Ana Serrano Tellería

Ph.D Assistant Professor (Accredited by ANECA, Spanish Official State Agency). Posdoc, coordinator of 5 Ph.D candidates in the European FEDER project ‘Public and Private in Mobile Communications’ at LabCom, Beira Interior University, Portugal (April 2013 – 2015), European Union and MAIS CENTRO – Portuguese Government. Lecturer of Cyberculture (2013-15). Full grant (EEUU Embassy in Spain) for Seminar ‘Entrepreneurial Journalism: A Renewed Hope’ (2014), University of Cuenca, Spain. Extraordinary Ph.D Award (Creativity, innovation, impact and relevance; 2012), Ph.D. (‘Initial Node Design on Cybermedia: A Comparative Study’, 2010) and Bachelor in Journalism (2002) by the University of The Basque Country, Spain. Full grant (2006-08) and research contract (2008-10) to develop Ph.D by University of the Basque Country. First cycle of English Translation and Interpretation, University of Alicante, Spain (2000). Management of European projects and International Cooperation ones in Documenta (2012-13). Responsible of the Communication Department in the Territorial Development Agency “Campoo Los Valles” (2011). Master in Innovation Management, University of Cantabria, Spain (Full grant, 2010-11). Visiting researcher at the School of Communication in Federal University of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil (Full grant of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2009). Cultural Management (2005), Master in Theatre and Performing Arts (2004-05), University of the Basque Country. Theatre teacher (2003-04). Online journalist in, Vocento, Spain (2002-03). Research interest: Entrepreneurial Journalism, Media Studies, Online Communication and Design, Performing & Stage Arts. Grants received from: University of Cantabria, SODERCAN – Government of Cantabria, University of the Basque Country (Spain), Federal University of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Ministry of Science and Innovation (Government of Spain), European Union, Marcelino Botin Foundation (Spain) and EEUU Embassy in Spain.


Liquid Spheres or Constellations? Reflections Towards Mobile Devices

Online communication and user performance in the mobile environment have risen up a wide range of possibilities concerning time and space. Within this ever-changing ecosystem of those coordinates being altered and / or juxtaposed between real and virtual worlds, users seemed to experienced different kind of perceptions about what was traditionally considered ‘public and private’. In this gradation, emotion management and technological literacy appeared to play key roles; whereas concepts like anonymity, authenticity, intimacy, identity or the Self flow intermittently in this media ecology.

In this sense, users management of content and information as well as the Self and social networking have showed prominent aspects to bear in mind. On the one hand, the fluidity of identity, the cellular and nomadic intimacy, the network privatism and the tethered, the tutored and the quantified Self ought to be highlighted. On the other, the continuous partial attention, the multitask and/ or the multiplexing performance, the relation between memories and place, the limitations in the extension between user knowledge and action, the strong circumstantial pattern behaviour, the relevance of temporal priority in the digital literacy and the lack of rationality in some attitudes and performances have delved into users behaviours online.

Moreover, this media ecology is framed by the ambiguity and volatility of overall ‘Personal Policies’ and ‘Terms and Conditions’, to add the liquidity and mobility of our society and technology itself as well as the architecture of exposure (of disclosure/ of intimacy) in the interface design of mobile communication and devices. Therefore, we purpose to reflect on the concepts of ‘liquid spheres’ or ‘constellations’ as a way to describe this dissolution of boundaries. We will base our discussion on an international state of the art review as well as on the results of our project ‘Public and Private in Mobile Communications’, applying both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focused in Portugal.