XIV ALAIC Congress 2018

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the XIV ALAIC congress that will take place at the University of Costa Rica on July 30, 31 and August 1, 2018 at the Faculty of Social Sciences and whose theme will be:
Central theme:

Communication in diverse societies: Horizons of inclusion, equity and democracy.


- Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC).
- Communication Research Center (CICOM) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).


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The Interest Groups are activities of reflection and confrontation of perspectives on emerging or relevant topics for the country or region hosting each ALAIC congress. These groups are defined for each Congress and are proposed by the participants.
GI 1. Cinema and audiovisual in Latin America
The cinema is an artistic manifestation of great importance in Latin America, having in the region countries with the most thriving production, such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, with filmmakers of reference throughout the History of Cinema, apart from the fact that films of Several other Latin American countries with less cinematographic tradition, such as Colombia, Peru and Paraguay, have also stood out in important international festivals in recent years.
We believe that it is fundamental to have in the ALAIC congress a group dedicated specifically to the study of cinematographic art, with an emphasis on its aesthetics (as well as the use of film analysis techniques in its study), history and its relationship with other arts (literature, music, dance, etc.), even if we are not looking at the growing convergence of cinema with other audio-visual devices. Além disso, comparisons between films and historical aspects of Latin American cinematography can broaden the understanding of its production as a whole.
Considering that a large part of the Latin-American productions have the theme of gender relations and social elements, or in-depth study of cinema in Latin America is also key to the understanding of imaginaries, identity discourses and the constitution of subjectivities, being essential as well for an understanding of the social changes that have occurred in the countries of Latin America throughout their history.
Also we currently have the possibility of cheapening productions using digital technology, from the perspective of releases in cinemas in their respective countries and distribution both in Latin America and in the rest of the world, it still looks like a big gargalo. Co-productions between countries of the region or the same with other continents have also become an attempt to expand distribution and exhibition. Another phenomenon is the “exportation” of directors and actors to Hollywood (famous cases, two Mexican Alejandro Iñárritu and Puerto Rican Benício del Toro), or that imposes a questão de até that this would be a transnational cinema, or better, a cinema that, while feito with American capital, still maintains ties with its cinematography of origin.
Objectives: to deal with cinematographic and audiovisual production in Latin America, both from an aesthetic point of view and from its history, as well as aspects related to production, distribution and exhibition, interaction with other audiovisual media and relationship with the other arts, trying to understand their socio-cultural, political and economic effects.
Theme events
  • Historical aspects of Latin American cinema
  • Image aesthetics of our Latin American cinema
  • Convergence of cinema with other audiovisual means
  • Intermedialities: o latin-american cinema and other arts
  • Modes of production, distribution and exhibition of Latin American cinema
  • Cinema and genre in Latin America
Coordinators:Luiza Lusvarghi CELACC/University of São Paulo, Brazil, [email protected] Luiza Alvim. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, [email protected] Lorena Antezana Barrios University of Chile, Chile, [email protected]
IG 2. Television fiction and transmedia narrative
The Television Fiction, Transmedia Narrative Interest Group invites Latin American researchers to submit research papers that focus on television narratives, transmedia products, and transformations of fiction genres, their social and technological mediations, and inscribed in the proposed thematic axes.
Objectives: The television fiction and transmedia narrative group aims to analyze and reflect on television narratives, transmedia products and the transformations of fictional genres, their relationships with other audiovisual spaces, their social and technological mediations.This means observing the contents of fiction products - classic and transmedia - with the implications that these have in the construction of imaginaries, social memories and cultural significance. We start by understanding television fiction as a space for the representation of the various subjectivities, as one of the areas in which social concerns are made visible, points of view and arguments are built on different issues of the social agenda. These characteristics of the stories transform the dynamics of uses and consumption of the audiences, since the audiovisual products dialogue directly with them.From this point of view, fictional television productions have special importance for the field of Communication as privileged objects for discussion not only of genres, formats and production models, but also of the transformations in the ways of producing, distributing and consuming. fictional content. These questions present key points regarding the ways of construction and mediatization of fictional stories marked both by a constant and extensive process of feedback between platforms and by transmediation.
Thematic Axes:
  • Television Fiction, contents, genres and formats: narrative forms, imaginaries and social memory.
  • Transmedia fictional narratives, characteristics and peculiarities.
  • Transformations of fiction television genres from the framework of transmediation.
  • Transmedia creation and re-elaboration processes.
  • Transformations in the modes of consumption and articulation with daily life Fanfiction
Coordinators:Maria Cristina Palma Mungioli. University of São Paulo. Brazil. [email protected] Sanchez Vilela. Catholic University of Uruguay. Uruguay. [email protected] Cassano. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Peru. [email protected]
IG 3. Communication, gender and sexual diversity
This Interest Group is created as a space for synthesis and discussion of the complex relationship between communication and gender; as categories and in their concrete political expressions, either taking from the representations of gender in the media, or thinking and making visible the uses, as is the case of the women's and LGTBI movements have appropriated technologies to build narratives own communications. We intend to open a space for the critical discussion of this relationship, from an interdisciplinary and diverse perspective. We believe that, in the current political context of the region, it is necessary to share some key questions regarding issues that affect us as societies and that have women and girls, and sexually diverse populations, as central subjects of said inquiry. We live in mediatized societies in which the representation of women, of sexually diverse groups, of masculinities and femininities, (in the news, film and television fiction, advertising), affect our daily lives, reproducing gender stereotypes, making invisible diversities, promoting hate speech, which violates the communicative rights of women, girls and sexually diverse populations. These issues have been the subject of study, discussion and denunciation by