Media and Sexual Violence

October 7 to 11, 2024

CES | Alta (Coimbra, PT) >> applications until 31 July

The ‘Media and Sexual Violence’ School is an opportunity to reflect on how we understand sexual violence from its representations in different media, from different disciplinary perspectives and from the work of community-based organisations. Its specific aim is to analyse how sexual violence is mediatised in contemporary society, and, in this sense, it will discuss practical and methodological research tools, as well as the ethical dilemmas and challenges that mark cultural productions and journalistic coverage. The School is being held as part of the UnCoveR project, the first comprehensive transdisciplinary study of sexual violence in Portuguese media landscapes. The project studies sexual violence as a phenomenon framed by notions of sexual normativity, masculinity, femininity and power dynamics, which, in contexts such as Portugal, marked by sexism, social hierarchies and colonial legacies, interact with notions of race, ethnicity, religion and nationality.

The five-day School includes lectures, seminars, workshops, a cultural programme, a roundtable, a training session and focus groups. The speakers and trainers will be members of the project team and consultants, as well as journalists, activists and professionals in the field of sexual violence.

Coordination: Júlia Garraio, Sofia José Santos, Inês Amaral, Rita Basílio Simões, Rita Alcaire

Teaching staff: Alexandre Sousa Carvalho (CES), Ana Rita Brito (AKTO), Ângelo Fernandes (Quebrar o Silêncio), Carla Cerqueira (CICANT, Universidade Lusófona), Daniela Sofia Neto (FEUC), Francisco Azevedo Mendes (Universidade do Minho), Gary Barker (Promundo/ CES), Inês Amaral (FLUC/CES), Isabel Ventura (CEMRI), Karen Boyle (University of Strathclyde), Joana Amaral Cardoso (Público), Júlia Garraio (CES), Maria João Faustino (CES), Marta Araújo (CES), Paula Cosme Pinto, Ricardo Higuera Mellado (Men Talks), Rita Alcaire (CES), Rita Almeida Carvalho (ICS), Rita Basílio Simões (FLUC/CES), Rita Santos (CES), Sérgio Pinto (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), Sílvia Roque (Universidade de Évora, CES), Sofia José Santos (FEUC/CES), Tatiana Moura (CES).

Target audience: researchers and students in the areas of Communication Studies, Journalism, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and other areas that intersect with the School's themes; activists in the struggle against sexual and gender-based violence; journalists and professionals in the areas of communication; cultural producers, managers and organisers; the general public interested in these themes.

Working language: Portuguese (and Keynote 1 in English)

Submission of applications:

Important dates:
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2024
Announcement of application results: 3 September 2024
Formalisation and payment of registration: until 15 September 2024

Registration fees:
Regular: 120 euros
Students and unemployed people: 50 euros
CES community: 70 euros
Registration includes course fees, support materials and tickets for the cultural programme  

Number of participants: Between 12 and 25     

This is a School within the framework of the projects  UnCoveR. Sexual Violence in Portuguese Mediascapes (, Dis/entangling Rape: Sexual Violence in Portuguese literature and cinema in the 21st century (, ENGAGE - Promoting gender equality and social justice through transmedia storytelling social science communication. Collaboration with the Observatório (CES), GPS-CES | Grupo de Pesquisa em Sexualidades, PhD Programme in Communication Sciences (FLUC; coordinator Rita Basílio Simões) and the Master's Degree in International Relations (FEUC; coordinator Sofia José Santos).