TAMIU 2017 Latin American Communication Research in Transnational Settings MARCH 24-25, 2017

In English                             About the Speakers                                   En Español                   Conference program

The Graduate Program in Communication at Texas A&M International University seeks submissions for its second annual research conference in March 2017. Leveraging the university’s location on the US-Mexico border and faculty expertise in international and intercultural communication, this program aims to strengthen research on the cultural, political, and economic factors shaping the globalization of communication processes in Latin America. As an integral component of this new endeavor, we invite submissions for paper presentations from faculty, scholars, and graduate students working in any area of communication research concerning Latin America or the US/Mexico border.

The conference will be introduced by a keynote panel addressing major contemporary debates and new directions within contemporary Latin American media and communication studies through presentations from leading researchers in Mexico and in the US. Building on this panel, we welcome paper proposals on topics including but not limited to:

  • The relationship between consumption, neoliberalism, and citizenship in contemporary Latin America
  •  The impact of media representations on cultural identity in the US-Mexico Border region
  •  Portrayals and/or audience perceptions of Latina/os and/or Latin Americans in television, film, or news
  •  New research on popular Latin American genres (e.g. telenovelas, series, reality shows, comedies, sports, news programs)
  •  The exportation of Latin American television formats and the importation of foreign formats to Latin America
  •  The role of digital media in creating and expanding activist networks in Latin America
  •  Alternative or activist media histories in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, or other areas
  •  Media and human rights issues (including public security and violence against journalists)
  •  The political economic relationship between national governments and cultural industries
  •  Novel interrogations or re-readings of older theories of international communication including modernization, media imperialism, and cultural proximity
  •  New directions in audience research and analysis

Please send paper proposals with titles, name of author, institutional affiliation and category (Faculty, Graduate Student, Senior Undergraduate student) and 300-word abstracts to mco@tamiu.edu by February 27, 2017 for consideration for inclusion in the conference. 

About the Speakers

Dr. Carlos Muriel

Carlos Muñiz Muriel, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon

Carlos Muñiz Muriel is a Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey, Mexico), Coordinator of the Political Communication Laboratory (LACOP) and leader of the Research Group of Political Communication, Public Opinion and Social Capital. Muñiz is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico since 2010, recognized by CONACYT as level II. His main research lines focus on media effects analysis, communicative practices impact on political attitudes, media framing, and the study of the media portrayals of minorities. Muñiz is member of several editorial boards of scientific journals, such as the Revista Mexicana de Opinión Pública (Mexico), Palabra Clave (Colombia), Comunicar (Spain), Perspectivas de la Comunicación (Chile), Anagramas (Colombia), Global Media Journal Mexico, and Cuadernos de la Información (Chile). He is the author or coauthor of over 100 publications in national and international scientific journals and books. He has edited three books: Media and Prejudice toward Indigenous, Communication, Politics and Citizenship, and Media, Immigration and Society. He has directed several research projects funded by CONACYT, PROMEP, UANL and the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.

Dr. Sallie Hughes

Sallie Hughes, University of Miami

Sallie Hughes is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Latin American Studies in the University of Miami. Dr. Hughes is an inter-disciplinary communications scholar with a specialization in Latin America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas. Her research interests are in Journalism Studies and Democratization in Latin America as well as Immigrant Audience Reception in the United States. She is the co-author of the book Making a Life in Multi-Ethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City (Lynne Rienner Publishers: Latino Studies Series, 2014) and author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico (University of Pittsburgh Press: Latin America Series, 2006). Her first book was recognized by AEJMC as a top book in mass communication for 2006. The Political Communication and Ethnicity and Race in Communication divisions of the International Communication Association recognized her work with best paper awards, in 2003 and 2013 respectively. She recently joined the editorial board of the International Journal of Press/Politics and is the program track chair for Mass Media and Popular Culture for the 2014 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, of which she has been a member since 1998. 

