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[Commlist] CFP- 5th conference - Media and Governance in Latin America

Thu Nov 28 13:24:34 GMT 2019

The Call for Papers to the 5th Conference Media and Governance in Latin America is now open. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is January 30, 2020.

The conference Media and Governance in Latin America promotes intellectual exchange on the way the media interact with social, political, symbolic and technological changes in Latin America. In 2020, with the theme “Communication in Contested Political Scenarios” the conference will discuss how media and communication play a role in contexts of political polarization, conflicts, increased threats to minority groups, and the growth of anti-democratic movements. We propose a broad understanding of politics, beyond parliamentary and party-politics, to include all aspects of collective life.

Keynote Speakers:
● Rossana Reguillo – Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO, Mexico
● Silvio Waisbord - George Washington University, United States.

The conference will take place on June 15-16, 2020 at the Institute of Latin America Studies, Stockholm University. The itinerant conference is held since 2014 in different European locations.

We are interested in presentations that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Media Systems, Pluralism, and Good Governance: How are current media systems in the region fostering or hindering dialogue and tolerance? What is the relationship between media, governance and processes of political polarization? How are both legacy and new media interacting with the state, the private sector, civil society and the public for the promotion plural debates and tolerance, and the representation of minority groups? How do media technologies and platforms play a role in processes of political polarization? What is the role of the media in overcoming pervasive phenomena that hinder good governance, such as censorship, clientelism, populism, or the concentration of media ownership?

• Media and Political Representation: What journalistic practices and organizational dynamics favor dialogue, tolerance and diversity in Latin America? How are the news media addressing topics related to politics in the region, such as violence, inequality, or corruption? How are media representing and covering protest and social unrest? To what extent are digital communication platforms incorporating previously marginalized themes (such as racial, gender and class-based inequality) and actors (indigenous communities, women, LGBT minorities)? How are media dealing with the surfacing of extremist positions? How are media contributing to dialogue, diversity and tolerance?

• Communication for Social Change: What impact are having civil society groups in the media visibility of a range of voices and issues? What is the impact of digital technologies in contested political scenarios? How are digital media being appropriated by marginalized actors?

• Theories and Methods: To what extent can comparative studies reinvigorate academic debates beyond the region? How can scholars build stronger theoretical and methodological tools to address global audiences with local or regional data? What are the similarities and differences between the study of media and governance in Latin America and in the Global South? How can Latin American scholarship contribute to de-westernize media studies?

We welcome submissions that analyze such aspects both through theoretical reflections and/or empirical investigations.

Abstracts (350 words max) should be emailed to (conference.mediagovla /at/ by *January 30th*, 2020. Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than February 28th, 2020. Full papers of accepted abstracts that the author(s) wishes to be considered for publication should be submitted by 30th April, 2020 at: (conference.mediagovla /at/ Following the conference, selected papers will be invited to contribute to a thematically arranged publication submitted to editorial peer-review.

Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the pre-conference to (conference.mediagovla /at/

You can find more information and the CFP in English, Portuguese and Spanish here:

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