About IAMCR 2017
“Transforming Culture, Politics & Communication: New media, new territories, new discourses”
All over the world communication and media are being transformed by complex and often unpredictable dynamics, tendencies and trends.
Across an increasing number of regions, established social and political actors are being challenged and new movements are emerging, defined, for example, by sexual preferences, lifestyles, ethnic identities, customs, practices or interests. These new actors are more likely to see “politics” as spaces of multiple modes of participation rather than as spaces where they are represented. Contemporary politics (especially political parties) are being transformed and new social movements are emerging and growing, taking various forms, sizes, and shapes.
Against this backdrop, the conference will explore and discuss the link between, on the one hand, broad social, political and cultural changes and dynamics, and on the other, changes in communication, media, and their processes. In particular, the conference will be an opportunity to incubate and develop theories, research, and frameworks, that might guide emerging theoretical frameworks to help think about, discuss and create new, and hopefully more appropriate, concepts and methods for the field and its practices.
A key focus will be the new social and spatial territories of the political, their social and cultural effects, and the dramatic transformations they have produced in communication processes.
Given the epochal changes underway globally, is it time to rethink communication and relocate it, with all of its nuances, within a new understanding of politics and culture that speaks to the times we now live in?
At the same time, the outdated geopolitical idea of a north/south, east/west world that dominated thinking in the 20th century also needs to be revisited. The conditions of social and cultural life that generated these conceptualizations are no longer linked to territories. Today “souths” and “norths” (in the conventional sense), mingle and interact with centers and peripheries, and easts and wests, throughout the world.
OPENING SPEECH: BASTARD MUTATIONS OF COMMUNICATION
Date: July 16th 5 pm.
Place: Getzemaní Auditorium
The discourses and agendas of the XX Century are no longer useful to explain the changes in the sensitivity of our times: Populists and businessmen in power: mobile phones and social networks so much in vogue with trendy clicks and likes: a world more and more financially oriented, a hungrier world… ever more distanced from the people. This is a society which is moving away from politics and humanism. The media are disconnected and have been converted into political actors; social injustice and cynicism are the order of the day, a rightist justice system acting as a democratic god.
What next? We need to come up with different discourses and concepts: We must put other ways forward to be able to understand, explore and narrate the fate that was given to us by the roulette of life. The spring board of this conference is the XX Century Martin Barberian map of communication which will enable us to move on to the Martin Barberian map that explains the sensorium of our current times.
Omar Rincón, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Essayist, journalist, university professor, television critic and audiovisual author. Researcher and professor of Communication and Journalism at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Master in Education (CINDE, Bogotá), Master of Arts (SUNY, Albany, NY) and studied film direction at New York University. PhD Candidate in Human and Social Sciences National University of Colombia. Director of the Center for Journalism Studies and the Master’s Degree in Journalism at the Universidad de los Andes, media and culture analyst of El Tiempo and director of the Center for Communication Competence in Latin America at the Ebert Foundation (www.c3fes.net). Guest Professor in universities in Cuba, Spain , Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia. Some publications: Entretenimiento (2006); Televisión Pública: del consumidor al ciudadano (2005), Televisión, video y subjetividad (2002). email@example.com
NOTES ON MARTIN-BARBERO´S “FROM MEDIA TO MEDIATION”
Nick Couldry, LSE, UK
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Amparo Marroquín Parducci, UCA, El Salvador
Director and professor of Post graduated Studies in the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, San Salvador. Her PhD Thesis (Iteso, Mexico) was on Jesús Martín-Barbero´s work.
German Rey, Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
Professor in the School of Communication in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Consultant for the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano. Has been partner and co-author with Jesús Martín-Barbero.
COMMUNICATION, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Date: July 17th 11 am- 12:30pm
In many parts of the world, interventional development models applied “communication for development” as a strategy for the spread of innovation and for implanting new mentalities which would accept new forms of production and “quality of life”. In the second half of the Twentieth Century changes in the social and political landscape led to the emergence of certain forms of communication that played a central role in shaping today´s societies. In the same way they have fostered concepts from those experiences such as “popular”, “alternative” , “ community”, “ participatory”, “citizenship”, “free”, “radical media”, “marginalized media” . What has made Latin America, like other parts of the world, is the concept of thinking of communication from other angles other than the political and cultural and understanding that power and citizenship are also related to popular culture, thus popular culture can also transform societies.
