas Emergentes de Pesquisa, é um título pensado deliberadamente para chamar a atenção para a diversidade de percursos e de problemas que o novo ecossistema mediático ou “capitalismo jornalístico”, como um dos contributos para este volume sugeriu baptizar de modo sugestivo, gerou. É um título em forma de...
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Online and offline realms are not detached one from the other but are rather convergent and mutually reinforcing. Over the past decade, as the so-called “digital era” emerged and expanded, expressions of misogynist beliefs started to burgeon within the online realm. On par with male misogynist individualised agency, there has also been a growth of...
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The last decade witnessed great transformations concerning the internet with the perils of disinformation becoming key concerns among political actors. Within this framework, the EU has developed efforts to approach these digital challenges taking into account the political challenges. These challenges are related with elections and trust in inform...
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Age and gender intersect within power relations dynamics from which arise social hierarchies. Ageist and patriarchal systems perform power within an institutionalization of normative gendered hierarchy, validated by the media and legitimized through the hegemonic social culture. Aging masculinities have been mainly studied in health and social scie...
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From a feminist perspective, mainstream media representations have always performed disciplinary functions. Particularly, regarding ageing women. On digital platforms, individuals would have a greater agency to perform and shape gender norms and sexual roles. However, scholarship has been expressing scepticism with the liberatory promise of the onl...
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Feminist activism has always promoted informal learning opportunities for men and women. Internet, along with ICTs, has expanded these opportunities by affording large-scale feminist mobilisation and connection. Yet, the digital environment is not only enhancing feminist campaigning but also facilitating the contexts for abusive behaviours to flour...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought considerable challenges to higher education institutions around the world. Everywhere, during the spring of 2020, students and teaching staff were sent home to implement non-presential classes, which were seen as an emergency solution for the outbreak. However, the new academic year brought a mixed approach with co...
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Over the years, the European Union (EU) has steadily tried to forge a European identity. But how successful has been the EU’s course of action? Building on the concept of European identity (and the values associated to it), this exploratory study aims to answer two main research questions: do higher education students perceive themselves as Europea...
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COVID-19 brought tremendous challenges to the world during 2020. The consequences of the pandemic are still hard to estimate. However, the socio-economic crisis that hit every nation, from major developed economies to least developed countries is transversal and quite visible. Despite the existence of various context-specific approaches, there is a...
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The relations between gender, power and politics resonate deeply in the media representation of women in the political field, normalizing models of femininity and conceptions of participation in the public sphere. Based on this assumption and using an intersectional approach anchored to a feminist perspective, this article draws on critical themati...
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The recent wave of disinformation has been posing enormous challenges to an already complex information ecosystem. People feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that is consumed every day. It is increasingly harder to navigate the sea of information in empowering forms. That is why digital and media literacies have been emphasized as key too...
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The knowledge society is currently characterized by an intrinsic disorder caused by several kinds of wrong or misused information. It is increasingly difficult for both students and professors to safely navigate in this highly complex ecosystem, that was transformed by the rise of new players and practices, as well as new mechanisms of participatio...
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Media and social media perform a pivotal role in the construction of social reality and shared meaning. As social representations, gender and age identities are included in those dynamics, per se and interacting with each other. This article aims to analyse the complexity, non-linearity and hybridity of representations of men and age within today’s...
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Gender identities and roles do not stand alone but rather evolve while intersecting with other traits, namely age, resulting in cross and hybrid (gender and age) identities. Media are one of the pivotal formative spaces where audiences learn role models and the way they should express and behave: Therefore, media environments influence the way one...
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This paper aims to theoretically explore and discuss intergenerational perspectives on audience studies, shedding light on trends and invisibilities. Literature on the topic has been especially concerned either with interactions between children and young people, or among themselves and with other age groups, or with elders’ engagement. This paper...
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Journalism education, as we know it, has its roots in the United States, during the late 19th century, when some universities started to discuss how journalism should be taught. Throughout the 20th century, journalism education became widespread through higher education institutions around the world. However, teaching aspiring journalists still pla...
