Do Acontecimento

Moisés de Lemos Martins

Do Acontecimento

© Carlos Lança

May

1818.30hTer

RIVOLISmall Auditorium

Conference
Conferences – Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Price Free entrance
Age >6 
At a time of calculation, rules and prevention all of a sudden emerges the unexpected, something that disrupts the course of events and threatens the flow of life. In a sort of paradox, the more one anticipates the accident, the more catastrophic and unmanageable it is when it occurs. It is understandable that in this respect the notion of Event, contingent and unpredictable, has been gaining ground to account for forces that exceed historical forms, either coming from Nature, like a catastrophe, or from within the history we make, widespread as a fire or an epidemic. There’s a certain amount of panic in the face of excessive force and the weakness of forms, even if a considerable part of human culture has been based on the wait for a decisive event, a revolution, through which peace or justice may triumph once and for all. Some bare witness to it, others announce it, and others lose all hope tired of waiting. Only art, thought and technique are able to respond to the Event and create the labyrinth where—much like the ancient Minotaur—we can be close to it and its power without the illusion of cancelling or controlling it.

MOISÉS DE LEMOS MARTINS is a professor at the Communication Sciences Department of the University of Minho and runs the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), which he founded in 2001. He has a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Strasbourg. He has published works in the fields of sociology of culture, social semiotics, sociology of communication, visual semiotics, intercultural communication and Portuguese-speaking studies. He headed the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Minho for ten years — from 1996 to 2000, and from 2004 to 2010. He is the director of the jour-nals Comunicação e Sociedade and Revista Lusó-fona de Estudos Culturais (RLEC).He presided over Sopcom – Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences (2005 – 2015), Lusocom – Federation of Portuguese-Speaking Communication Sciences Associations (2011 – 2015) and Confibercom – Ibero-American Confederation of Scientific and Academic Communication Asso-ciations (2012 – 2015). In 2016, the University of Minho granted him the Scientific Merit Award.
 

May

1818.30hTer

RIVOLISmall Auditorium

Conference
Conferences – Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Price Free entrance
Age >6