academics, professional social organizations of communication, since the 1970s, when the issue began to be part of the political and research agenda of feminism and in the agenda policy of international organizations. Therefore, we are not talking about a "new" issue, but about a concern that has articulated reflection, political incidence and alternative communicative production for transformation and social change, understanding that gender relations are produced intersectionally, that is, they are marked by other vulnerabilities and discriminations that affect us as women. The mass media, whether in print or audiovisual formats, whether from journalistic notes, advertising discourse, fiction, have been in the crosshairs of feminist studies that analyze the representation of women in general and of violence against women in particular. This, because the media contribute not only to the reproduction of gender stereotypes, but also to the naturalization of inequality marked by sexual difference. But the traditional media scenario is not the only one in which the relationship between communication and gender is expressed. New technologies have opened spaces for the production of content, the reorganization of interpersonal relationships and the complexity of sex-gender relationships mediated by computers and other technological devices. For these reasons, we want this Interest Group to offer the opportunity for academics, professionals, activists from different areas of communication, to be able, in a space of collective construction, to exchange and discuss the complex relationship between gender and communication, both from the production of research, as well as from political experiences and communicative production. We hope that these discussions take place within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange, learning and multiple theories that contribute to enriching the field of communication and gender studies in the region.
  • Promote academic exchange between researchers in the region on gender and communication
  • Produce updated theoretical and methodological knowledge on the subject and in dialogue with the contexts of the region
  • Generate research articulations that promote studies and exchanges of experiences between research centers, researchers and social organizations.
Thematic Axes:
  • Media narratives of violence against women
  • History of communication from the perspective of women
  • Construction of the professional field of communication: equity, gender equality and diversity
  • Communication and gender policies
  • Theoretical-methodological constructions of the relationship between feminism, gender and communication
  • Masculinities: representations, identities and the dispute over the construction of meanings
  • Gender and sexual identities in the construction of communication rights
  • Audiovisual and transmedia narratives: breaking stereotypes from representation
  • Feminisms and popular education: a view from communication
Coordinator:Patricia Vega Jiménez, Communication Research Center, University of Costa Rica
Vice-coordination:Yanet Martínez Toledo: [email protected], Communication Research Center, University of Costa Rica
GI 4. Communication-Decoloniality
The decolonization of communicational thought and action is a proposal that is gaining strength in Latin America from the horizon opened by the epistemological, theoretical and historical criticism that comes from the questioning of Western predominance that emerged with the civilizing project of the Modernity and capitalism. It is, in short, about re-humanizing the concepts and practices of social processes of significant (inter)relationship and overcoming the constraints of western-centric models and giving rise to a critical epistemic-political project that supposes a territorial, cultural and communicational other. This perspective was integrated into the reflections developed at the XIII Congress of the Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC) in 2016, the first time the Communication-Decoloniality Interest Group (IG) met and held sessions. Now, within the framework of the theme of the ALAIC Congress 2018, "Communication in diverse societies. Horizons of inclusion, equity and democracy”, it is considered opportune to give continuity to the reflection, discussion, dialogue and construction of another communicational knowledge that, from decoloniality, contributes to clarifying categories, territories, enunciations, agents and praxis in the field of Communication.
In this sense, the GI expects to receive the following products:
  • Papers that present advances or results of research work.
  • Reflection essays and/or theoretical proposition.
  • Descriptive-evaluative systematization of concrete experiences.
  • Communication products (documentaries, testimonials or photographic, cinematographic, radio, television, digital or transmedia projects).
To be admitted, the products must show their explicit relationship with the perspective of Decolonial Communication and enroll in the three thematic axes proposed.
Objectives:a. GeneralThe Interest Group (IG) aims to nurture a plural critical space for knowledge, discussion, analysis and exchange on the decolonization of concepts and communication processes in or from Latin America that give rise to thoughts, agencies and other narratives.
b. Specifics
  • Recover the geo-historical-political-cultural perspective of/in communication processes.
  • Reflect on the colonization/decolonization of communicational thought.
  • Socialize and reflect on other agencies and narratives in communication-decoloniality processes
Thematic axes:The IG will be guided by three axes:
  • Decolonization of Latin American communicational thought and communicational processes: What challenges and advances exist at the epistemological and theoretical levels; What has been the historical journey (political, philosophical, cultural) of Latin American communicational thought?
  • Agents, spaces and decolonial narratives in Communication: Who are the protagonists of decolonial otherness; in what spaces and how are the decolonizing processes narrated; how decolonial thought contributes to the emergence of other narratives configured outside the modern/colonial eurocentric narrative; What practices and discourses emerge in contexts where the logic of modern/colonial power is called into question?
  • Decolonizing communicational experiences: What methodologies and experiences, disruptive of the hegemonic epistemic order, have forged the construction of links and shared work between historically subalternized communities, practices and knowledge?
Coordinators:Erick Torrico [email protected] Simón Bolívar Andean University, Bolivia. Eloína Castro [email protected] University of the Valley of Mexico, Mexico. Nelson Osorio [email protected] University of Cauca, Colombia.
Vice-coordination:Yanet Martínez Toledo: [email protected], Communication Research Center, University of Costa Rica
Workshops are an academic dynamic created for production and active learning, allowing experimentation, collective production and/or the exchange of experiences around a given issue. They will be developed in parallel to the Thematic Groups and Interest Groups. The Workshops will be open to researchers, teachers and undergraduate students.
T1. Critical Reading for Media
This office aims to raise a critical understanding of how the discourse used by the media can contribute to shaping public opinion. The purpose presented here aims to offer the participants theoretical and practical notions on the various mechanisms for the construction of information, whether through newspaper content, advertising or the fiction broadcast in soap operas.



