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Call for Proposals for the III MelCi Lab Autumn School is open

The Media Literacy and Civic Cultures Lab (MeLCi Lab) Autumn School is organising its third Autumn School on 7-10 November 2023 in the form of a bootcamp to boost research hands-on skills. The school is designed to provide PhD students and postdocs with practical knowledge of classical and cutting-edge research methods. To this end, the school embraces an interdisciplinary approach by welcoming debate from different theories and methodological integration (qualitative and quantitative). The School will bring together a group of international scholars for workshops and keynotes. Topics covered will include:

  • digital citizenship.
  • civic cultures and social networks.
  • linking big and small data methods.
  • civic cultures and artificial intelligence.
  • civic cultures and algorithmic mediation.
  • media literacy.
  • arts-based research.
  • datafication.
  • ethics research.

The School is committed to creating an inclusive space that welcomes students from underrepresented communities. At least one equity grant will be available to ensure the program is accessible to all who wish to participate. By adopting an integrative and multidisciplinary approach, the MeLCi Autumn School is well-positioned to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of research methodologies related to scientific writing and innovative approaches.

Interested PhD students and postdocs must send their application by 22nd September 2023, including:

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae (máx. 4 pages).
  • Candidate’s research statement that includes a description of their doctoral dissertation, research questions and methods (máx. 4 pages).
  • Motivation letter specifying what you bring and expect from the school (indicating explicitly what themes and sub-themes are of your particular interest) máx. 2 pages.

Send your application as a ZIP file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject “Application for the III MelCi Lab Autumn School”

Call for Proposals Deadline: 22 September 2023


  • Carla Sousa
  • Célia Quico
  • Manuel Pita
  • Maria José Brites
  • Carla Cerqueira
  • Célia Taborda
  • Teresa Sofia Castro




  1. Communicating Research: Writing, Filming, Disseminating
    1. Scientific writing (specifically for the school themes)
    2. Innovative approaches to science communication
  2. Innovative Methodologies
    1. Linking big and small data methods
    2. Arts-based research and civic participation
    3. Citizen science
    4. Social Platforms for Research


  1. Participation and Digital Citizenship
  2. Participation in the Datafied Society
  3. Artificial intelligence, and algorithmic mediation
  4. Intersectionality and Activism(s)
  5. Ethics in research

School Dates

7-10 November 2023

Target audience

PhD Students, post-docs and early career researchers (with PhD obtained in the last three years)

Maximum number of participants

20 students

Fee *

Lusófona University - PhD students and Post-doc - 70 euros

PhD students and Post-doc from other Institutions - 100 euros

Other - 150 euros 

* The best participant will not pay the fee; one Equity Scholarship to support the fee will also be awarded (more details to be published soon)



  • published 30 June 2023
  • modified 03 October 2023