Vista - English Version

Vista Journal

View is surface and distance. Landscape and pathway. Horizon and possibility. With the emergence of photography, the word viewsteps into the designation of landscape. Used by the first photographers to refer to the resulting clichés of their expeditions, the notion of view conveys the advent of our dense universe of technical images and, most of all, signals the conversion of a world seen from the perspective of art into a world represented from the much broader horizon of social iconography and visual culture (that encompasses fine arts and photography, as well as cinema, television, videogames, fashion, advertising, comics, graffiti,…).


Since the 1990’s, with the announcement of the pictorial turn, visual culture became a recurring and privileged focus of interest within the humanities and social sciences. Vista appears in this context as a semi-annual publication in the field of Communication Sciences. Conceived in 2015 by the Visual Culture Working Group of the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences (SOPCOM), it aims the promotion of a transdisciplinary debate around culture’s visual mediation processes (photography, cinema, television, advertising, videogames and digital media,…).


Vista has the following goals:


- to promote the critical thinking on image and the study of visual objects within the field of communication sciences;

- to bring out a set of studies, resulting from different scientific domains, several geographical backgrounds and diverse historical moments, which translate heterogeneous theoretical and methodological frameworks around visual culture;

- to diversify the objects of analysis within the vast domain of image studies in order to broaden the sharing of the visible, actively contributing to a politics of vision;

- to encourage scientific contributions as well as sundry visual projects in areas such as photography, video art, urban art, contributing to question the existing boundaries between scientific culture and artistic culture.


Call for Papers



Call for papers

vista vol. 2 | Cultural memory, image and archive


Editors: Isabel Macedo (CECS, University of Minho) & José Gomes Pinto (CICANT, Lusófona University)




James Stephanoff - Pyne's Royal Residences (1819), plate 48.  The King's Library at Buckingham House. Public Domain.



The historical acceleration, with its developments, transformations and consequences – the threat of forgetfulness – leads to an obsession with record, traces, archives, "archive it, archive it, there will always be something left!" (Nora, 1997, p. 16). Archives, along with other communication resources, contribute to the transfer of information – and thus to the (re)construction of cultural memory (Assmann, 2008) – from generation to generation. Through memory representation technologies, archives are open to new interpretations, uses and formulations.

The archival impulse, which remains a primary organising principle within contemporary world, is now, in an age of digital imaging and social media, also a mass-cultural phenomenon. These developments, together with a cultural field currently preoccupied with questions of history, remembrance and divergent conceptions of identity, make an investigation of visual culture and the archive particularly timely.

The relationship between memory and the various means of representation that (re)construct, preserve, and convey the past are the focus of this thematic number. Memory refers to the way in which the past continues to survive in the present, implicitly and explicitly, and is transmitted into the future. The diverse means of representation – whether in the form of cinema, photography, advertising, urban art, or visual culture at large, including television and digital media – have an essential role in keeping memory alive, in both structuring and transforming it. Against this backdrop, this number welcomes proposals that address the themes, concepts, or historical perspectives related to the intersection of memory, archive, and visual culture generally.


Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:

- Archives, albums and the production of life stories;

- Archives, visual culture and education;

-  Testimony, memory and archive;

- Cinema, archive and memory; 

- Commemoration, counter-monuments, and visual culture;

- Decolonizing heritage and visual culture;

- Archives, networks, and digital communities;

- Invented, found and (re)created archives;

- Legacies of the (post)colonial visual culture;

- Memory (re)constructions, visual culture and public spaces;

- Museum, library and archive;

- Gender, memory and archive; 

- Photography, commemoration and remembrance;

- Photography, social media and the production of digital identities;

- Landscapes, borders, migrations and memory;

- Forgetting, archive and memory: missing, destroyed and reconstituted archives;



vista – visual culture journal is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue. Articles can be submitted in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. The guidelines for authors can be consulted here. For further information, please contact: vista.culturavisual@gmail.com




Submission deadline:  8th September 2017

Acceptance Notification: 10th October 2017

Journal publication date: December 2017







Guide for Authors






1. Manuscript Submission

a) Works proposed to Vista should be submitted electronically through the email address vista.culturavisual@gmail.com.

b) Files consisting of the article draft should be annexed in an editable format (.doc, .docx, .rtf or OpenOffice). PDF documents will not be accepted.

c) All works must be accompanied by the identification of author(s), institutional affiliation and e-mail address(es).

d) Each article must be accompanied by an abstract, included in the article page, in three languages (original language, Portuguese and English), with a maximum of 250 words, and 3-5 keywords.

e) If the submitted article includes visual elements, these must be sent separately (according to the indications stipulated for ‘Graphic Materials and Visual Elements’).

f) Articles should be submitted along with the following documents: f1) A declaration signed by all authors, stating that i) the text is original; ii) there is no conflicts of interest; f2) A copyright transfer declaration to Vista.


