Amanda P. Alencar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specializes in media and migration and intercultural communication. Recently, she was a visiting research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, where she developed part of her new research project ‘Digital Integration and Forced Migrations’. Alencar 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 Fellowship, a prestigious grant from the European Commission, 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. 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; Media, Culture & Society).
Alencar is the Vice Chair of the Intercultural Communication Division within the International Communication Association (ICA) during the 2019-2023 period, Editorial Board member of the Media and Communication journal (https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/about/editorialTeamBio/11297), a 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. She also serves as a reviewer for several interdisciplinary journals (such as Information, Communication & Society, Communications, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Information, Communication and Society, Television and New Media, Mass Communication & Society, Open Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, Journalism, European Journal of Communication, Global Networks, etc.), referred conferences (ICA, ECREA, IAMCR), and post-doctoral grants (Expert Reviewer of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie MSCA – European Commission – H2020 since 2017). Alencar has also been recently invited to join the jury member of the NeFCA – Young Scholar Award 2019. She has (co)presented her work in more than 50 international conferences and was invited as a guest speaker to more than 25 academic and non-academic events and conferences within and beyond Europe.
At the same time, she has been involved in the organization of several 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 were recently published in two special issues she guest-edited in the (open-access) peer-reviewed journals ‘International Communication Gazette’ and ‘Media and Communication’. Last but not least, Alencar’s trajectory as a researcher has been guided by great independence and innovation. She became co-promoter and co-applicant in two PhD projects funded by the China Scholarship Council and Canadian government. She has also managed to establish relevant research collaborations with migrant and intercultural professional organizations, local municipalities and stakeholders working with immigrant integration processes in The Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Brazil.
Institutional website: https://www.eur.nl/en/people/amanda-paz-alencar