The debate on the relation between communication and social transformations has deep roots in the History of social thinking. However, the developments of the last decades have considerably enlarged the importance of such discussion.
Today we experience deep changes both in our world and in our lives, on an unprecedented scale and velocity. From economics to politics, from technology to culture or organizations, from our habits to the ways in which we relate to others, all the domains of social life are marked by fundamental changes.
In its diverse forms, the anthropological reality of communication lies at the core of either individual or social experiences. It has been acquiring an essential status while being instrumentalized in increasingly sophisticated technologies that have operated radical transformations in its own nature and, consequently, in the social instances that it crosses.
On the one hand, communication appears as the catalyst of all transformations, equally enhanced by remarkable technological developments with visible impacts on contemporary societies. On the other hand, the countless forms of communication (informational, political, strategic, cultural, aesthetic, etc.) are themselves, in their practices and principles, response and consequence, cause and effect of the transformations of the world in which they coexist.
In this context, thinking over communication and social transformations, in their various dimensions, is one of the most interesting and complex challenges of contemporary societies. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the academic and scientific community to pursue this mission. This is the task that the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences sets itself as the theme for its 9th Congress.


Working Groups

Information Science

Communication and Education

Communication and Politics

Institutional and Organizational Communication

Economics and Communication Policies

Film Studies

Television Studies

Journalism and Society

Advertising and Communication

Radio and Sound Media



Visual Culture

Gender and Types of Sexuality

Democracy, Journalism and Corruption