European Communication Research
and Education Association
Edited by: Dalton, D., & Ramirez Plascencia, D.
Imagining Latinidad examines how Latin American migrants use technology for public engagement, social activism, and to build digital, diasporic communities. Thanks to platforms like Facebook and YouTube, immigrants from Latin America can stay in contact with the culture they left behind. Members of these groups share information related to their homeland through discussions of food, music, celebrations, and other cultural elements. Despite their physical distance, these diasporic virtual communities are not far removed from the struggles in their homelands, and migrant activists play a central role in shaping politics both in their home country and in their host country.
Table of Contents:
1 Introduction: Imagining Latinidad in Digital Diasporas. David S. Dalton and David Ramírez Plascencia
Part 1 Civic and Political Engagement
2 Pleito y Piedad: Continuity in Religious Conflict and Identity in Rural Morelos and its Diaspora. Jason H. Dormady
3 Oaxacalifornia and the Shaping of Virtual Spaces for Collective Action. Anna Marta Marini
4 Exploiting Liminal Legality: Inclusive Citizenship Models in the Online Discourse of United We Dream. David S. Dalton
5 Digitizing Transit and Borders: Social Media Use during Forced Migration through Mexico to The United States. Nancy Rios-Contreras
6 Latin Americans in London: Digital Diasporas and Social Activism. Jessica Retis and Patria Román-Velázquez
7 Digital Diasporas and Civic Engagement: The Case of Venezuelan Migrants in Mexico. David Ramírez Plascencia
Part 2 Digital Media and the Construction of Diasporic Communities
8 Solidarity and Mobility of Information among Brazilian Au Pairs in Online Forums. Amanda Arrais
9 YouTube Channels of Mexicans Living in Japan: Virtual Communities and Bi-Cultural Imagery Construction. Yunuen Ysela Mandujano-Salazar
10 Radio Haitiano en Tijuana: An Alternative and Aesthetic Communication Device on the Border. Diana Denisse Merchant Ley and Karla Castillo Villapudua
11 Latinidad Ambulante: Collaborative Community Formation Week by Week. Carmen Gabriela Febles
12 Public Engagement and the Performance of Identity on Instagram of Heritage Speakers of Spanish Studying in Spain. Covadonga Lamar Prieto and Álvaro González Alba
13 Scientific Diasporas: Knowledge Production, Know-How Transfer and the Role of Virtual Platforms. The Case of Colombian Association of Researchers in Switzerland, ACIS. María del Pilar Ramírez Gröbli
14 Latin American Diasporas amid a Pandemic, Hyperconnected and Polarized Context. David Ramírez Plascencia and David S. Dalton.
Edited By: Tonny Krijnen, Paul G. Nixon, Michelle D. Ravenscroft, Cosimo Marco Scarcelli
This edited collection illuminates the scope with which identities and intimacies interact on a wide range of social media platforms.
A varied range of international scholars examine the contexts of very different social media spaces, with topics ranging from whitewashing and memes, parental discourses in online activities, Spotify as an intimate social media platform, neoliberalisation of feminist discourses, digital sex work, social media wars in trans debates and ‘BimboTok’. The focus is on their acceleration and impact due to the specificities of social media in relation to identities, intimacies within the broad ‘political’ sphere. The geographic range of case study material reflects the global impact of social media, and includes data from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
This enlightening and rigorous collection will be of key interest to scholars in media studies and gender studies, and to scholars and professionals of social media.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
February 1-3, 2023
Nova University of Lisbon
Deadline: December 20, 2022
Open calls for communications and artist residencies
Call for papers, artist residencies and INN 2023 Awards – Media Innovation Awards (only for Portuguese context) are open until December 20th in the scope of INN 2023 – I International Conference on Media Innovation, which will be held at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at NOVA University of Lisbon between February 1st and 3rd, 2023.
Dedicated to the theme “(Per)forming Innovation”, the first edition of this annual conference aims to explore the concept of innovation from a conceptual and performative point of view in the media sector and also the innovative use of digital media in other contexts (such as artistic, cultural or creative). The programme includes a makeathon for PhD students and young researchers, workshops and master classes, theoretical discussions, debates with professionals, hybrid sessions, artist residencies, and the first edition of media innovation awards.
Regarding abstract proposals, contributions that focus on various dimensions of innovation in the media and other creative industries are encouraged.
Concerningproposals for artist residencies, physical and virtual artistic experiences that concretize the “(Per)forming innovation” concept, capable of involving the public, are encouraged.
There are also two journals associated with the event for authors who wish to submit full papers after the conference: Media & Journalism journal will host a limited selection of the best papers subject to a prior peer review process; Journal of Communication and Languages will edit a thematic issue dedicated to media innovation in artistic and cultural contexts, to be published in 2024, with a selection of the best articles subject to a peer-review process. Both are indexed in Scopus.