Claudia Magallanes, México
Claudia Magallanes-Blanco has a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She is currently the chair of the Master’s in Communication for Social Change at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. She is a member of Mexico’s National Researchers System since 2006. Her research areas are indigenous media, communication for social change, community communication. She is currently co-vicechair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media section for the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She is co-founding member of the international network for communication for development and social change REDECAMBIO. She is a contributing author form chapter 13 “Media and Communications” for the International Panel on Social Progress.
1. Dorothy Kidd, Canada-USA
Chair the of Media Studies department – University of San Francisco. She received her PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and social change and community media. She has also worked extensively in community radio production. Her areas of interest include democratic and participatory communications, media and globalization. Researcher on Mining in the Aboriginal peoples´ territories.
2. Rafael Obregon, UNICEF
Chief of the Communication for Development Section, United Nations Children’s Fund, New York. Prior to joining UNICEF he was an Associate Professor in School of Media Arts & Studies, and Director of the Communication and Development Studies Program, Center for International Studies, at Ohio University. He has an extensive teaching, research and professional experience in development and health communication, and international development. He was an associate professor at the Department of Social Communication at Colombia’s Universidad del Norte (1997-2002), where he serves as an adjunct faculty.
He is a member of the review board of several journals, including the Journal of Health Communication, and serves as guest reviewer of Social Science Medicine, Health Policy Journal, and Biomedcentral. He is a member of several international associations including the International Communication Association and the Latin American Association of Communication Researchers. He has published numerous books, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports, including the Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change, Wiley, 2014, and The Handbook of Global Health Communication (2012).He earned a doctorate in Mass Communication, Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in International Affairs, Ohio University; and a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism, Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Colombia.
3. Srinivas Melkote, India
Has been a teacher in the field of Media Production and Studies, journalism, and mass communication for more than 30 years. He has taught at universities in India, US, and Jamaica and is currently a full professor in the Department of Media Production and Studies in the School of Media and Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University. Professor Melkote has researched and published extensively on a range of issues ranging from the role of communication in directed social change, participatory communication, diffusion of innovations, international communication, health communication, communication strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention, mass communication theory, quantitative research methods, media effects and communication pedagogy.
4. Karina Herrera, Bolivia
She has been professor and researcher of communication in the Mayor University of San Andrés and in the Simón Bolívar Andean University of La Paz, as well as director of the Bolivian Interdisciplinary Center for Communication Studies – CIBEC.
She is currently director of the Intercultural Democratic Strengthening Service (SIFDE) of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia. Consultant and planner in communication and development projects. Formed as a social communicator for development, she has published: With Alfonso Gumucio ¿Del grito pionero al silencio? (From the pioneering cry to silence? (2006) on mining and community stations; With Luis Ramiro Beltrán and Erick Torrico: La comunicación antes de Colón tipos y formas en Mesoaméria y los Andes (Communication before Columbus, types and forms in Mesoamerica and the Andes) (2008) a memorable work, undoubtedly one of the most valuable books for understanding indigenous communication. And multiple articles in Spanish-language scientific journals.
SURVEILLANCE AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESION: NEW NATIONALISMS?
Date: July 17th 11 am- 12:30pm.
Place: Getzemani Auditorium
Latin America is the territory where most discussion has been dedicated to the issue of freedom of expression. These debates exist with the regulatory framework – for example, the civil framework recently approved by Brazil. But it can also be seen in clashes between presidents and the media in the fight against monopoly. In this context, the issue of security arises on all grounds, not only online, but also in the construction of citizens´ agendas through media generated fears, which is also a relevant issue in the region. This panel will discuss and break down this central theme, which is pertinent today not only in the region but across the globe.
Gustavo Gómez, Uruguay
Communicator, researcher and expert in public policies and regulatory frameworks related to broadcasting, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and freedom of expression. He was director of the National Direction of Telecommunications during the government of José Mujica and director of the Program of Legislation and Right to Communication of the World Association of Community Radios for Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC). And he is the author of the report “Media regulation and digital television in Latin America”.
He is currently the director of the Latin American Observatory for Regulation, Media and Convergence (OBSERVACOM), an initiative of communication experts and researchers who systematically monitor the development of regulatory frameworks and public communication policies in the region.
1. Nick Couldry, UK
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and communications at LSE. As a sociologist of media and culture, he approaches media and communications from the perspective of the symbolic power that has been historically concentrated in media institutions. He is interested in how media and communications institutions and infrastructures contribute to various types of order (social, political, cultural, economic, ethical). His work has drawn on, and contributed to, social, spatial, democratic and cultural theory, anthropology, and media and communications ethics. His analysis of media as ‘practice’ has been widely influential. He is the author or editor of 11 books and many journal articles and book chapters.