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Community media have been used for empowering fragile or at-risk groups for decades. Radio has a long tradition in this field, precisely for its capabilities for overcoming distances and lack of instruction, as well as for its easiness of use. Participatory radios are produced exclusively by the community and for the community. Since the advent of...
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As problemáticas inerentes às dinâmicas de produção, distribuição e consumo de informação de teor noticioso têm sido alvo, nos últimos anos, de inúmeros estudos académicos. Salienta-se, porém, a especial relevância, no presente, de haver uma maior produção científica em matérias que se dediquem a compreender e a analisar os novos panoramas mediátic...
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The evolution of Portuguese civil society after the post-revolution period (1974) is framed in a normalization of the concept of democracy, significantly reducing civic participation. In a period of severe austerity (2011‒14), civic and social movements emerged strongly in Portuguese society and organized protests throughout the country and abroad....
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Social Media Marketing is the best defined in the context of the previous industrial media paradigm (Zarrella, 2010). With the democratization of internet access and the popularization of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, our ways of communicating and relating to both people and brands have changed a lot. New ways and platfor...
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This paper is focused on gender, media and information and communication technologies (ICTs). Through the analysis of relevant policy documents about the media, the access to and use of ICTs adopted by European institutional players in the last twenty years, we identify and discuss the presence of gender-focused principles and the media dimensions...
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The experience with space is achieved through projects developed according to a design perspective. In addition to collaborating on the creation of spatial narratives by promoting the experience, the design also acts in the sense of enhancing accessibility in both the physical and cognitive domain. Wayfinding systems as well as informational techno...
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The nation of Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, is a former Portuguese colony located on an archipelago on the west coast of Africa. Among African nations, it ranks highly on indices of development, literacy, and freedom of the press. Although the development of the media in Cape Verde has been limited, the country has seen major advances in ca...
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The Internet and new technologies may represent a chance for social inclusion, empowerment, and improvement of the quality in the lives of many citizens. However, demographic and sociocultural differences often push senior citizens toward social and digital exclusion. The digital divide is particularly pronounced when it refers to citizens 60 years...
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Cyberculture is an umbrella term for the emergent and evolving forms of engagement with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and the vast array of virtual environments, digital networks, devices, interfaces, formats, and software known as cyberspace. The concept of cyberculture defines all the social-communicational space that is created through compu...
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The media ecosystem has evolved towards a hybrid ecology where social networks form (inter) active consumers who develop new practices and relationships with brands in a collaborative logic, which represents the era of Communication 3.0. Higher education institutions deal with these issues by addressing an audience that is permanently connected thr...
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Historically, media were mostly considered as a means of reinforcement of the generational gap, commonly in a family context. However, the intergenerational gap has been diminishing over time (Bolin and Skogerbø, 2013), and the digital era is contributing to bridge the generational divide. Antonija Čuvalo and Zrinjka Peruško (2017) discern media re...
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A teoria de McLuhan a propósito dos novos meios centrava-se na ideia de que estes expandiriam os cinco sentidos humanos, permitindo novas perceções através de novos modos de comunicar (Subtil, 2006). O comportamento das diferentes gerações está a ser progressivamente alterado com a introdução das tecnologias da comunicação e informação (TIC) no con...
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Internet y las redes sociales han cambiado significativamente la forma en que se produce y distribuye la información. La inmediatez que se asocia a las redes sociales junto con su capacidad de acceso global dentro del contexto específico del periodismo de proximidad sitúa a dichas redes sociales, como una herramienta fundamental a la hora de llevar...
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The use of Facebook by higher education institutions is currently a necessity for them to be visible to their target audiences and increase the level of recruitment of new students. This article analyses the use of Facebook by Portuguese universities as a tool for institutional communication by studying the visibility on Facebook of the Portuguese...
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This article aims to show the joint work carried out by a multidisciplinary group of professors and students from 3 universities in the field of educational innovation. In an academic environment where students are more digital than ever today, it is a priority to start working from a pedagogical perspective that builds on new technologies. From an...
