#MediaGovLA @ ICA 2018

ICA Preconference: Media and Governance in Latin America:

Towards a Plurality of Voices

Deadline January 30

24 May 2018 (Prague, Czech Republic)

68th Annual International Conference Association



The purpose of this pre-conference is to promote an intellectual exchange on the way the media interact with social, political, symbolic and technological changes in Latin America. More precisely, this pre-conference will analyze the role of the media in enabling the expression of a plurality of voices in the region. This ability is conditioned by existing communicational and structural legacies; by naturalized interactions between social political actors and institutions; by media policies and journalistic routines, as well as by the impact of digital and technological developments. We welcome submissions that explore innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to the role of the media in promoting pluralism.

The conference will explore the relationship between media and governance from a range of fields in social sciences and humanities, such as journalism studies, political communication, global communication, digital media, LGBT studies, political science, of discourse analysis, among others. We are interested in presentations that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Theories and Methods: To which extent can comparative studies reinvigorate academic debates beyond the region? How can scholars build stronger theoretical and methodological tools for overcoming the “case study” fixation? What are the similarities and differences between study of media and governance in Latin America and in the Global South? How can Latin American scholarship contribute to de-westernize media studies?
  • Media Systems, Pluralism, and Good Governance: Are current media systems in the region fostering or hindering the expression of a plurality of voices? What is the relationship between media, governance and the promotion of a plural debate? How are the news media interacting with the state, the private sector, civil society and the public for the promotion of a plural debate? 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 the inclusion of a plurality of voices in Latin America? How are the news media addressing topics that affect good governance in the region, such as violence, inequality, or corruption? To which extent are digital communication platforms incorporating previously marginalized themes (such as racial, gender and class-based inequality) and actors (indigenous communities, women, LGBT minorities)? Whose voices are more visible when it comes to fostering more inclusive media policies?
  • Communication for Social Change: What impact are agents of change, such as civil society groups, having in the media visibility of a range of voices and issues? How are online and offline digital platforms being used for giving voice and empowering previously marginalized communities? What is the impact of digital technologies and Internet access on social inequality, and how is the informational gap being addressed in the region?


The main purpose of this pre-conference is to promote an intellectual debate on the role of the news media in the promotion of good governance in Latin America. By bringing together senior scholars and young researchers, this initiative seeks to provide a space of exchange about the theoretical and methodological relevance of current debates. This pre-conference aims to address academic debates in the field of global media, media and development, and the de-westernization of media studies. We are sure that it will provide a forum of exchange for scholars from all over the world, and will provide them the opportunity to discuss theoretical and methodological approaches, country-based case studies, comparative projects and academic collaborations in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Keynote Speakers:

Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, United States).

Rafael Obregón (Communication for Development Section, UNICEF, United States).

Florencia Enghel (Stockholm University, Sweden).

Martín Becerra (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina).

Submission Process and attendance:

The abstracts (350 words max) should be emailed to conference.mediagovla@gmail.com by January 30, 2018. Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than February 10, 2018. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the preconference website in advance. Authors are expected to attend the preconference and present in person.

Full papers of accepted abstracts that the author(s) wishes to be considered for publication should be submitted by 30 April, 2018 at: conference.mediagovla@gmail.com. Paper submission details will be provided at a later date.

Following the preconference, selected papers will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed thematically arranged volume to be submitted to an international publisher.

Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the preconference to conference.mediagovla@gmail.com

After accepted presenters and panelists have registered, registration will be open to anyone. However, places will be limited.

The event will be held in Prague (location to be defined) on May 24th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Full fee delegates (75 USD). Students delegates (50 USD). Registration.

Special note:

The cycle of conferences ‘Media and Governance in Latin America’ was created in 2014. The three editions (2014, 2015 and 2016) of ‘Media and Governance’ have brought together over one hundred researchers in digital media, citizen media, investigative journalism and democratization. The conference has built a strong network of debate and has led to meaningful research collaborations. Furthermore, it has enhanced the role of British universities as a meeting ground for academics based in Europe and the Americas.


Ximena Orchard (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile).

Sara Garcia Santamaría (University of Sheffield United Kingdom).

Julieta Alejandra Brambila (Universidad de las Américas, Puebla).

Jairo Lugo-Ocando (University of Leeds, United Kingdom).

Sponsors and institutional allies:

School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Departamento de Comunicación, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México.

Departamento de Periodismo, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.

Facultad de Comunicación, Universidad de Sevilla, España.


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