2. Julie Cohen, USA
Georgetown University Law´s professor. She is a leading expert on law and technology, and one of the nation’s foremost privacy theorists. She teaches and writes about copyright, information privacy regulation, and the governance of information and communication networks. She teaches and writes about copyright, information privacy regulation, and the governance of information and communication networks. She is the author of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012) and a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 3d ed. 2010), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 1999, Professor Cohen was Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She previously practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation. She was law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
3. Joana Varon, Brasil
Brazilian researcher and advocate for privacy rights and freedom of expression, founder and Director Coding Rights, aThink-and-Do tank created to research, promote the understanding and contribute to advance in political struggles to enforce Human Rights in the digital world by bridging the gap within technologists and digital rights advocates. Consultant of Consumers International on privacy rights in a project between Brazil and Germany; with Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade, on surveillance and digital security; and with Global Partners Digital on Internet Governance from the perspective of emerging economies. Member of the Advisory Board of the WebWeWant, a campaign from the World Wide Web Foundation, and from the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund. Willing to translate these issues to the all Internet users, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between law, arts and technologies, such as: antivigilancia.org, protestos.org and freenetfilm.org and recently joined Deep Lab
4. Germán Rey, Colombia
PhD in psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He participated in the Economics and Culture project of the Andrés Bello Agreement (SECAB and CERLALC) where he coordinated the area of social indicators of culture. He has been an advisor to the Colombia Ministry of Culture in projects related to communication, culture, cultural management and cultural industries; he coordinated and edited the manual of Cultural Policies (2009). He has participated as a speaker at the First International Meeting of Experts on Cultural Cooperation in Madrid (UNESCO, 2007). In 2006 he was the Academic Director of the Seminar of Cultural Industries held in Buenos Aires (Aecid, OEI and ACERCA). He has been professor in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogotá, in the areas of communication, journalism and cultural studies. And professor of the Master’s Degree in Development and Culture at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia). He has many publications in the topics of his expertise
PLENARY PANEL: COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Date: July 19th 11 am- 12:30pm
Place: Getzemaní Auditorium
Any policy and design of future scenarios will rely upon the articulation of an educational modernization process based on digital technologies. The diffusionist discourse of the technological extension of knowledge is currently covered by the policy of Educational Communication; it is essential to the adaptation of the social system to the logic of reproduction also known as “Cognitive Capitalism”. This requires us to define, from the standpoint of Educational Communication, a new framework which will allow us to move from a “capitalized” reading of the processes of innovation technology in the educational system to a structural vision of the process of social appropriation of new technologies in the era of Democracy 2.0 . This is especially relevant to peripheral regions such as Latin America and Africa, but also to peripheral regions of the so-called first world countries, whose subordinate or dependent positions mean that their public education systems are greatly affected, both culturally and economically.
Francisco Sierra, ULEPICC, Spain.
Director of the Interdisciplinary Group of Studies in Communication, Politics and Social Change (www.compoliticas.org) and Editor of the Journal of Studies for Development Social Communication (REDES.COM) (www.revista-redes.com). He has lectured as a guest at universities throughout Latin America, as well as research centers and universities in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. He is an expert in communication policies, new technologies and citizen participation in the European Union. Author, among other publications, of Communication and Education Policies. Critique and development of the knowledge society (Gedisa, Barcelona, 2006) and Elements of Information Theory (MAD, Seville, 1999), is Founder and Executive Director of International Relations of the Spanish Association for Communication Research (AEIC) . He is currently President of the Latin Union of Political Economy of Information, Communication and Culture (www.ulepicc.org).
1. Divina Frau Meigs, France
She is an associate professor at the Sorbonne University. Fulbright and Lavoisier, she is a graduate of the Sorbonne University, Stanford University (Palo Alto) and Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). A media sociologist, she is a specialist in content and risk behaviors (violence, pornography, information, media panics, etc.) as well as questions of reception and use of information and communication technologies (acculturation, education, Regulation, etc.)
2. Claudia Villamayor, Argentina
Lecturer and Researcher of the School of Journalism and Social Communication of the National University of La Plata and the National University of Quilmes, Argentina
She works as an advisor on strategies for managing community / popular media policies, social movements, organizations, projects and programs of civil society and the state.
