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Electronic media and mimesis: the role of mimetic processes in the practice of teleparticipation of the electronic media

Grant number: 10/16685-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 02, 2011
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Communications - Theory of Communication
Principal researcher:Malena Segura Contrera
Grantee:Malena Segura Contrera
Host: Christoph Wulf
Home Institution: Vice-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa. Universidade Paulista (UNIP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  


This research investigates how the electronic communication means (especially television) configure the mimetic procedures, considering if the disguise of television behaviors is not an attempt of rescuing a shared symbolical universe from ritual. It proposes to compare the function of the mimetic operations in the archaic rituals and in the media rituals, considering that the current virtualization of the communications may be generating new formats of teleparticipation that simulate the immersion existent in the archaic rituals. Accordingly, it is also concerned with investigating the role of the mimetic procedures in the constitution of communicative bonds, considering the differences existent between interpersonal communication and telecommunication, evaluating what were the relevant transformations occurred in the replacement of the ritual participation (which implied a differentiated dimension of presential corporeal existence) through the teleparticipation, that is, by the projections through electronic media. (AU)