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Structure and Governing Bodies


CICANT is integrated in a solid and multidisciplinary structure capable of actively supporting both the attraction and the development of research activities and the promotion of innovation, the M&ACKT - Media and Arts Centre for Knowledge Transfer.

M&ACKT has four main lines of intervention:

  1. International academic offer (management of international study cycles and in partnership with European funds);
  2. Management of R&D and other type of projects in collaboration with academia, industry and key playerss;
  3. Extension and innovation with the promotion of industry liaison activities;
  4. Strengthening the impact and notoriety of R&D activities.

CICANT distinguishes itself through both solid theoretical work and rigorous applied research at the cross-section of media, society, literacies, arts, culture and technologies. Critical to our research mission are knowledge creation activities that are oriented towards expanded research on two main subject areas. In CICANT those areas are organised in Research and Learning Communities (ReLeCo).

  • The research group on Media, Society and Literacies (MSL) focuses on advancing the state of the art in Communication Sciences with theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions. The group has a proven research record on audience and reception studies, with emphasis on children/youth digital culture and activism. The MSL has strong connections both with the MA program on Media and Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship, and with two PhD programmes (Communication and Activisms and Communication Studies).
  • The research group on Media Arts, Creative Industries and Technologies (MACIT) is focused on the socio-cultural and artistic uses of media technologies (photographic, cinematographic and sonic) at the intersection with the creative industries, both from a historical and contemporary perspective. The group has a robust research in the field and fosters a media practice-based artistic research in areas such as cultural heritage and digital humanities, immersive media, sound studies, as well as game-based learning and software development.
  • Although the integration in both ReLeCos is possible, all researchers agree to adopt only one when it suits them. This will intensify and better scope their work at the Centre. At the moment this is the number of researchers in each:

Complementary, CICANT also integrates 3 Labs:

  • MovLab – Laboratory of Technologies for Interactions and Interfaces
  • Early Visual Media Lab
  • MeLCi Lab - Media Literacy and Civic Cultures Lab

Each of these laboratories is responsible for organising initiatives within the framework of the efforts that are developed internally, always with the premise of involving PhD students and, whenever possible, Master's students.

As for Governing Bodies, CICANT is rooted in the following governance structures:

General Assembly

CICANT's General Assembly is formed by all integrated researchers and is directed by a board composed of a President and a secretary.

The President is elected by direct ballot at the time of the general elections for the bodies of CICANT. The Secretary of this body is elected at the first ordinary meeting by the members of the General Assembly.

This body is responsible for appreciating and deliberating on the accession of new researchers, appreciating and deliberating on research plans and annual activities, issuing an opinion on activity reports, as well as issuing others that may be requested by the other bodies.

For the triennium 2019- 2022 were elected to the Board of the General Assembly:

Board of Director’s

The Board is composed of three integrated researchers of CICANT, elected by their peers and ratified at the General Assembly.

This body is responsible for planning, monitoring, stimulating and day-to-day management of the research activities of the Centre, as well as ensuring compliance with the contractual, financial and legal obligations associated with CICANT.

For the triennium 2019- 2022 were elected to the Board


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