ICA 2018 Preconference: Media and Governance in Latin America: Towards a Plurality of Voices

The past 24 May 2018 the Preconference «Media and Governance in Latin America: Towards a Plurality of Voices» was held in ICA 2018 (Prague, Czech Republic) in Hilton Prague. This preconference was organized by Julieta Brambila, Sara Garcia Santamaria, Ximena Orchard and Jairo Lugo-Ocando.

On this occasion, María Cruz Tornay and me presented «Towards a journalism-other: journalistic cultures in Latin America within the framework of the decolonial turn»


The investigation on journalistic cultures in Latin America have evidenced a remarkable influence of the communicational and journalistic paradigms coming from the United States and Europe. From the educational field, the academic curriculum taught in social communication careers privileges the study of the academic currents of the North against Latin American critical thinking schools, which obviously influences the construction of common senses in the collective of future professionals of journalism.

The displacement of local knowledge in the field of communication and its impact on the construction of the journalistic cultures of the «peripheral» countries should be understood within the framework of the critique of the coloniality of power that has been taken as a locus of enunciation by various Latin American authors to explain the power relations that had their origin in the Spanish conquest, but that survived the processes of political independence of the colonized territories. Through this same process and within the framework of the coloniality of knowledge, Social Sciences became the channel for the legitimization and imposition of Eurocentric epistemologies and knowledge as a paradigm of development and modernity, as well as the social and cognitive experiences of the colonized peoples became «primitive» and «underdeveloped» (Castro-Gómez, Guardiola and Millán de Benavides, 1999).

The so-called «decolonial turn» (Castro-Gómez, Grosfoguel, 2007) is the bet for an epistemic decolonization and the construction of a heterarchical thought that we consider opportunely should enter into dialogue with the analysis of journalistic cultures in Latin America for rethink the paths towards «journalism-other» in the context of the new communicational scenarios that are aspired to consolidate in the region.

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PRESENTACIÓN ICA 2018 Periodismo-otro



ICA 2018 Preconference Media and Governance in Latin America: Towards a Plurality of Voices Thursday, 24 May 2018, Hilton Prague #MediaGovLA; #ICA18

8.45 Welcome and Coffee Break Julieta Brambila, Sara Garcia Santamaria, Ximena Orchard and Jairo Lugo-Ocando

9:00-10:10 Panel 1: Media, Governance and Democracy
Chair: Jairo Lugo-Ocando (University of Leeds) Presenters
Sallie Hughes (University of Miami) Democracy and the Press: What Happened in the Third Wave?
Beth Pearson (University of Glasgow) Measuring and Explaining Plurality Across Democratisation: The Case of the Anti-Impunity Campaign in Uruguay
Caroline Avila Nieto (Universidad del Azuay), Angélica Abad (Universidad de Cuenca) and René Esquivel (Universidad de Cuenca) Polarization versus Pluralism. A challenge for Ecuadorian Media System
Dasniel Olivera (Universidad de La Habana and Universidad Iberoamericana) Sistema Mediático Cubano: Apuntes Históricos en Perspectiva Hacia el Siglo XXI
Ximena Orchard (Universidad Alberto Hurtado) and Juan I. Venegas-Muggli (Universidad Tecnológica de Chile) Media Pluralism, Local Governments and the Allocation of State Advertising
Julieta Brambila (Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and Center for Media at Risk, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) The Rise of Journalists’ Resistance Movements in Mexico

