Founded in 2012 at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and linked to the New Media Convergence Center (CCNM), the Intermedia Connections Research Group (NucCon) intends to discuss conceptually and conduct empirical and/or applied research about multiple intermedia connections underway in the contemporaneity.
We perceive the current process of convergence as a phenomenon marked by a range of appropriations, the accumulation of socio-technical mediations and the complementary and mutual influence of networked media devices. As one of the main interests of the Group is the development of research methodologies to help understanding the complexity and intensity of contemporary intermedia connections.
NucCon is a research group which includes a team of professors, graduate students (Masters and PhD) and undergraduate students. It is one of the research groups linked to the Postgraduate Program in Communication Studies (PPGCOM) at UFMG, under the Media Textualities program.
NucCon’s researchers have published articles in important brazilian and foreign journals, and the group held from 2014 to 2015 an international agreement with the National Research University Higher School of Economics, based in Moscow (Russia), about “Sports’ mega events in digital media connections”.
About UFMG and PPGCOM
The Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is located in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais. One of Brazil’s largest universities, it offers 75 undergraduate degrees, 57 PhD programs and 66 MSc programs. UFMG is the eleventh in the ranking of best universities in Latin America, according to the QS World University Rankings (2015), and is positioned between the 300th-400th places according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016.
Our Postgraduate Program in Communication Studies (PPGCOM) was created in 1995 and recognized as one of the most important Programs in Brazil. In 2014, PPGCOM received a grade 6 (in a maximum of 7) by Brazil’s higher education agency (Capes). Among the international partners of PPGCOM’s research groups are the University of North Carolina (USA), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – EHESS (France), University of Beira Interior (Portugal) and University of Mannheim (Germany).