IMCI Speaker Series - Professor Muniz Sodré

LDN.3.23, Loughborough University London

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The Science of the Commons: Proposing a new mode of comprehending communication

Organised by the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, the Speaker Series will bring together researchers from across a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in order to address timely and pertinent questions in media and the creative industries.

About the Event

The Science of the Commons: Proposing a new mode of comprehending communication

The lecture will be based on Prof. Muniz Sodré’s book The Science of the Commons. In this book, Prof. Sodré proposes a new mode of comprehending communication.

Book abstract:

Leaving aside a sociological and linguistic model that defines communication as a process of information transmission, the book introduces an innovative ethical-political understanding of communication as a connection of the common, the cohesive tie of the community. Muniz Sodré critiques the weak ethical and political aspirations of the field of communication and suggests the construction of a ‘post-disciplinary’ science, set against the classic disciplines of sociology, anthropology and economics, which resists a global ideology of financialization. Moving the field of communication beyond media studies to a philosophical reflection on the roots of the community, The Science of the Commons is a ground-breaking book that offers fresh perspectives for the study of communication worldwide.

About the Speaker

Professor Emeritus Muniz Sodré is a leading public intellectual in Brazil. He has a B.A. in Law from Universidade Federal da Bahia (1964), a Masters in Sociology, Information and Communication from Université de Paris II (Paris-Sorbonne) (1967) and a Doctorate in Brazilian Language and Literature (Literature Science) from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1978). Associate Communications Professor at UFF. Presently a Professor Emeritus at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Former Chairman of the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, (National Library Foundation), under the jurisdiction of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. Prof. Sodré is author of over 30 published books in Communications and Culture, and has also written novels and short-stories.

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