Research Workshop on Latin American Media Studies with Professor Cristina Venegas

Published on October 9th, 2019

Global Media Dialogues: 

Media and Technology in Contemporary Latin America

November 21, 2019, 1-4pm at E51-275

The GMTaC Lab will launch a Global Media Dialogues series with a research workshop on Media and Technology in Contemporary Latin America featuring Professor Cristina Venegas from UC Santa Barbara on November 21, 2019. Building on Venegas’ important research on Latin American media, including Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual, and Digital Media in Cuba (2010) and her book chapter, “Thinking Regionally” (2009), the workshop will bring together faculty and graduate students who are conducting research on issues of globalization, regional economies and cultures, and usage of digital technologies in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Peru. MIT faculty members and graduate students will engage with Professor Venegas’ published work, and share their own research in progress. Specific topics/questions to be explored include: How does algorithmic news distribution affect journalistic production in Peru? What is the current state of broadband Internet connectivity in Brazilian rural schools? How can we use film to address human rights issues? What are the configurations of Cuban media spaces in relation to postcolonialism?

Participants include Assistant Professor Paloma Duong (CMS/W), Iago Bojczuk (GMTaC/CMS), and Diego Cerna Aragon (GMTaC/CMS), and Leonard Cortana (NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society).

Presentation Titles:

  • Paloma Duong: “Where is the Postsocialist Condition?: Cuban Mediascapes after ‘the End of History’”
  • Diego Cerna Aragon: “Journalism Inside the Machine: A Preliminary Exploration of Peruvian Digital Media in the Era of Algorithmic News Distribution”
  • Iago Bojczuk: “‘Let there be light’… and connectivity: Internet Access in Brazilian Public Rural Schools”
  • Leonard Cortana: Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die (Film, Rio de Janeiro, 2019)
Professor Cristina Venegas from UC Santa Barbara