[bestbits] Call for Chapters: Networks, Movements & Technopolitics in Latin America: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Tue May 3 12:06:42 EDT 2016

Might be of interest to some...

>BOOK: Networks, Movements & Technopolitics in Latin America: Critical
>Analysis and Current Challenges
>Edit by Francisco Sierra Caballero (CIESPAL) and Tommaso Gravante (UNAM)
>This publication aims to: firstly, present a critical reflection on the
>different scenarios and challenges that are appearing in Latin America
>regarding the power relationships that are produced based on new digital
>technologies and the social processes of which they are part; secondly,
>to establish a dialogue with researchers in other places who have
>critically analysed the use and application of technology and digital
>culture for the active participation of citizenship in decision-making,
>exchange and social solidarity processes, such as the Arab Spring, the
>Occupy movement in the USA, protests against the economic crisis in
>Europe and protests for a broader democratic arena in Hong Kong,
>Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, among others.
>    We therefore invite academics and researchers to contribute to one
>of the topic areas discussed in this book:
>1.     Technopolitics: a theoretical framework. In this first topic
>area, we are interested in and propose, based on an interpretation of
>Communicology of the South and together with researchers from different
>countries, a theoretical framework that makes it possible to
>conceptualise the different mediation processes that emerge between
>cyberdemocracy and the emancipation practices of new social movements in
>Latin America.
>2.     Dissident technopolitics practices in Latin America: critical
>analysis and current challenges. Taking Latin American experiences as a
>starting point, in this second topic area we are interested in
>reflecting on the practices and experiences that are, autonomously and
>using self-management, creating other identities and social spaces on
>the margins of and against the neoliberal system through the use of
>digital technology. We are interested in the dissenting experiences in
>Latin America whose practices are used not only to hack and make pirate
>copies of hardware and software in order to make their own technologies
>and liberating tools, but also to hack the concept of the body, gender,
>maternity, sexuality, health, care, education, knowledge, nature,
>spirituality, etc. They are experiences in which technologies are a
>pretext for rethinking and collectively rebuilding on the margins of and
>outside the state. There is a particular emphasis on collective writing
>about common culture, assets and knowledge, as well as successes,
>failures and challenges.
>The book will be edited by Francisco Sierra Caballero and Tommaso
>Gravante. Anyone who wishes to collaborate in the publication can submit
>their proposal by sending an abstract in English, which must be between
>800 and 1500 words in length, by 1 July 2016.
>Authors will be notified of the proposals chosen by 1 August 2016.
>The full, original text should have a maximum length of 8,000 words
>(including bibliography, notes and tables) for theoretical texts and
>6,000 words (including bibliography, notes and tables) for case studies.
>The full text, in UK English, should be sent by 1 November 2016.
>Proposals and full texts should be sent to the book¹s two editors: Dr.
>Francisco SIERRA CABALLERO (fcompoliticas at gmail.com
><mailto:fcompoliticas at gmail.com>) and Dr. Tommaso GRAVANTE
>(t.gravante at gmail.com).
>Call (PDF 
>Francisco Sierra Caballero
>Professor of Communication Theory. Director of the International Centre
>for Advanced Studies in Communications for Latin America (CIESPAL),
>Quito. Director of the Interdisciplinary Group of Studies in
>Communication, Politics and Social Change (www.compoliticas.org),
>University of Seville.
>Tommaso Gravante
>PhD in Politics. Postdoctoral Fellow at UNAM, Mexico. Researcher of the
>Interdisciplinary Group of Studies in Communication, Politics and Social

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