The Scientific Event as a Formative Activity in Postgraduate Studies: Perspectives from the Scientific Committee of the FORPED PPGGOC

Aims: To share the experiences of a scientific committee of an academic-scientific event proposed as a teaching activity for postgraduate studies. Methodology: It is a descriptive, exploratory, and applied study; the methodology consisted of a bibliographic research that sought inputs on scientific communication and good project management practices for their application in the management of the scientific committee. The management, organization, and monitoring of activities and tasks were carried out through a shared electronic spreadsheet with the team, stored in the cloud. Results: As a result, the main milestones, activities, and artifacts produced by the scientific committee of the event were presented, as well as the details and chronological order of the activities, in guide format, to contribute to the academic training of postgraduate students and those interested in organizing academic-scientific events. It is suggested to replicate the activities and artifacts in other events to improve the documentation presented in this study.

Playing with the Narrative of Mental Illness: Communication Beyond Serious Empathy games 

This essay focuses on the implicit narrative of mental illness communicated through the cultural
rhetoric of serious games and empathy games. Games about mental illness are seen to promote a
change in behavior and foster greater understanding by breaking down the boundary between the
neuro-non-normative avatar and players. However, rather than cultivating empathy, these games
reinforce notions of mental illness as the unknowable Other. Using Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods
(2017), this essay demonstrates how the use of non-serious elements, changes to the narrative premise,
and limited insight into the avatar’s mind create a new communicative situation. Oscillating
between sameness and difference, the game shows mental illness as a normal part of life, of growing
up and getting to know yourself and the people around you.