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[Commlist] ICA 2020 Pre-conference: “Digital Media in Latin America”

Thu Jan 30 17:26:22 GMT 2020

  Call for Extended Abstracts

*ICA 2020 Preconference: “Digital Media in Latin America”***

*Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020*

Preconference Date and Time: May 21st, 2020, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

This preconference aims to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital media in Latin America. It is a follow up to the pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America that was part of the 2019 annual meeting of the International Communication Association. For this second edition, we have broadened the scope to include all digital media practices, not just journalism, to create a platform that can showcase the richness of a wider variety of relevant research in and about Latin America.

As both digital media production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital media as it is constructed and appropriated in other parts of the world. These are some possible topics (suitable additional topics will also be considered).

  * Latin American journalism has been described as less
    professionalized and less independent than in more stable
    democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulus,
    2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features
    affected the practices of online news production and the
    self-perception of reporters?
  * Misinformation and fake news have become a hot topic in the region,
    especially during the presidential elections in Mexico, Chile, and
    Brazil. What factors affect the spread of false information in
    digital environments, and how does it compare to the spread of fake
    news we have observed in the Global North?
  * Political communication in the region has become more polarized over
    the past couple of years. How does this trend contrast with
    comparable trends in other regions of the world?
  * Social movements to fight gender-based violence, such as
    #NiUnaMenos, have embraced the potential of digital media to
    self-organize and have their voices heard. How are these practices?
    How do these practices and results compare to other social movements
    outside of Latin America?
  * The ongoing migration of large swaths of Latin American populations
    has favored the adoption of peer-to-peer networks, such as WhatsApp,
    and social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook, to maintain
    and actualize familial relationships and, more generally, a sense of
    belonging to the countries of origin in Latin America. How do these
    practices redefine the social dynamics, both in the country of
    origin and in the country of destination? How are challenges and
    opportunities articulated in the use of digital media among Latin
    American migrants?

The *keynote speaker* will be Ingrid Bachmann, Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

*Information about submission:*

  * Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 500 words
    (excluding references) *no later than 16:00 UTC, January 31^st ,
    2020.* The following is the link to the submission form:
  *   The authors will be notified about whether their respective
    abstract has been accepted by February 15^th , 2020.
  * Attendance to the pre-conference has a USD 25.00 fee.

This pre-conference is possible in part due to generous support from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Nevada, Northwestern University in Qatar, and Northwestern University.
*If you have any other questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to (icapreconflatam /at/ <mailto:(icapreconflatam /at/>*
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