All information is available in the conference area, at https://obi.media/en/inn2023/
May 29-30, 2023
Deadline: January 15, 2023
Novel Directions in Media Innovation and Funding is an ICA post-conference on innovation in journalism that will bring together global scholars and leading journalists to address three key areas:
Journalists will be invited to participate in the discussions to build bridges between academic researchers and practitioners. By assembling this shared expertise, this conference aims to galvanize those who seek meaningful repair, reform and/or transformation of journalism.
The conference will be held in a central location in downtown Toronto on the evening of Monday May 29 and the day of Tuesday May 30, 2023. A registration fee of $75 Canadian ($25 for students and scholars from the Global South) includes two meals.
We invite submissions from scholars on topics related to journalism funding and media policy, innovative funding approaches, and on the role of digital news start-ups in reimagining journalism. Please submit using this form.
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2023. Submissions will be selected by the organizers, Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young, University of British Columbia. Presenters will be notified by February 17, 2023.
Questions, comments or suggestions? Get in touch with us at email@example.com
September 14-15, 2023
Almada Negreiros College - ICNOVA Lisbon
Deadline: February 28, 2023
The Association of Historians of Communication invites researchers to participate in the XVIII Congress of AsHiscom, which will take place on the 14th and 15th of September in Lisbon, organized by the Communication Institute of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The main theme is Communication, History and Memory, and all works that contribute to debating the production and communication of collective memory in Ibero-American space and promoting the search and analysis of fair memory policies are welcome.
The call for papers is open until February 28th.
See the complete information and access the submission platform through xviiiashiscom2023.fcsh.unl.pt/pt/chamada-de-trabalhos/
Deadline for proposals: December 30, 2022
Call for Chapters
Published by Lexington Books, August 2023
Edited by Tomás Dodds (Leiden University)
VR, AR, and 360 videos are storytelling tools that require journalists to navigate new narratives and platforms. Immersive technologies can amplify feelings of presence for the audience, allowing for deeper emotional engagement and information recall. Therefore, immersive technologies present unique ethical and practical questions for journalism, as its production is linked to biometrical, sensory, and metadata collection. Consequently, conversations about future-proofing newsrooms for the metaverse have gained increasing academic and societal attention over the last few years. This edited book is one of the first to ask: How do immersive technologies affect newsmaking, and what impact do they have on journalistic norms, audience engagement, and data protection?
This volume will be divided into three sections. The first section looks at how the empathy- generating nature of 360-degree videos impacts journalists producing the news and which ethical norms and values media workers consider when making the news. The second section of this book delves deeper into platform infrastructures and the narratives allowed by their affordances. This book's third and final section explores how new users’ data is made available to journalists through these technologies and presents the ethical and regulatory challenges associated with this recent phenomenon.
• Content Production & Journalistic Cultures: This book's first section addresses how journalists use new platforms to create novel types of content. Immersive technologies allow the users to gain first-person experiences of the events presented by journalists, which radically transforms the reporters' role in constructing news narratives. This section describes how VR technologies are transforming working cultures within newsrooms, including the diversification of professional roles and the upgrade in the materiality required to produce 360-degree and VR content. Possible questions for this section include: (1) how newsrooms are adapting their infrastructure to produce VR content, (2) how journalists are navigating professional and ethical questions surrounding the production of immersive content, and (3) reporters' imaginaries about the future of the news industry across the world.
• Narratives & Platforms Infrastructures: Virtual reality has shown promising results in recent studies on information recall and emotional engagement. Unlike two- dimensional (2D) videos, immersive 360-degree videos using a VR headset impact the audience differently, even when the based content is similar between the two formats. This makes the role that third-party platforms play in constructing virtual worlds even more critical as journalists adapt to the affordances of these platforms to build the news. As journalists look for spaces in the metaverse, new processes of gathering, processing, and designing information emerge across newsrooms. Possible questions for this section include: (1) platforms' affordances and their impact on news production, (2) VR languages and platform narratives for the creation of immersive content, and (3) how immersive technologies could increase the dependency between newsrooms and third- party platforms like Facebook and Google in different countries.