10.10-11.20 Panel 2: Technology, Politics and the Media
Chair: Tabita Moreno Becerra (Universidad de Concepción) Presenters Florencia García-Rapp (Pompeu Fabra University) An Austere Politician Who Fights Against Corruption: Facebook Comments to Argentinian Governor María Eugenia Vidal
Alicja Fijalkowska (University of Warsaw) Facebook and the 2018 Political Campaign in Costa Rica
Verónica Sánchez Medina (Hamburg University) Moving Backwards in the Digital Age: From a Civic Oriented Newsroom of Vanguard to an Authoritarian News Organization in Mexico
Liriam Sponholz (CMC/ Austrian Academy of Sciences and Alpen-Adria Universität), Roseméri Laurindo (FURB, Federal University of Blumenau) and Vanessa Eskelsen (FURB, Federal University of Blumenau) Plurality of Voices in the Era of Uncivil Societies: Political Incivility and Online Misogyny in the Case of Dilma Rousseff on Facebook
Matias Ponce, Independent researcher False promises of electronic government: Active Transparency Index in Latin America 2017
Alejandro Cárdenas López (Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) National Elections in Mexico, Peru and Colombia (2012-2016): Use of Facebook as a Political Communication Strategy

11.20-11.50 Guest Speaker
Rafael Obregon, Communication for Development Section (UNICEF) Communication for Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America

12.20-13.30 Panel 3: Journalistic Practices in Latin America
Chair: Caroline Avila Nieto (Universidad del Azuay) Presenters
Anne Natvig (Volda University College and the University of Oslo) Diverging Ideals of Autonomy in Cuba
Martín Oller Alonso (Universidad de la Habana) and Mª Cruz Tornay Márquez Towards a «Journalism-Other»: Journalistic Cultures in Latin America within the Framework of the Decolonial Turn
Mireya Márquez (Universidad Iberoamericana) and Sallie Hughes (University of Miami) Explaining Support for Democratic Roles in a Challenging Environment: Modelling Journalistic Role Conception in Mexico
René Jara Reyes (Universidad de Santiago de Chile) Soft and Hard News: Detecting Patterns of Sources Use in the National and Regional Chilean Press
Abel Somohano (Universidad Iberoamericana) Roles y Desempeño Profesional de Periodistas de Medios Independientes en Cuba
Jesús Arroyave (Universidad del Norte) The Autonomy of Colombian Journalists in Contexts of Social and Political Violence

13.30-14.40 PANEL 4: Communication at the Margins
Chair: Paola Sartoretto (Södertörn University) Presenters Federico Subervi (University of Leeds) Decolonising Media Studies in Latin America: Why we need [Urgently] a Research Agenda for Puerto Rico
Francesca Belotti (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes) Los medios indígenas en la Argentina de la Ley 26.522 de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual
Leonardo Custodio (University of Tampere) and Paola Sartoretto (Södertörn University) Comparative Approach to Voice-Raising Initiatives in Rural and Urban Social Movements in Brazil
Ana Cristina Suzina (Université Catholique de Louvain) Seeing and Being Seen: Conceptions and Issues of Representation in Popular Media Practices
Roy Krøvel (Oslo Metropolitan University) Against “Inclusion”- Indigenous Communication and Autonomy

14.55-15.25 Guest Speakers
Flor Enghel (Jönköping University) and Martín Becerra (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes) Latin American Communication Research in Dialogue with a High-Impact Academic Journal: Lessons Learnt and Future Strategies

15.25-16.30 PANEL 5: Technological Development and Social Change
Chair: Flor Enghel (Jönköping University)
Presenters Sara García Santamaría (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) Digital Media in Cuba: Deliberation, (un)Civility and the Internal ‘Other’
Celina Navarro Bosch (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Luisa Martínez-García (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Latin American Cyberfeminism: A Struggle to Make Violence Against Women Visible
Constanza Gajardo León (Universidad de Concepción) and Tabita Moreno Becerra (Universidad de Concepción) Young Chileans’ Voices: The Fabric of their Listening Practices while Consuming News
Carmen Beatriz Fernández (Datastrategia and Universidad de Navarra) Reto Solidaridad: ¿Puede la Tecnología Ayudar a Construir Capital Social?
Magdalena Saldaña (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Commenting on Disaster: News Comments as a Representation of the Public’s voice

16.30 Closing Remarks
Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University)


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