The article submission period for the fourth issue of Rotura – Communication, Culture and Arts Journal, published by CIAC, has been extended until May 15, 2022. Under the theme “Silent Cinemas in Portugal”, the thematic dossier aims to contribute to the updating of studies related to the silent cinema period and to launch new clues for a historiographical practice around cinema in Portugal.

The call for papers launched by Rotura magazine accepts original articles that address the following topics: film exhibition spaces in the time of silent cinema; singular experiences of sound in exhibition (e.g. the spoken tapes, musical accompaniment); production models in silent cinema; silent cinema in the Portuguese press (e.g. the emergence of specialized magazines and commercial dissemination in the non-specialized press); the critical reception of silent films in the transition from silent to sound; women in Portuguese silent cinema; foreign contributions to Portuguese silent cinema (for instance, directors such as Maurice Mariaud); the distribution of silent cinema in Portugal; restoration and digitalization of silent cinema in Portugal. Articles can be written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Despite the meritorious pioneering work of Manuel Felix Ribeiro, António Horta e Costa or Fernando Duarte, and more recent works published by António Ferreira, José de Matos-Cruz or Tiago Baptista, the silent cinema period (1895-1930) is one of the least studied in the history of cinema in Portugal. The chronological distance, the chronic difficulty in accessing sources, or even their disappearance, have been the main obstacles to a more regular and comprehensive historiographical practice on the period, generally centred on the expository narrative about the stylistics of the films and their authors (namely the directors), which devalues or ignores contextual aspects such as the economy or the socio-cultural framework.

Moreover, submissions for the dossier “Varia” of the Rotura magazine are permanently open. At any time, articles on themes related to communication, culture and the arts are accepted