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AAC Conference : "The Sociocultural Frontiers of Journalism in Brazil and in Francophone space", São Paulo, Brazil, November 12-13, 2018

Date limite : 30 mai 2018

Historically, journalism has always nourished on neighboring spaces, such as literature, the fine arts and the social sciences1. This relationship goes back to the very "birth" of journalism, marked by a flow of actors, practices and even epistemologies from different backgrounds. Yet this relationship has not disappeared despite the current automatization of journalism. In fact, journalism continues to borrow from this intellectual inheritance of which it is made. Diachronic research2 shows that journalism often changes in conjunction with other sociocultural practices, adopting common innovations, sharing conventions, and having a regular influence on other fields over time. In a way, the history of journalism intersects with the history of literature, the arts, the social sciences, cinema, etc.
In some cases, these exchanges may give rise to new segments situated in the gap between two sociocultural practices, enjoying an autonomous set of conventions, distinct forms of content production and diffusion, and specific audiences3. The case that best illustrates this is literary journalism, a practice shared between journalists and writers that, throughout the 20th century, developed specific forms of production and narration of the themes in society, using literary fiction techniques and journalistic reporting. Yet there are more contemporary segments, such as web docs and new formats of storytelling, in which the languages of journalism, cinema and the arts merge and form a new practice located at the interface of these social worlds. Something similar happens in the relationship between journalism and the social sciences where exchanges between journalists and academicsare directed at specific audiences. This is what happens with vehicles of media criticism where the sociological practice of critical reading of the media is reappropriated from journalistic language.
Some segments, such as literary journalism, are so widespread and established in society that they are able to claim a kind of disciplinary autonomy4. Others may have a more ephemeral or restricted existence, but they do not fail to produce long-term effects on the renewal of practices in journalism and literature. This is true with adopting ‘making of’ techniques in journalistic and literary narratives5 or the role of the experiments produced in cultural books of modernization of Brazilian journalism in the 1960s and 1970s 6. Therefore, studying the socio-cultural boundaries of journalism requires one to reflect on the dynamics of transformation, diversification and cooperation between journalists and other social spaces. This theme, so dear to the Brazilian, French and Belgian community of researchers, will be debated at the 1st Brazil-France-Belgium Francophone Colloquium on Journalism Studies, organized by SBPJor, in partnership with GIS-Journalisme and the ReSIC-Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Proposals may be submitted by communication researchers from the three countries who are interested in discussing one of the five research axes described below :
1) The cross-influences between journalism and other cultural practices throughout history. This axis prioritizes works that show the moments of sharing and exchanging conventions between journalism, literature, cinema and plastic arts, and their effects on the constitution and transformation of these practices. Papers that also analyze the circulation of these conventions between Brazil, France and Belgium are also welcome.
2) Emerging segments of journalism constituted in the gap between different cultural practices (ex : web docs, mooks etc.). The aim of this axis is to understand how the cooperation between journalism, literature, arts, social sciences, and other fields can lead to the development of new practices (often seen only from the point of view of technological innovation).
3) The modalities of collaboration between journalists and actors from other cultural segments. In this axis, we start with the concept of journalism as a collective practice where journalists depend on the collaboration with other actors to produce and disseminate information. More specifically, we would like to discuss the role of actors from other spheres of culture production (designers, illustrators, writers) in journalistic activity, including the conventional forms of cooperation they establish with journalists in activities such as computer graphics, data journalism, cultural supplements, etc.
4) Hybrid statutes. This axis adopts a professional sociology viewpoint when analyzing the emergence and processes of negotiation identity for actors located on the border of journalism and other cultural activities, such as journalist-writers and writer-journalists, journalist-filmmakers and filmmaker- journalists, journalist-painters and painter-journalists.
5) Bridges with other fields of knowledge. This axis intends to discuss theoretical, methodological and practical proposals between journalism and other fields of knowledge, such as sociology, ethnography, anthropology and psychology, among others. In a context of complex thinking, attempting to understand facts often demands partnerships with other contributions and specialists, whether in the productive sphere, as in the case of literary journalism, or in journalism research.

Those interested are invited to submit an abstract in English of up to 1,000 words in via SBPJor’s Open Conference System :

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