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O contexto social marcado pela cultura de convergência mediática, em conjunto com a proliferação dos dispositivos digitais ligados à internet e a sua penetração junto da população conferiram relevância, mais do que nunca, à cultura mediática e visual. Meios digitais e imagens conduziram aos estudos das práticas de consumidores e produtores de image...
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In the last few years people changed from going online to being online. While being permanently connected, people's behaviors and beliefs have been changing. Internet enabled new forms of production and consumption nurturing a new hybrid media ecology. Today, the new receiver (both producer and consumer) interacts with people, institutions and bran...
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The current European sociodemographic context has brought attention to the problems relating the future of the elderly people. In response to this demographic trend, there is an urgent need for political, educational, and social programs that foster preventive and proactive measures that may benefit from the fact that the future elderly population...
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Las presentaciones para el nuevo número de la Revista Interações publicadas por el Instituto Superior Miguel Torga están abiertas. La revista publica trabajos inéditos que presentan resultados de investigación y / o reflexión teórica en los diferentes campos de las Ciencias Sociales y Humanas. En una perspectiva editorial interdisciplinaria, el obj...
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Submissions for the new issue of the Interações Journal published by Instituto Superior Miguel are now open. The journal welcomes original articles that present research results and/or theoretical reflection in the different fields of Social and Human Sciences. From an interdisciplinary editorial perspective, Interações' primary objective is to fos...
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Estão abertas as submissões para o novo número da Revista Interações publicada pelo Instituto Superior Miguel Torga. A revista publica trabalhos inéditos que apresentem resultados de investigação e/ou reflexão teórica nos diferentes campos das Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Numa perspectiva editorial interdisciplinar, o objetivo prioritário da Interaç...
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The journal Social Studies is announcing a call for papers for a monothematic issue with a working title Media representations and narratives of masculinities across Europe. The editors of the issue are Inês Amaral and Sofia José Santos (University of Coimbra). This special issue aims to bring together critical analysis focusing on media representa...
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Diferentes padrões de comunicação (on-line e off-line) podem influenciar os indivíduos a terem comportamentos específicos em relação à participação cívica e à adesão a movimentos sociais de diferentes âmbitos e campos ideológicos. Como os públicos têm a oportunidade de canalizar as suas ideias através de com-portamentos na Internet a literatura ger...
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This communication aims to show the joint work carried out by a multidisciplinary group of professors and students from 3 universities in the field of educational innovation. The work is circumscribed within an international Teaching Innovation Project (PIE) granted by the Educational Advisory Service (SAE) of the UPV / EHU in the last call of the...
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Social representations stem from wider processes of socialization within which the media perform a simultaneously reflective and co-constitutive role. Embedded in society, mainstream media discourses tend to legitimize and convey social representations in line with hegemonic ideologies. By doing so, mainstream media shed light on what are considere...
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A special issue of Medijske studije / Media Studies Journal to be published in January 2020, MS Vol. 10 (2019) 20 Edited by Maria José Brites (Lusófona University of Porto) Inês Amaral (University of Coimbra) Antonija Čuvalo (University of Zagreb) Media generational identities are culturally, socially, economically and historically shaped. A s...
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This paper focuses on a preliminary literature review on media and generations. We focus on the definitions of generations and media contexts and specifically in relation to digital contexts. The digital society and the way the different generations establish their interaction with media are complex than ever and closely related with (increasing di...
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In the age of media consumption, digital platforms are part of everyday life and are transforming audiences' practices (Nielsen, 2014). The patterns of media consumption are increasingly cross-media (Schrøder, 2015). Specially, regarding the younger generations, studies document that they express particular behaviors due to the penetration of digit...
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This paper considers the early stage results of the Media In Action project, particularly related with these two questions: What reflections arise when we consider digital storytelling in the context of the news processes in the training of teachers who work with children and young people? What are the most appropriate processes for such training,...
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Assumindo como cenário um ecossistema mediático híbrido, este capítulo aborda a imagem na era da cultura digital e a sua apropriação para propagar desinformação online e reconstruir a realidade em narrativas alternativas. Atendendo à multiplicidade de ecrãs, refletimos sobre o papel que a literacia visual e a competência visual têm para promover o...