Presentation of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony on the Google, Arts & Culture platform

The presentation ceremony of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony on the Google, Arts & Culture platform will take place on September 4, at 9 pm, at the Nogueira da Silva Museum, in the center of Braga. The ceremony will be broadcast on digital platforms.

The event was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, the Dean of the University of Minho, Rui Vieira de Castro, the representative of Google Arts & Culture, Helena Martins, and the Director of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony, Moisés de Lemos Martins.

The Virtual Museum of Lusophony is one of the cultural platforms of the Center for Communication and Society Studies (CECS) and seeks to promote academic cooperation, in science, teaching and the arts, in the space of Portuguese-speaking countries and their diasporas. As a virtual platform, this project also aims to be a mechanism that invites the active participation of citizens in making records available, in commenting on the ‘works’ preserved in the museum, in the (re) construction of collective memory.

Google Arts & Culture is a nonprofit initiative that works with cultural institutions and artists around the world. The mission of this platform is to preserve and put the art and culture of the world online, so that it is accessible to anyone, anywhere.

The presentation ceremony will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony, as well as on the Facebook of this museum and the CECS.

“Summer with Science” initiative has two summer schools under the project

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Summer With Science” contest was created through the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the General Directorate of Higher Education (DGES) for oriented support to Summer Schools in Polytechnics and Universities. The activities are within the scope of the development of innovative solutions associated with the Economic and Social Stabilization Program (PEES). Two projects sent by researchers from the Cultures Past & Present project were contemplated: Africas: mobility, violence, memory, and creativity, coordinated by professor João Sarmento, and Communication and Culture for Development, coordinated by researcher Lurdes Macedo, both from the Center for Studies in Communication and Society (CECS / UMinho).

This support, financed by FCT and DGES, offers scholarships and integrated R&D training plans to encourage classroom activities by students, teachers and researchers. In total there are 25 students selected for a research scholarship with activities until October.

Africas summer school: mobility, violence, memory and creativity

Africas intends to stimulate a multidisciplinary look from the social sciences, humanities, and arts too, on and from the African continent, and to provide specific training on this territory. The objectives are the training of students for critical thinking, and strategies, methods, objects, and research topics. Knowledge and skills are developed to enable the design and continuation of an autonomous research project, allowing candidates to acquire skills in research, analysis, interpretation, and criticism of sources, mainly from digital archives and resources. present at the university and at the research center. The training course has three blocks held in the months of July, August, and September. More information here.

Summer School in Communication and Culture for Development

The problematization of the social functions of communication and culture in a post-industrial world will provide fertile ground for further reflection on the practices undertaken in strategic planning projects for development. Communication and culture can be used at various levels in these contexts, most of the time, more for their instrumental nature than for their transformative nature in the face of intervention processes and change objectives. The same is to say that the effects of persuasion are far more explored than the virtues of training when planning the social functions of communication and culture in development projects. In fact, both in the North and in the South, great communication and cultural programming campaigns are privileged with persuasive objectives with traditional communities or excluded from the communication and power circuits, with a view to their behavioral change, to the detriment of the use of techniques capable of involving and committing these communities to build their future. Experiences and critical reflections on this type of intervention will be shared by several of the trainers of the seminars of this Summer School.