Dr. Sandra Braman

Sandra Braman, Texas A&M University

Sandra Braman is an Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication in Texas A&M University. Dr. Braman’s research has been supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Soros Foundation, and the First Amendment Fund.  Braman’s book Change of State:  Information, Policy, and Power, currently undergoing revision for a second edition, is in use around the world and is widely viewed as having defined the field of information policy.  Other publications include the edited volumes Communication Researchers and Policy-Making, The Emergent Global Information Policy Regime, and Biotechnology and Communication:  The Meta-Technologies of Information and over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Braman created and launched the first graduate (postgraduate) program in telecommunications and information policy on the African continent while serving as Director and Visiting Professor at the University of South Africa.  She has also served in the invited positions of Freedom of Expression Professor at the University of Bergen (Norway), Fulbright Senior Scholar at Södertörn University (Sweden), and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She is former Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association, former Chair of the Law Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, and sits on the editorial boards of nine scholarly journals. In 2014 Braman was inducted as a Fellow of the International Communication Association.

Dr. Kent Wilkinson

Kent Wilkinson, Texas Tech University

Kent Wilkinson is a Professor and Director for the Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication - Journalism & Electronic Media in Texas Tech University.  He has been a Visiting professor at University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and University of Paris II (French Institute of the Press). Dr. Wilkinson’s research focuses on international communication, Hispanic-oriented media in the U.S., and Hispanic health communication. He studies how language, culture and economics interact in national, regional and global media markets. Recent publications examine the historical development of Spanish-language television in the U.S., promoting healthy diets among Hispanics in rural West Texas, and cross-national studies of 2012 U.S. presidential election coverage as well as uses and gratifications young adults derive from their smartphones. Dr. Wilkinson is a Thomas Jay Harris Regents Professor in Hispanic and International Communication, Fulbright Fellow at Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile 2016, and Editor of The International Journal of Hispanic Media. He has published Spanish-Language Television in the United States; he is the co-editor of Mass Media and Free Trade: NAFTA and the Cultural Industries, Communication Technology Update 1993-1994, and the chapterPress Coverage of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: A Multinational, Cross-Language Comparison”.

Rodrigi Gomez Garcia
Rodrigo Gómez García, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Cuajimalpa

Rodrigo Gómez is a full time Senior Lecturer in Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Cuajimalpa, he coordinates the Observatory of Cultural Industries, Policies and Cultural Consumption in Mexico. He received founding from the Canadian Embassy to develop the research “Cultural Industries and Cultural Policy in Mexico and Canada: 13 years of NAFTA” by the Faculty Research Program in 2008. Gómez has been coordinating the section of Political Economy of Communication and Culture in the Mexican Association Communication Research (AMIC) since 2005 and he is co-chair of the Political Economy Section in the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since 2009. He is the former president of the Mexican Association of Communication Research (AMIC) 2007-2009. Gómez is in the editorial board of  Comunicación y Sociedad (México), Revista Mexicana de Comunicación (México), International Journal of Digital Television (UK), Communication, Culture and Critique (USA-ICA), and Journal of Political Economy of Communication (NZ-IAMCR). He has over 30 journal articles and book chapters in international publications, and edited the book Global Media Giants (2016).

En Español

Encuentro Académico TAMIU 2017: “Investigación de la Comunicación sobre América Latina en Ámbitos Transnacionales” 24-25 de marzo de 2017

El programa de Maestría en Comunicación de Texas A&M International University abre la presente convocatoria para participar en su segundo encuentro académico a realizarse los días 24-25 de marzo de 2017 en la ciudad de Laredo, Texas, Estados Unidos. Tomando como punto de partida la ubicación de la universidad en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos y la especialización en temas de comunicación internacional e intercultural de su programa de estudios, este programa de posgrado se enfoca en promover y consolidar la investigación sobre los factores culturales, políticos y económicos que conforman la globalización de los procesos comunicativos en Latinoamérica. Como componente integral de esta nueva iniciativa, invitamos a profesores, académicos, estudiantes de posgrado y aquellos que se encuentren cursando sus últimos años de licenciatura a participar como ponentes con temas relativos a cualquier área de la comunicación dirigida a Latinoamérica o la frontera México-Estadounidense.
El encuentro académico iniciará con un panel magistral que abordará los principales debates contemporáneos y las nuevas tendencias dentro de los estudios de comunicación y medios latinoamericanos con presentaciones de investigadores líderes en México y los Estados Unidos. Para participar en el encuentro, se aceptarán propuestas de trabajos en ESPAÑOL o en INGLÉS que pueden incluir pero no se limitan a los siguientes temas:

  • La relación entre consumismo, neoliberalismo y ciudadanía en Latinoamérica.
  • El impacto de las representaciones mediáticas en la identidad cultural en la región fronteriza México-Estadounidense.
  • Representaciones o percepción de latinas/os y o latinoamericanos en la televisión estadounidense, cine o noticieros.
  • Nuevas investigaciones sobre géneros televisivos populares en América Latina (ej. telenovelas, series, reality shows, comedias, deportes o programas noticiosos)
  • La exportación de formatos televisivos de Latinoamérica e importación de formatos extranjeros hacia Latinoamérica.
  • El papel de los medios digitales para crear y expandir redes alternativas y activistas en Latinoamérica.
  • Historias alternativas o activistas en México, Colombia, Brasil, u otras áreas.
  • Medios y asuntos de derechos humanos (que incluyen temas de seguridad pública y violencia periodística).
  • La relación político-económica entre gobiernos nacionales e industrias culturales.
  • Nuevas interrogantes o planteamientos de viejas teorías de comunicación internacional incluyendo modernización, imperialismo mediático y proximidad cultural.
  • Nuevos planteamientos sobre investigación de audiencias y análisis.

Las mesas de trabajo se organizarán de acuerdo a los temas de las ponencias sin importar el idioma en el que serán presentadas, para promover la interacción entre académicos y estudiantes de posgrado de ambos países.
Favor de mandar propuestas de ponencia con título, nombre del autor, afiliación institucional, categoría (profesor, estudiante de posgrado, estudiante de últimos semestres de licenciatura) y un resumen de hasta 300 palabras a mco@tamiu.edu antes del 27 de febrero para ser consideradas.
Información general sobre el encuentro será proporcionada más adelante vía correo electrónico y una página web.

Conference program

Friday, March 24

9:00-9:30 AM
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                                             Keynote Panel #1

Kent Wilkinson (University of Texas Tech, Lubbock), Discovering And Cultivating
Latinx/American@ Connections Through Collaborative Research”
Rodrigo Gómez García (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Cuajimalpa), "Latin@ and
Latina American Audiovisual Interactions. Some Ideas From the Global South"

  12:30-2:30 AM   Lunch
2:30-4:00 PM Panels

A1: News Coverage - (SC 120)
  • Jose Carlos Lozano (Texas A&M International University), “Coverage of Bi-National Issues in
    the U.S.-Mexico Border Press”

  • María Teresa Topete Macías (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas), “Rutinas, valores y
    condicionantes en la producción de la noticia: el testimonio de 8 periodistas en el medio
    televisivo de la empresa CNN en Español”

  • Evelyn Angélica Uribe Vásquez, Alma Daniela Vázquez González, Manuel Gabriel Vargas
    Ramos (Universidad de Monterrey), “Análisis de la frecuencia y calidad de contenido que dedica
    la prensa escrita a las disciplinas polideportivas en México”

  • Lenin Martell (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México), Thorne Anderson (University of
    North Texas), “Understanding the Mexico-US Relationship from Narrative Journalisms”

A2: Popular Culture in Mexican and Mexican American Environments - (SC 225)
  • Carolina Gómez Quinto, María Teresa Topete (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas),
    “Imágenes y estereotipos en las series de estreno de Netflix en México”

  • Manuel H. Ayala Palomino (Tecnológico de Monterrey), “Análisis de la cobertura mediática de la
    muerte de una celebridad: encuadres locales e internacionales en el caso de Jenni Rivera”