2. Manuscript Length

Papers are limited in length to 8000 words (recommended 6000-8000), excluding abstracts and references.


3. Language

a) Vista accepts submissions in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

b) All quotations, which are not originally written in these languages, must be translated into the language in which the article is written. The original text should be quoted in the endnotes.





1. Format of Manuscripts

- title: Arial 11, bold, maximum length of 12 words.

- abstract: Arial 10, maximum length of 250 words, 3-5 keywords after the abstract, in different languages.

- body text: Arial 11, justified, 1.5 line spacing.

- chapters’ titles: two heading levels, numbered with Arabic and unnumbered in the Introduction and Conclusion texts.

- quotations: If the quotation comprises fewer than 40 words, it should be incorporated into text and enclosed with double quotation marks; if it comprises 40 or more words, it should be displayed in a freestanding block of text, without quotation marks, non-italic and Arial 10.

- footnotes: numbered in Arabic without parentheses, Arial 9, line spacing 1,5. Footnotes should not be indented in the first paragraph.

- foreign words: foreign words must be italicized;


2. Graphic Materials and Visual Elements

The non-textual elements – e.g. tables, graphics, images or video – should be identified using continuous Arabic numbering for each of the elements and they should be sent separately in .jpeg, .tiff or vector EPS format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. For videos, we accept avi, mp4, mkv and mov files.  File format for graphics and images should be JPEG or TIFF. Each file is named with a number, indicating the order in which each image appears in the article. In the main body text, we should find the references, the numbers and the captions of these figures.


3. Funding Acknowledgements

They should be placed at the end of the article, before the References section. The identification of the funding entities must contain their complete designation. In the case of more than one entity, references are separated by semicolons, the last of the list being preceded by "and".


3. References


a) References in Text

 References in text follow the APA Format – 6th Edition, as in the examples:

- one author: (Didi-Huberman, 2012);

- one author, specific page: (Didi-Huberman, 2012, p.63);

- two authors: (Evans & Hall, 1999);

- three authors: (Howard, Thompson & Waterton, 2013);

- more than three authors: (Andriopoulos et al., 2001); 

- several authors and several works, ordered according to i) the year of publication ii) the alphabetic order: (Harper, 1998; Prosser, 1998; Rose, 2000; Banks, 2001; Pink, 2013);


b) Reference List

Entries should be arranged by alphabetic order by the surname of the first author, at the end of the article, including only the sources used in the article. They follow the APA Format – 6th Edition, as in examples below:

- book: Siegert, B. (1999). Relays: Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

- article or chapter in an edited book: Peters, J. D. (2010) Mass media, in Mitchell & Hansen (ed.). Critical Terms for Media Studies (pp.266-279), London: The University of Chicago Press.

- article in a print magazine: Santaella, L (2009). O pluralismo pós-utópico da arte. Revista ARS, Vol. 7 Nº 14, 131-151.

- article in an on-line magazine: Santaella, L (2009). O pluralismo pós-utópico da arte. Revista ARS, Vol. 7 Nº 14.Retrieved from: http://www.revistas.usp.br/ars/article/view/3057.



Vista uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) as the primary style guide. We strongly recommend authors to consult this manual in order to clarify aspects not covered by our guidelines.


Who are we


Editorial Board 

Maria da Luz Correia (UM) (Coordinator)

Carla Cerqueira (UM/ULP) (Co-coordinator)

Catarina Moura (UBI) 

Isabel Macedo (UM) 

José Gomes Pinto (ULHT) 

Luís Miguel Loureiro (ULP) 

Ricardo Campos (UNL)



Editorial Advisory Board

Albertino Gonçalves (UM) 

Ana Gabriela Macedo (UM)   

António Fernando Cascais (UNL)

Bernardo Pinto de Almeida (UP)

Domingo Hernández Sánchez (SP) (US) 

Fabio La Rocca (FR, UPV)

Helena Pires (UM) 

Isabel Babo (ULP)

Jacinto Godinho (UNL) 

João Sousa Cardoso (ULP)

José Bragança de Miranda (UNL, ULHT) 

Julieta Leite (BR, UFPE)

Luís Nogueira (UBI) 

Madalena Oliveira (UM)

Manuela Penafria (UBI)

Margarida Medeiros (UNL)

Maria Augusta Babo (UNL) 

Maria Teresa Cruz (UNL) 

Maria Teresa Flores (ULHT) 

Miguel Leal (UP)

Mirian Tavares (UALG) 

Moisés de Lemos Martins (UM) 

Nelson Zagalo (UM)

Pedro Mota Teixeira (IPCA) 

Ricardo Campos (CICSNOVA (FCSH/UNL)) 

Victor Flores (ULHT)



Honorary Board

Bernhard Siegert (GE)   

Georges Didi-Huberman (FR)    

Gillian Rose (UK)   

W. J. T. Mitchell (USA)  

Lucia Santaella  (BR)