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TAMIU hosts Conference on Latin American Communication Research Posted: 4/07/16

TAMIU hosts Conference on Latin American Communication Research


Globe at TAMIU Entrance
Dr. José C. Lozano, professor and chair of TAMIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, department of Psychology and Communication.  

On April 8 - 9, researchers from throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States will convene on the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) campus for the first-ever 2016 Conference on Latin American Communication Research in Transnational Settings in the Student Center.

Dr. Stuart Davis, assistant professor of Communication and Conference co-coordinator with Dr. José C. Lozano, professor and chair of TAMIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, department of Psychology and Communication, said the Conference affords a remarkable opportunity for researchers to gather, share their findings and explore commonalities unique to Latin American Communication Research.

“As an international university, this is logical extension of our mission, and we look forward to welcoming world researchers to our campus and Laredo in this, our first Conference,” Dr. Davis said.

Students, journalists and the general public can observe sessions free of charge.

Some 60+ researchers will participate, with 48 papers being presented during the two-day Conference. TAMIU faculty or students will share six papers.

Conference Panel topics include: The US-México Border, Media, and Public Policy; Bodies, Sexuality, and Media Representations; Construcción de la identidad étnica de los preparatorianos y universitarios indígenas emigrados a Monterrey: Medios de comunicación, escuela y proyectos migratorios; Film Audiences and the Social Experience of Cinema; Chicana Photographers and Immigration Anthropology; Constructing and Negotiating Cultural Identity through Media, and Technology Culture, and Power.

Also, Youth, Media Consumption, and Cultural Identity; Health Communication in the Americas; Representing Controversial Issues in Contemporary News, and Cultures of News Production in the United States and México.

The Conference opens Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Friday’s keynote session will include Joseph Straubhaar (University of Texas, Austin), offering  “Is National TV in Latin America Finally Losing Its Audience?” and Guillermo Orozco Gomez (Universidad de Guadalajara), presenting “La Televisión:  ¿muriendo o floreciendo?”

Sessions resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s keynote session will feature Antonio la Pastina (Texas A&M University), presenting "Consumption and Identity Formation in Rural Brazil: A Longitudinal Ethnographic Analysis of Technological Changes and National Belonging, " and Phillipe Meers (University of Antwerp, Belgium), offering New Cinema Histories from Below: Bridging Latin American and European Perspectives.”

TAMIU’s Dr. Lozano and Dr. Davis will deliver closing remarks.  Melissa Santillana, TAMIU MA in Communication graduate student, has also been an active Conference organizer with Dr. Davis and Dr. Lozano.

TAMIU is home to the MA in Communication program that capitalizes on strategic strengths of study on the U.S.-México border.  Students can focus on two areas of concentration not readily available in most graduate communication programs:  Border and Latin American Media Studies and Organizational Communication in Transnational Settings.

For information about graduate studies in Communication at TAMIU, please contact Dr. Lozano at 956.326.3117, or email

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