Narrative and Audiovisual Creation - Special Issue



In the last decades, narratives, as symbolic tools for keeping, fixing and sharing ideas and experiences, have undergone deep transformations. The diversity of narrative supports, the technological tools being employed, and even the deep changes affecting the late modern societies have caused transformations in the classical and linear narrative paradigm.

Not only in cinema, but also in TV, videogames and other media, we are witnessing an intensive use of increasingly complex narratives, based on hypermediatic, rhizomatic, modular, branching and fragmented narratives, and its constant presence in the public and private space, including the pervasiveness of transmedia and interactive proposals.

In this special edition of the CITAR Journal, we aim to study the audiovisual narrative - specially experimental and nonclassical narratives - in close dialogue with creations of contemporary cinema, TV, cinematic art, videogames, animation, audiovisual advertising, interactive installations, location games and other expressive uses of the moving image.


  • Ontology, poetics and conceptual approaches
  • New narrative forms in audiovisual media
  • Narratives in different media
  • The future of audiovisual narratives
  • Structures of the narrative
  • Narrative creation and reception processes
  • Narrative aesthetics (trends, styles, genres…)
  • Technological approaches to narrative
  • Cultural analysis of audiovisual narratives


December, 31 2016


Maria Guilhermina Castro


Maria Guilhermina Castro, Carlos Sena Caires, Daniel Ribas & Jorge Palinhos 

Maria Guilhermina Castro

Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Maria Guilhermina Castro 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 – Porto (ESMAE). Since 1998 she teaches at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal, where she also coordinates the research project “Audiovisual Narrative and Creation”. The processes of narrative and character creation, as well as the arts-based learning are subjects of her current research, while previously she has written psychology books and presented several papers works about other themes of psychology of arts, romantic relationships and career guidance. Guilhermina is Vice-president of AIM - Portuguese Association of Moving Image Researchers - and co-responsible for the working group “Audiovisual Narratives” of this association. She also did advanced training in Psychotherapy and Career Guidance and she was psychologist in private practice and schools.


Carlos Sena Caires 

Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Carlos Sena Caires has a doctorate in Aesthetics, Science and Technology of the Arts from the University of Paris 8 (France). He is an assistant teacher at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal since 2014, and a senior researcher at the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR). From 2011 to 2016 he coordinates the master degree program in Sound and Image and the digital design post-graduation. From 2010 to 2013, he was the chief-editor of the CITAR Journal and since 2010 he coordinates the CITAR research group of Digital Creativity. As a researcher, whose main field study regards digital interactive arts, he specialized himself in interactive filmic narratives.


Daniel Ribas

Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Daniel Ribas is invited assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and at the Catholic University of Portugal, in the field of film studies. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies (University of Aveiro and University of Minho), with a thesis on national identity in the films of João Canijo. He has written several articles and book chapters, especially on contemporary Portuguese cinema. Founding member and President of AIM – Portuguese Association of Moving Image Researchers and, for several years, also board member of the Portuguese Association of Screenwriters. He graduated in Sound and Image (specialized in screenwriting) at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal and he also has a career as a screenwriter. He is film programmer at Curtas Vila do Conde and Porto/Post/Doc Festivals, and editor of Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image and Drama – cinema and theatre magazine.


Jorge Palinhos

Arnaldo Araújo Research Centre, Communication and Society Research Centre, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança

Jorge Palinhos is a playwright and researcher. Has a degree on Modern Languages and Literatures by the Faculty of Letters of Porto and a Master in Terminology and Translation at the same university. He has written and worked for theatre since 2003, and several of his plays have been presented and distinguished in Portugal and abroad. He studied dramaturgy with Guillermo Heras, Hans-Thiers Lehmann, Jean-Pierre Sarrazac, Mick Gordon, Michael Bradford, Andrea Thome, Jose Sanchis Sinisterra, Neil LaBute, Raimondo Cortese, Thomas Bakk, Linda Seger, Goran Radovanovic, Ahmed Boulane, Paulo Filipe Monteiro and Vergílio de Almeida. He co-edits the journal Drama, published by the Portuguese Association of Screenwriters and Scriptwriters and he is a member of the scientific commission of the journal Persona. He has also published with Sinais de Cena, P3, Grande Porto e Porto24. He has published articles in several journals and presented papers in several conferences. Currently he has received funding from FCT to develop research on Contemporary Drama and teaches Theatre in the University of Arts of Porto and Game Design in Polytechnics Institute of Bragança.