• Audiences Metrics & Data Protection: The material design of virtual and augmented reality technologies allows platforms and third-party companies to collect, analyze and distribute unquantifiable amounts of individual user data. VR headsets, some of which include brainwave sensors and eye-tracking technologies, allow the collection of three distinct categories of data to create virtual worlds. Firstly, physical data, such as body motion or visual attention-cueing, is collected through new generations of headsets or hand-based inputs. Secondly, biometrical data is collected through sensors that measure and record voluntary and involuntary bodily signals. Thirdly, metadata is naturally also recorded by platforms in the metaverse. Everything becomes data points for media to better understand their users, from avatars to microtransactions to friends and interactions. Possible questions for this section include: (1) what type of ethical considerations journalists have when dealing with user data, (2) how journalists are using new types of data to construct news stories, and (3) how these new categories of data impact the construction of media’s agenda.
*Please email chapter proposals of up to 500 words in length, as well as a brief author biographical information (150 words) to Tomás Dodds (firstname.lastname@example.org) – no later than Friday, December 30th. Please indicate for which section you are proposing your chapter.
*Notification of acceptance will be sent in January 2023.
*After feedback, complete chapters (6000-7000 words) are due on April 24th for editing. The book is expected to be published as a hardcover edition in August 2023.
A contract has been signed with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). No payment from the authors will be required.
Editor: Tomás Dodds is an Assistant Professor in Journalism and New Media at Leiden University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is also a researcher in the AI, Media & Democracy Lab in the Netherlands and the Artificial Intelligence and Society Hub [IA+SIC] in Chile.
May 4-5, 2023
University of Bologna, Department of Arts (Italy)
Deadline for proposals: 29 January 2023
Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
Result notification: 15 February 2023
In recent years, Korean cultural industries have established themselves as among the most dynamic and successful at the global level, both artistically and commercially. Supported by a series of worldwide successes in different areas, the Korean Wave has become one key example of non-Western cultural production that was able to engage global audiences and to influence the way in which they consume pop culture. In this process, Korean cultural production has been able to diversify its offer and to adapt to the transformative changes brought by new social and digital media technologies.
The conference will focus on exploring the different aspects of contemporary Korean cultural production, with an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspective, including the many different sectors that compose the Korean Wave: film and TV production; music; performing arts; visual art; comics, graphic novels and webtoons; animation; videogames and e-sports; fashion and food. The aim is analyzing the multiple factors that have made this growth possible, the specific characteristics of cultural industries and cultural production in the Korean context, the different influences that shaped this production and how Korea’s success is now influencing other contexts, the historical development and changes of the Korean Wave, the socio-political and economic effects and impact of the spread of Korean cultural products both inside and outside Korea. In particular, we welcome contributions dealing with recent developments and changes in Korean cultural production, the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities for cultural industries, the integration of culture and technology, new trends in the development of cultural production.
Submissions should include an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) and be sent to email@example.com before 29 January 2023.
Proposals from PhD students, early career researchers and independent scholars are welcome.
Publication plan: at the end of the conference, we will look for an opportunity to publish an edited volume.
Enquiries can be directed to: Dr. Mary Lou Emberti Gialloreti, University of Bologna, firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies.
May 24, 2023
The conference is organized by the Digital Democracies Institute (Simon Fraser University) and York University and will take place in Toronto on May 24, 2023 (one day before the beginning of ICA).
For this pre-conference, we seek critical explorations of authenticity and authentication as they relate to digital manipulation and digital artifice.
How is authenticity caught, created, faked, authenticated and managed through digital assemblages?
We are particularly interested in research that examines the fabrication of digitally mediated authentic experiences, be they non-conscious and habitual, or spectacular and deeply meaningful. We are interested in research that explores how objects and persons come to be seen and experienced as authentic and inauthentic, which includes paying attention to how authenticity – in its affective, emotional, non-conscious and cognitive dimensions – is constructed via technical affordances, media habits, political rhetoric, mass-personal communication, network rhythms, recommendation algorithms and targeted campaigns. Equally, we are interested in work that critically and creatively challenges the articulation of authenticity with misinformation.
We welcome a wide array of methodological approaches – qualitative, quantitative, speculative, creative, participatory, collaborative and others. We are open to different formats of intervention, from traditional papers to research-creation. We also welcome proposals for short workshops (1 hour length), demonstrations and other modes of collaborative inquiries.
A full description of the conference is available here.
Please submit 150-200 words abstract to ICA2023Preconf@gmail.com by December 20, 2022. Notices of acceptance will be sent on 11 January 2023.
Key details and dates:
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 9:00 - 17:00
Venue: York University, Toronto
Division affiliation: Communication & Technology Division
Fee: Registration will be free
Call for Abstract deadline: December 20, 2022
Ganaele Langlois (Communication and Media Studies, York University)
Wendy Chun (Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University)
Alberto Lusoli (Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University)
Anthony Burton (School of Communication, Simon Fraser University)
March 22 - 23, 2023
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Deadline: December 15, 2022
CARGC Fellows’ symposium
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, the 2023 biannual fellows’ symposium will reflect on evolving concepts and methodologies in the field of global communication and media studies. We are witnessing ongoing global crises, from widespread displacements and climate disasters, to pandemics and the rising threat of fascism. In light of these circumstances, we invite emerging scholars, artists, and activists to explore what a global approach to media and communication can do today. What is at stake in studying global communication and media at this historical moment?
