Marginalized Narratives - Special Issue



The current special issue aims at promoting the study, understanding and dissemination of narrative practices, especially those connected with the phenomena occurring along cultural, media, and artistic, or other margins. It is our intention to deepen the reflection about the permanent oscillation as to the recognition and acceptance that erudite culture dedicates or withdraws to narratives. These flows of acceptance / rejection correspond to cyclical periods of history, which, by virtue of the aesthetic-cultural movements in force, predispose these products to the absorption of mass culture and popular culture.

On the other hand, these narratives have elicited (and continue to elicit) pertinent questions of cognitive scope, such as the ones related with the mechanisms of memorial support, archive, and oral transmission that provide them with unique characteristics. Ephemeral and volatile, sometimes fragmentary, their narratological patterns recall, according to the parallel that can be traced, the ephemerality, performativity and instability of the narrative formats characteristic of the new media. The critical and theoretical approach of the multiple narrative modalities – in their connection with cultural or communicative practices of a marginal or mass nature, whether in a diachronic or synchronic perspective, centered on past and present practices – confers a comprehensive and transdisciplinary interest. We welcome articles that contribute to innovate the theoretical discussion about narrative or bring new analysis of narrative in media, especially in its relationship with marginalized cultures and/or cognition.


Narratives and marginalized cultures;

New poetics and narrative structures (non-linear and multilinear models, hybridity);

Narrative in fake news, post-truth and related ethics;

Historical, social and political narratives (analysis of myths, historiographic methods, discourses of collective identity and alterity, utopias and social dystopias, etc.);

Narrative and communication;

Narrative in the cinema, videogames, interactive art, intermediate and transmedia;

Role of narrative in cognition and organization of knowledge;

Other topics relating narrative with media and/or cognition.


Deadline: 28 February 2019


Ana Isabel Soares, Sandra Boto e Maria Guilhermina Castro.


Ana Isabel Soares

Ana Isabel Soares is a Professor at Universidade do Algarve, where she has taught since 1996. She currently teaches English Literature and Film and Literature. Ana has a PhD in Literary Theory from Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa (2003, Lisbon's Faculty of Humanities) and a post-doctorate from the same Faculty on the relationship between poetry and Portuguese documentary film. She has translated books by Hans Gumbrecht into Portugueses and Portuguese poetry into English. She was also the translator, with Merja de Mattos-Parreira, of the Finnish epic Kalevala into Portuguese (Dom Quixote publishing house, 2013). Most recently, she has published and lectured on Portuguese contemporary poetry.


Sandra Boto

Sandra Boto has a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures (Portuguese Studies) from Algarve University. In 2012 she completed her PhD in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Literary Studies) at Nova University of Lisbon, with the thesis The Sources of Almeida Garrett’s Romanceiro. A Proposed Critical Edition. Her PhD research was funded by a financial grant of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. At present, she develops a post-doctorate project on Almeida Garrett’s Romanceiro. The full critical digital edition, hosted at the Center for Portuguese Literature of Coimbra University and the CIAC – Centre for Research in Arts and Communication, of Algarve University, with a financial grant of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. She’s also the PI of’s project (CIAC/UAlg). Sandra Boto is a member of the CIAC (Algarve University) and a collaborator of the CLP (Coimbra University). She has taught at Huelva University in Spain, at Algarve University, and at Barcelona’s Universitat Autònoma, where she directed the Portuguese Language Centre of the Camões Institute. Among other disciplines, she taught Portuguese as a Foreign Language, and Spanish Literature.


Maria Guilhermina Castro

Maria Guilhermina Castro is an Associate Professor at School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal. She investigates narrative and character creation at the Research Centre for Science and Technology of Arts and she researched previously on other themes of psychology of arts, romantic relationships and career guidance. These studies were published in scientific journals, books and conferences, in over 60 pieces of work. Guilhermina co-organizes the Narrative, Media and Cognition Colloquium, which she co-founded. She is co-responsible for the working group “Audiovisual Narratives” of AIM – Association of Moving Image Researchers – of which she was also Vice-president. She received both her graduation and her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Porto (Portugal) and did advanced training in Morenian Psychodrama. It is worth mentioning her acting training trough open courses at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE-IPP, Porto) and the advanced training in Psychotherapy and Career Guidance. Guilhermina was psychologist in private practice and in schools during eight years.


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