Franciani Bernardes Frizera: [email protected]
Edgard Rebouças: [email protected]
Maria Nazareth Bis Pirola: [email protected]
Media Observatory: human rights, policies, systems and transparency at the Nucleus of Studies in Social Movements and Practices Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil)
T2. Communication policies with a human rights approach
The workshop aims to make a brief introduction to communication policies with a human rights approach, based on the analysis of cases from countries in the region and subsequently the collective construction of policy proposals that account for the challenges that are presented in this area and how they effectively contribute to inclusion, equity and the strengthening of democracy.Work methodology: First moment: analyze some cases (policies, programs, strategies and/or campaigns of public institutions of countries in the region) that allow identifying the tensions and elements of the law and communication approach, and the factors that influence in terms of restrictions and opportunities for decision-making and the formulation of communication policies with a focus on rights.Second moment: collectively design a communication policy, a development strategy or plan that considers the rights approach, that is viable, incorporating the principles of equality, participation and accountability. For this moment, the formation of work teams is proposed according to the number of participants.
Coordination: Corina Leguizamón: [email protected] Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH) of MERCOSUR based in Buenos Aires, Argentina
T3. Oral History and Memory: theoretical-methodological perspectives for Communication Studies in Latin America Maria
This office intends to introduce the participants to the use of Oral History as a theoretical-methodological element, analyzing the problem of memory and the two uses of oral sources in research in Communication. The main questions that involve the social production of Memories and Oral History, such as research methodology and technique, will be discussed, at the same time theoretical and practical subsidies will be presented for the development of their research. The objective is to discuss concepts and strategies for the analysis of interviews that mark this field. Likewise, notions of memory/sketch, temporality, identity, imaginary and narratives will be introduced. It is intended, finally, to develop reflections on methodological aspects, expanding the possibilities of assertive choices for an expansion of two research horizons.
Structure: a) Brief account of Oral History. b) Oral History as a methodology. c) Culture and stories of communities: a search for identities. d) Case studies: examples of approaches to oral sources in folk communication research.
Coordination: Erica de Oliveira Lima: [email protected] Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil.Elinaldo da Silva Meira: [email protected] Faculdade Paulus de Tecnologia e Comunicação (FAPCOM), Brazil.Juliana Hermenegildo da Silva: [email protected] Willian Lopes: [email protected] Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil (UFRN).
T4. Social media and journalism: content and engagement monitoring
The objective of the office is to discuss the relationship between social media and journalism and guide the development of a basic plan for monitoring topics of interest to the two participants, considering the publication of journal content and the engagement of the public. It will use exposition/discussion of basic concepts as a methodology, followed by presentation of models so that the expected product can be elaborated.
The office develops from the exposition/discussion of basic concepts for the elaboration of the clam proposal, which are:

Social media: With access to the web, social networks will be formed in another environment, not cyberspace, expanding through social media (platforms available on sites that promote the constitution of these networks), Any debate can obtain a much greater scope and richness, because there is space for posting comments and new content, available to all and any member of the network, corresponding, obviously, to the privacy criteria set by the moderator or creator of the profile.

Engagement: A state of being involved, occupied, totally absorbed or engrossed in something (or seja, keeping attention), which generates the consequences of a special attraction or force of repulsion. The most engaged individuals will approach or repel a target when more value is added or subtracted from it (HIGGINS; SCHOLER, 2009 apud MARRA; DAMACENA, 2012, p. 236-7). The material is available at .br/files/2013.2.6.pdf
The second part of the office is intended to list the necessary elements to prepare a basic plan for monitoring newspaper content, based on models to be presented to the participants. This stage is essential to guarantee or prior knowledge of terms and structures, in view of the possibility of having participants who have not had contact with the necessary elements to prepare the plan.

Finally, for the elaboration of the plan, the participants will be asked to start from topics of interest in the context of newspaper productions, always having as a goal to be able to develop, a posteriori, or planned monitoring.


Mirna Tonus: [email protected]
Adriana Cristina Omena dos Santos: [email protected]
Ivanise Hilbig de Andrade: [email protected]
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Panels and Master Conferences

Panel 1: 40 Years of ALAIC: The Future of the Countryside in Latin America
Panel 3: Communication and Democracy
Panel 6: The new discourses of capitalism and the urgency of a return to fundamental rights
Distance conference: "Communication and democracy. The current challenges of digitalization".
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