Media & Governance in Latin America 2015: Communication, Power and SocietyMedia & Governance in Latin America 2015

Communication, Power and Society

The University of Sheffield, 25-26 June 2015

Traditional and digital media have become key actors in the young democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean over the last few years. Media actors have influenced the configuration of good governance across the region, due not only to their important role as a channel between civil society and the state, but also to their ability to shape the power structures of society.

This conference will explore the connections between the media and models of governance in the region, from both a comparative and an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Convenors and speakers

The conference is hosted by the University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies. The convenors of the conference will be Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando, and PhD candidates Sara Garcia-Santamaria and José Antonio Brambila.

The following guests have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers:

  • Dr Raúl Garcés, Universidad de la Habana, Cuba
  • Professor Daniel Hallin, University of San Diego, US
  • Dr Ella McPherson, Cambridge University, UK

Structure and venue

The conference will be organised in alternating plenary sessions and panels, each of which will include the presentation of three or four papers, followed by an open discussion. The initial programme includes four double panels.

The event will be held at the University's Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences (ICOSS).

Last year's conference

The first Media and Governance conference was held on 13 and 14 May 2014 at the University of Sheffield. The conference brought together academics, postgraduate researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues related to media and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference received 60 papers, of which 45 were accepted according to quality and innovative research. Participants came from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, the UK, France, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, the Netherlands, and the US.

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Please contact Sara García Santamaría with any queries about this event by emailing