The research project and group Familyandmedia was founded in February 2005 in Rome, Italy on the occasion of the first interdisciplinary workshop on the family and the media, held at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Participants included professors of the Theology Department and professors of the Communications Department, as well as professors of the Communications Department of the University of Navarra (Spain), Catholic University of Milan (Italy), Austral University (Argentina), and CEU San Pablo of Madrid. Subsequently, new workshops have been held in 2006 and 2009. The research team has expanded to include members from CEU San Pablo University of Valencia (Spain) and Catholic University of Argentina.
The goal of the project is to study the representation of the family in the mass media through the analysis of the roots of social relations, also known as “social virtues”, addressed by a variety of authors, from Aristotle to Cicero to Thomas Aquinas. In the Latin denomination, this included pietas, observantia, honor, oboedientia, gratitudine, vindicatio, veritas, affabilitas and liberalitas.
The concept of the family that underlies the project is understood in light of Christian anthropology, which is confirmed in the so-called relational sociology.
The objective of the study of relationships portrayed in the texts (informational or entertainment) is to identify the cultural and anthropological "common places" of the discussion, or topoi, that are relative to the social virtues.
The project has an operational goal: it aims to put the fruits of the empirical analysis at the service of promoting a positive vision of the anthropological nature of the family. The intent is not to focus on specific initiatives, but rather offer a "skeleton" that may guide long-term communication strategies of organizations dedicated to promoting the family.
The Familyandmedia group is currently composed of the following people :
- Norberto González Gaitano (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy) (Project Coordinator): http://didattica.pusc.it/course/view.php?id=386
- José María La Porte (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy): http://www.pusc.it/csi/docenti.html
- Damián Fernández Pedemont (Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina): http://comprensiondiscursiva.blogspot.com
- Armando Fumagalli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
- José Javier Sánchez Aranda (Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain): http://unav.es/fcom/profesores/sanchez_aranda.htm
- Diego Contreras (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome. Italy): http://www.pusc.it/csi/docenti.html
- José Angel Cortés (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain)
- María Teresa Téramo (Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina): http://www.uca.edu.ar/maca
- María José Pou (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Valencia, Spain)
- Juan José García Noblejas (Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy): http://www.scriptor.org/about-autor.html
- Silvia de Ascaniis (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland): http://www.usi.ch/personal-info.htm?id=1636
- Alfredo García Luarte (Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción. Chile): http://periodismo.ucsc.cl/pag_academicos.html
Fabrizio Piciarelli (Rome)
Luisa Arcudì (Rome)
- Piotr Studnicki (Poland)
Manuel Uzal (Chile)
The Familyandmedia research team would like to thank Dr. Stefano Lucchini for the constant support he has shown from the project's very beginning, both economically and through his communicative expertise.
Angelo Affinita Foundation (www.fondazioneangeloaffinita.org)