She has published books as author and coauthor as Planning and Management of Communication (Coautora.1994. La Crujía Educational Communication Center); He was a member of the La Crujía Educational Communication Center team (1990-1999) and participated in the design of the Training Plan in Planning and Management of Communication Processes for Latin America and the Caribbean presented to the Latin American Federation of Social Communication Faculties in 1992. She was co-director (1998-2002) and Director (2003-2009) of the Management and Institutional Strengthening Program of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters for Latin America and the Caribbean.
3. Germán Muñoz, Colombia
He has a Degree in Philosophy of the University San Buenaventura of Bogota. He also has a PhD in ‘Social Sciences, childhood and youth’ of the U. of Manizales-Cinde, and a Doctorate of third cycle in Semio-linguistic of the EHESS of Paris. Professor, researcher and director of the Master´s Program in Communication&Education in the Culture of the School of Communication in UNIMINUTO, Bogotá, and of the Center for Advanced Studies in Childhood and Youth of CINDE-U. Manizales. Leader of the Research Group “Young people, cultures and powers”. Scriptwriter and director of educative TV series. Advisor and consultant of social development projects.
4. Roberto Aparici, Spain
Director of the Professional Master “Social networks and digital learning” and the doctoral program “Communication and education in digital environments” at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) in Madrid, Spain. He is a specialist in educommunication, culture of participation, digital narrative, media integration and convergence. He was one of the authors of the report “Media education in school 2.0” for the Spanish Ministry of Education. His latest works: “Educommunication: beyond 2.0”, “Connected in cyberspace”, “Building reality in the media”
CLOSING CONVERSATION: COMMUNICATION EMERGING FROM A CHANGING WORLD FULL OF UNCERTAINTIES – SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Date: July 19th 11 am- 12:30pm
Place: Barahona Auditorium
It is proposed in this conversation that the interviewer, who has knowledge and experience in the subject, interviews a group academics committed to social movements based in digital communication. Therefore, the issues related to the topic, such as fractures, disruptions, new territorialities, fears and uncertainties, will spring from their direct studies.
Clemencia Rodríguez, Colombia-USA
Is Full Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. In her book titled Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her “citizens’ media theory,” a ground-breaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Her research explores how communities that engage in their own media production revise understandings of self, re-name the world, and activate individual and collective processes of empowerment and social change. In 2011 Rodríguez published Citizens’ Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press), where she documents how people living in the shadow of war use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet, to shield their communities from armed violence’s negative impacts. This involved fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers made their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians.
1. Emiliano Treré, Italy
Emiliano Treré is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy) and within the COSMOS Center on Social Movements Studies based at the same institution. He has published extensively in top ranked international journals and books on the challenges, the opportunities, and the myths of media technologies for social movements and political parties in Europe and Latin America. He is coeditor of “Social Media and Protest Identities” (Information, Communication & Society, 2015), “Latin American Struggles & Digital Media Resistance” (International Journal of Communication, 2015), and “From Global Justice to Occupy and Podemos: Mapping Three Stages of Contemporary Activism” (tripleC, 2017). His book, provisionally titled Complexities of Contemporary Digital Activism: Social Movements and Political Parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, is forthcoming with Routledge.
2. Merlyna Lim, Canada
Is Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Prior to joining the Carleton University community, she held research and teaching positions at Princeton University, Arizona State University, the University of Southern California, KITLV (the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies), and the East West Center.
Lim’s research and teaching interests revolve around political and cultural implications of media and technology, in relations to globalization, democratization, and social change. Lim’s past and current research projects are predominantly conducted in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
As the CRC, Lim’s current projects deal with conceptual and theoretical understanding of the actual (neither imagined nor desired) role of digital media in supporting contemporary social movements and transforming politics globally. By reading and analyzing social movements spatially, this research offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between movements, urban space and digital media. Using empirical evidence from various contexts, the research will generate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of the dialectical interplay between digital media and physical urban spaces in the making of contemporary social movements
3. Maria Paula Martínez Concha, Colombia
Professor at the Center for Journalism Studies, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá,
Political scientist and journalist, leaning towards data journalism and information visualization. Her research area focuses on media analysis and on the impact of TIC in democracy. Creator of mediosencolombia.com. Her last publication is the project Mapping Digital Media, founded and edited by Media Program of the Open Society Foundations.
(July 20th 4-5:30pm –Heredia Theatre)
Presentation of IAMCR 2018 Conference
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