We seek to decenter Western epistemologies by foregrounding the local, the situated, and the relational interconnectedness of cultures, institutions, and infrastructures through media. In an effort to think beyond the national frameworks typically employed by area studies, we foreground transregional methods and frameworks of study that situate the global within the local and vice versa. Bringing together questions of the global and the local allows us as scholars to be reflective and reflexive, to situate our own scholarship within the world, rather than from an imagined, 'objective' outside.
We invite scholarly and creative projects, including research papers, creative writing, video essays or documentaries, sound or audio projects, artistic installations, and performances. We welcome submissions from early career scholars, as well as artists and activists whose work engages these issues. Submissions from scholars, artists, and activists based in the Global South are particularly encouraged. Topics may include:
The keynote address will be given by Professor Purnima Mankekar.
Conference Format & Timeline
The CARGC Fellows symposium will take place at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and online on March 22 & 23, 2023. The symposium is planned as a hybrid event, with in-person participation highly encouraged. It will feature a keynote address by Dr. Purnima Mankekar and roundtable sessions (in which participants will give 5-8 minute flash presentations of their work). Senior scholars will act as discussion facilitators for the roundtable sessions, responding to and providing feedback on participants’ work. The purpose of these roundtables is to foster discussion between participants before opening up to a wider Q&A from the audience. Accepted participants will also be invited to a professional development workshop on teaching global media studies and communication.
Keynote address and in-person roundtable sessions will be made accessible to global audiences through Zoom. Please note that the professional development workshop is for symposium presenters only.
Accepted participants with financial need may apply for a travel grant to offset a portion of the cost of travel
Timeline: Submission deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2022. Acceptance notifications will be sent to selected participants by late January 2023. Please note that although all sessions will be held in a roundtable format, participants are still asked to circulate their conference-length papers and/or creative work to their roundtable chair.
Important Note: Participant(s) may only submit one proposal to the conference. Proposals should be uploaded through our submission platform here
Academic Paper Submissions:
Creative and Multimodal Work Submissions:
Please note that to keep the conference interactive and to leave room for questions and discussion, participants must be available to present their work synchronously during the conference, either in person or via Zoom.
Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2022. For any questions or concerns, e-mail email@example.com
Submit your proposal HERE
Deadline: December 16, 2023
Over the past decade, research on journalistic role performance—defined as the study of how particular journalistic norms and ideals are collectively negotiated and result in specific practices—has become very important among scholars from the Global North and South, providing a more thorough understanding of the processes behind journalistic practices in relation to normative expectations in a fluid media environment.
While journalists must adapt, adjust, and perform multiple roles on a daily basis in response to ever-changing circumstances, shifting norms, rapidly changing technology, political polarization, and a years-long pandemic are making the profession more challenging than ever. In public discourse, journalists are often derided as failing to live up to their duties to serve society, and public distrust with media performance is widespread and by many accounts increasing. At the same time, journalists across the world are working in smaller newsrooms, covering a variety of beats, feeding more platforms, often in environments that offer little job security. How do these circumstances impact the performance of journalistic roles? How is the performance of journalistic roles shaped in the news, and how do journalistic ideals compare to actual practice?
As a concept, role performance conceives of journalism as a social practice, focusing on the interplay between political economy, agency, and the structure of the media. This epistemic umbrella provides a strong theoretical and empirical framework to account for the fluid, dynamic nature of journalistic roles and to explore the constant tension between norms, ideals, and the practices of journalists and news organizations in different institutional settings.
This special issue explores the factors shaping journalistic roles, what roles journalists most frequently perform in their newsrooms, the way journalists feel they can perform multiple roles, to what extent journalistic ideals consistently or fully match the real-world behavior of journalists and the content of news media in different newsrooms, how this varies across space and time, and how this affects the way audiences evaluate the profession.
We welcome empirical and theoretical submissions that contribute to the further development of this research area. Contributions to this special issue may employ different methodological and theoretical approaches and study professional roles and role performance from different levels of analysis.
A conference related to this special issue, “Between ideals and practices: Journalistic role performance in transformative times,” will be held by Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) in May, 2023 before the ICA Conference. People interested in submitting to the special issue are encouraged, but not required, to submit to this conference as well.
The special issue aims to bring together innovative, thought-provoking contributions, from different national and regional contexts, exploring a range of topics, including:
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