Dr. Amanda Paz Alencar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specializes in media and migration and intercultural…
Dr. Amanda Paz Alencar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specializes in media and migration and intercultural communication. Amanda received her Ph.D. in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2012. After completion of her degree she was awarded a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship, a prestigious grant from the European Commission (Amount: 183,463,00 €), to conduct her research project entitled ‘TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration' at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. This research worked towards a comprehensive and an integrated approach to the role of media technologies in the integration processes of new economic and refugee migrants in the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and Brazil, both at structural and sociocultural levels. She has also been involved in various (international) research projects on intercultural media production in Europe and South America, the effects of narrative messages on the acculturation processes of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, and the use of collaborative digital games to foster intercultural integration at Dutch schools, among others. These projects and collaborations have resulted in several articles and book chapters published in major international, peer-reviewed academic journals and editorials *(*e.g. Communication Research, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism, European Journal of Communication; Cambridge University Press; Palgrave MacMillan).
In addition to her research, Amanda serves as a reviewer for several interdisciplinary journals (such as Communications, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Open Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, Journalism, European Journal of Communication, Global Networks, etc.), conferences (ICA, ECREA, IAMCR), and grants (Expert Reviewer of the Marie Sklodowska-CurieMSCA – European Commission – H2020). She’s also board member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Galician Association of Communication (AGACOM), and a former member of the Editorial Board of the International Yearbook of Lusophone Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela. At the same time, she has extensive experience in organizing international conferences, workshops and symposia in different countries. The last two conferences on the role of media and communications in (forced) migrations she hosted in Rotterdam (September 2017) and at the 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague (May 2018) brought together scholars from disciplines such as media, intercultural and organizational communication, journalism, political communication and sociology to reflect on the different variables encompassing migrant acculturation and cultural identity processes. The papers presented in both conferences will be published in two special issues she is now co-editing in the (open-access) peer-reviewed journals ‘International Communication Gazette’ and ‘Media & Communication’.
Over the years, Amanda has also been invited to be a keynote speaker in events for academics (Gunma University, Tokyo; Maastricht University; University of Amsterdam; University of Santiago de Compostela, etc.), policy and NGOs (European Commission, Brussels; Argentinian Embassy in The Hague; Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice; Stockholm International Peace Research Institute -SIPRI, Sweden). Finally, Amanda’s trajectory as a researcher has been guided by great independence and innovation. She has managed to establish relevant research collaborations with migrant and intercultural professional organizations, local municipalities and stakeholders working with immigrant integration processes in several countries in Europe and South America.
A. Paz Alencar (2014). TV News for Promoting Interculturalism. A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration. In F.U. Gomez & J.S. Sanchez (Eds.), Miscelania sobre el entorno audiovisual en 2014 (pp. 513-532). Madrid, Spain: Editorial Fragua
A. Paz Alencar (2016). TV News for Promoting Interculturalism: A Novel Step towards Immigrant Integration. (Intern rapport, no 327228). Brussels: European Commission
T. de la Hera Conde-Pumpido & A. Paz Alencar (2016). Using Collaborative Digital Games to Foster Intercultural Interaction. In In Proceedings DiGRA/FDG Conference 2016. Dundee, Scotland: Abertay University
A. Paz Alencar (2017, januari 18). Refugee Integration and Social Media. A local and experiential perspective. UNU-MERIT School of Governance, Maastricht University, Invited speaker in the 'Seminar lecture series' (Master programme).
A. Paz Alencar (2017, januari 30). Conducting qualitative analysis in the context of media and migration research. Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands., Guest lecturer in the Methods Course for the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme.
A. Paz Alencar (2016, maart 18). The relationship between (news) media, in, and acculturation processes: the mediating role of multicultural identities. Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam, Invited speaker for the RMeS Research Master course Trending Topics.
A. Paz Alencar (2016, januari 15). News Media and Acculturation of New Immigrants. Erasmus University Rotterdam., Invited speaker in the Dean’s Master Class on the theme “Migration”. Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.
A. Paz Alencar (2014, oktober 14). The use of UGC in journalism routines to cover conflicts in Syria. Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands., Guest speaker in the BA in Political Communication and Journalism.
A. Paz Alencar (2014, oktober 24). Closure of the Forum Cinema of Small Nations, Film Literacy and New Audiences. University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain., Forum Cinema of Small Nations, Film Literacy and New Audiences.
A. Paz Alencar (2014, oktober 23). Media & Migrant Integration. IOMA, EMCEMO, the Netherlands, 23 oktober: de arbeidsmarkt in Amsterdam en de positie van de allochtone jongeren: HTIB, Transnational Migrant Platform.
A. Paz Alencar (2014, december 16). TVNPI: Learning with the News Online Tool. European Commission, Brussels, Share & Inspire: Digital platforms for Social Innovation. CAPS Conference Day.
A. Paz Alencar & M. Deuze (2016). News for Assimilation or Integration? Examining the Roles of the News Media in Shaping Acculturation Experiences of New Economic and Refugee Immigrants in the Netherlands and Spain. International Communication Association: Fukuoka, Japan (2016, juni 9 - 2016, juni 13).
A. Paz Alencar & M. Deuze (2016). Examining the Roles of the News Media in Shaping Acculturation Experiences of New Economic and Refugee Immigrants in the Netherlands and Spain. Paper presented at ETMAAL: Amsterdam (2016, februari 4 - 2016, februari 5).
M. Wojcieszak, R. Azrout & A. Paz Alencar (2016). Subtle visual in-group cues make people more favorable toward controversial sociopolitical messages above and beyond source similarity effect. Paper presented at the International Communication Association: Fukuoka, Japan (2016, juni 9 - 2016, juni 13).
A. Paz Alencar & N. Alonso (2015). The integration of television and social media: an analysis of interactive models developed by Brazilian and Spanish television news programs. Poster presented at ETMAAL: Antwerp (2015, maart 2 - 2015, maart 3).
A. Paz Alencar & S. Kruikemeier (2015). Audiovisual Infotainment in Dutch, Spanish and Irish television News Programs: A Comparative Content Analysis. Paper presented at ETMAAL 2015: Antwerp (2015, maart 2 - 2015, maart 3).
A. Paz Alencar & S. Kruikemeier (2015). Audiovisual infotainment in European news: A comparative content analysis of Dutch, Spanish and Irish television news programs. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2015: San Juan, Puerto Rico (2015, mei 21 - 2015, mei 25).
A. Paz Alencar & A.M. Lopez-Gomez (2015). Discourse analysis of the representations of immigrants in the viewer’s model of Dutch and Spanish television news programs. Paper presented at ECREA’s Diaspora, Migration and the Media Section Conference: Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015, november 19 - 2015, november 20).
M. Wojcieszak, A. Paz Alencar, R. Azrout, H. Boomgaarden & P. Sheets (2015). The Influence of Narrative and Numerical Messages on Integration-Relevant Attitudes among Muslim Immigrant Minorities. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2015: San Juan, Puerto Rico (2015, mei 21 - 2015, mei 25).
A. Paz Alencar & N. Alonso (2014). How TV News Programs Are Adapting to the Second Screen? Paper presented at the Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space Conference.: KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Amsterdam (2014, juni 18 - 2014, juni 20).
A. Paz Alencar (2014). “How Informed Are Immigrants?” The Role of Television News in Promoting Integration. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Public Opinion Conference (WAPOR).: Nice, France (2014, september 4 - 2014, september 6).
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