  • Alma Elena Gutiérrez Leyton, Reyna Verónica Serna Alejandro, Bertha Alicia Ramírez Salas,
    Sofía Alejandra Glasche Fernández, Emmanuel Alejandro Salazar Bravo (Universidad
    Autónoma de Nuevo León), “Construcción de identidades a partir de los estereotipos de género
    en el cómic mexicano”

  • Pablo Reyes (Texas A&M University), “Not Your Average Hero: Chicana Representation
    And The Content Of The Love And Rockets Comic”

  • Alejandra Hernández Alvarado (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas), “Representación de la
    mujer en series de acción Análisis de contenido: Quantico”

      4:30-5:30PM         Panels  
B1: Media Literacy, Media Education - (SC 120)
  • María Teresa Topete Macías (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas), “La comunicación familiar
    como indicador de la buena crianza que incide en la conducta adolescente”

  • Malena Charur (Texas A&M University), “Representaciones culturales en comerciales
    televisivos de Laredo, Texas. El caso ‘Escamilla Papi’”

  • Arely Alejandra Tovar Galván, Daniela Leal Tamez, Martha Patricia Vásquez Vargas
    (Universidad de Monterrey), “Series de televisión y consumo de alcohol en los jóvenes de
    preparatoria menores de edad en Monterrey”

B2: Media Literacy, Social Justice, and Empowerment - (SC 230)
  • David Gonzalez Hernandez (University of California, San Diego), “The Forgotten border/ la
    frontera olvidada: Youth Media Participation and Community Self-representation”  

  • Adolfo Mora, Joseph Straubhaar, Wenhong Che, Xiaoqian Li (University of Texas, Austin),
    “Digital marginality and Hispanics: Exploring digital literacy among those in the fringes of a

  • Antonio Calderón (Tecnológico de Monterrey), “Las políticas publicas para la inclusión digital en
    las escuelas secundarias de Laredo-Nuevo Laredo”

  • Emmanuel Talancon (Universidad Regiomontana), “Voces de la Raíz: Rap indígena, una lucha
    por la inclusión social”

Saturday, March 25

9:30-11:00 AM SC 230

Keynote Panel #2                              

  • Sallie Hughes (University of Miami) “How Unsafe Contexts and Overlapping Risks Influence
    Mexican Journalists: Evidence from a National Survey”

  • Carlos Muñiz Muriel (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon) “Framing Mexican Immigration
    in American Media: Advances or Setbacks?”

11:00-11:30 AM          Coffee Break
11:30-1:00 PM          Panels
C1: Texts and Audiences Audiences - (SC 230)
  • Fabiola Navarro Celis (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas), “Estudio de casos latinos que han
    sufrido algún ataque por parte de norteamericanos simpatizantes con el discurso del
    candidato republicano de EU”

  • Beatriz Elena Inzunza Acedo (Universidad de Monterrey), “Cultura de audiencias

  • Rosa María de Llano (Texas A&M University), “’Hey Baby ¿qué pasó?’. El efecto del contacto
    lingüístico en canciones bilingües del sur de Texas”

C2: Social Media, Activism and Public Spheres - (SC 225)
  • Melissa Santillana, Victoria Mancha, and Stuart Davis (Texas A&M International University),
    “‘Analizando a Las Morras: Feminists or Feminazis’ Toxic Masculinity Moves from Street
    Harassment to Online Harassment”

  • Eridani Reyes Sepúlveda (Tecnológico de Monterrey), “Instagram como una esfera pública
    cultural: El caso de los niños ricos de la Ciudad de México @RKOMC”

  • Salvador Alvidrez (Universidad de Monterrey), “Interactividad en Twitter: El efecto de la
    identidad partidista sobre la evaluación de candidatos políticos y sobre sus intenciones de

  • Jessica Gantt (Texas A&M University), “The Big Beautiful Door: Immigration and Neoliberal
    Language Codes”

             1:00-2:30 PM               Lunch  
2:30-4:00 PM SC 230   

Keynote Panel #3 

  • Sandra Braman (Texas A&M University),"Fuzzy Spaces and 
    Sharp Divides: Border Theory and Political Realities”                        
Closing Remarks by Jose Carlos Lozano