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Media, new technologies and development in Latin America: political, social and economic perspectives



This is a two-day conference. The first day takes place at City, University of London. The second day takes place at Loughborough University, London Campus.

Conference booking details will be available shortly.

About the conference

In an age of increasing media concentration and commercialisation, how can we envision a role for the media in development and for democracy? How can networked communications be better used by social movements, civil society and other marginalized groups who encounter difficulties in having a voice in the public sphere? How can ICTs (information and communication technologies) be used for development? How are feminist NGOs and women’s groups at present making use of communication tools and technologies to shape policy and pursue social change at a global and local level? What are some of the theoretical frameworks on communications and social change that we need to revisit? What are the more appropriate methodologies to study communication for social change (CSC) in the digital era? These are some of the many questions that these workshops, which will be held at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and at City, University of London, ahead of the 2018 IAMCR (International Association in Media and Communication Research) conference in Spain, seek to address. Our keynote speeches will be delivered by professors Thomas Tufte, current Director for the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London and Toby Miller, former director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough.

Our workshops invite research proposals which aim to address the role of the media and communications in social change, for the benefit of social and economic development of countries and of local contexts and inserted within wider debates on democratization of these societies. Our concerns here include the role of communications and new technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development, the use of participatory approaches in community, indigenous and social movements, the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, particularly in relation to media and how communication tools can be used for activism and political engagement.

Our research also examines community radios and tvs and the use of media by marginalized and underrepresented groups, the development and support of community-based media organizations, the benefits of alternative forms of journalism, the role of NGOs in development and the use of media by international organizations and social movements. We also invite theoretical contributions in the field of communication and social change (CSC), gender, media and development, policy advocacy and activism through communications. The workshops are organized by Dr. Carolina Matos, senior lecturer in Media and Sociology, Department of Sociology, City, University of London, and by Adilson Cabral, associate professor in Social Communications at UFF.

Call for extended abstracts

We invite extended abstracts for our following four panels:

1) Communication for development and the role of the state in sustainable communications

(chairs: Gabriel Kaplún and Amparo Cadavid);

2) Media activism and marginalized populations

(chairs: Andrea Medrado and João Paulo Malerba);

3) Media, social movements and questions of gender

(chairs: Carolina Matos and Eliana Herrera Huerfano);

4) Media, nationalisms and populisms

(chairs: João Feres and María Soledad Segura).

Abstract submission deadline -  15th April 2019
Maximum word limit - 500 words
Please include names and affiliations of all authors. Please indicate who will be giving the paper if successful and which panel the paper is intended for.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to  Associate Professor Dr. Adilson Cabral, Social Communications, UFF, Brazil and Dr. Carolina Matos, Senior lecturer in Media and Sociology, City, University of London

Keynote speakers

Professor Thomas Tufte

Bio: Professor Tufte is an internationally leading scholar in the field of communication for social change. His expertise and experience lie in critically exploring the interrelations between media production, communicative practices and processes of social and structural change. Tufte has worked in approximately 30 countries worldwide and has collaborated with a broad range of international development corporations including Unicef, Unesco and the Rockfeller Foundation.

Professor Toby Miller

Bio: Toby’s areas of expertise include cultural studies and media studies. He has published forty books, has written numerous articles, and is a guest commentator on television and radio programmes across the globe. In 2004, Miller became a full-time professor at University of California, Riverside (UCR). As of December 2008, he chairs the new Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the UCR. Preceding his professorship at UCR and Loughborough University London, Miller was a professor at New York University.

Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Bio: Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural anthropology. He was previously at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of Amsterdam. He holds a part time chair at Maastricht University. He currently focuses on new trends in twenty-first century globalization and the implications of economic crisis. He has been visiting professor in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Thailand. He is on the editorial board of Clarity Press, the Journal of Global Studies and e-global, and is associate editor of the European Journal of Social Theory, Ethnicities, Third Text and the Journal of Social Affairs. He edits book series on Emerging societies (Routledge) and New trends in globalization (Palgrave Macmillan).

Workshops Schedule

City, University of London

4th July 2019 from 9am to 8pm (submissions open until 15th April 2019)

9.00 - Opening - key speaker
Thomas Tufte / Carolina Matos

10.00 - Panel 1: Communication for Development and the role of the State for the sustainability of the communication system
guests: Gabriel Kaplún, Amparo Cadavid + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

11.30 – Panel 2: Media activism and marginalized populations
guests: Andrea Medrado and João Paulo Malerba + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

13.00 – lunch

14.00 – Panel 3: Media, social movements and questions of gender
guests: Carolina Matos, Eliana Herrera Huerfano + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

16.30 - Panel 4: Media, nationalisms and populisms
guests: João Feres, Maria Soledad Segura + 2 approved presentations with the call for expanded abstracts

18.00 - Closure - key speaker
Toby Miller, moderator: Adilson Cabral

Cultural presentation

Loughborough University London Campus, 5th July 2019 (Olympic Park, Stratford)

9.30 – Jan Nederveen Pieterse talk - respondent Oscar Hemer

11.00 - Network event from Redecambio, with Amparo Cadavid

13.00 - Lunch and end.

Contact and further information

Dr. Carolina Matos -

Dr. Carolina Matos, Senior lecturer in Media and Sociology and Programme Director of the MAs in Media and Communications and International Communications and Development. Matos work is in the field of media, gender and development. She teaches on the UG and PG programmes at the Department of Sociology, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, 44020-7040-4172.

Associate Professor Dr. Adilson Cabral -

Adilson Cabral is Professor of the Social Communications course at UFF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with speciality in Publicity and Propaganda, Cabral teaches on the Postgraduate programme in Media and Everyday Life (PPGMC). He has a post-doctorate in Communications from the University of Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, and is also coordinator of the EMERGE – Centre of Research and Production in Communications and Emergency and a researcher of COMUNI.

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When & where

From Thursday 4th July 2019 to Friday 5th July 2019

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom