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Re-visiting Latin American Cultural and Media Studies

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC), Volume 7, Number
3, 2010

Cultural and Media Studies are undergoing diverse changes in regional
contexts and remain highly contested fields of intellectual debate and
analysis. Latin American media research, best exemplified by the so-called
Latin American Communication Tradition, shows an increasing convergence
with Cultural Studies. However, Latin American Cultural and Media Studies
have not taken their current directions as the result of an
epistemological break from British, European and North American Cultural
Schools, but rather as a result of a de-centralized and de-westernized
analysis of sociocultural and political processes in the region, which
have created popular and alternative perspectives in communication and
cultural research.

Such perspectives span from Martin-Barbero's From Media to Mediations, to
García-Canclini's Hybrid Cultures, Castells' Network Society and Freire's
Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  Re-visiting the cultural and communication
standpoints developed in Latin America will help to address both on-going
questions on globalization, and cultural hybridization, from within the
local and regional cultures. This issue will reflect on the evolution of
these perspectives; it aims to explore current research trends in the
region, and points of interaction and dialogue with, as well as resistance
to, the West. Can contemporary Latin American Cultural and Media Studies
contribute new theories and epistemologies to the discipline? Have Western
schools observed new trends in the region? Is there a dialogue or
resistance between the Western and Latin American perspectives? Is the
region part of the Global South?

This new issue of Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture will be
dedicated to the analysis of current debates in Latin American Media and
Cultural Studies in relation to British, European and North American
Cultural Studies. We welcome essays from a variety of academic disciplines
and traditions, such as media studies, cultural studies, journalism
research, alternative media, etc., that deal with theoretical and/or
empirical aspects of Latin American Cultural and Media Studies.

A 300 word abstract, full contact information for the corresponding
author, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors
should be submitted by no later than 11 June 2010. Authors of accepted
abstracts will be notified in June 2010 and will then be invited to submit
a full paper by 17 September 2010.

Complete manuscripts should be prepared in English in MS Word and adhere
to the Manuscript Submission Guidelines
(http://www.wmin.ac.uk/mad/page-1201); they should be 6000 words (minimum)
to 8000 words (maximum), including notes and references. Papers should be
accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words and up to six keywords. The
manuscript must contain a separate title page that should include: the
title of the manuscript; the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s);
full contact details of the author(s); the author's brief biographical
statement. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a
commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer
review following submission.

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the issue editor
Yennue Zarate ([log in to unmask])

Deadline for abstracts: 11 June 2010
Deadline for complete manuscripts: 17 September 2010

Yennue Zarate
Communication & Media Research Institute
University of Westminster, UK
Mireya Marquez
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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