This panel covers topics such as local expression and new media technologies, tactical media, the representation of locality online, digital video, mobile media, the role of social media in urban protest movements, and the creation of local content.
In the 50 years since the establishment of SLAS, one of the most striking developments in Latin American culture and politics has been the rise of digital media, and its impact across a range of fields and practices, from literature to political protest. This panel endeavours to provide an insight into the varied and complex field of digital cultures within Latin America. The panel aims to offer a broad range of methodologies and approaches, combining and drawing on approaches informed by cultural studies, visual culture studies, internet ethnography, and public opinion, amongst many others. Papers are invited on topics related to any country within Latin America, and also including Latina/o and Chicana/o communities within the US.
Papers are particularly encouraged that focus on the following aspects of digital culture in Latin America:
. the interface between local expression and new media technologies
. the practices of tactical media
. the representation of locality and place online
. digital video and mobile media
. the role of digital technologies and social media in urban protest movements
. the relationship between internet use and democratization and/or modes of political participation
Papers covering other digital culture topics will also be considered, and postgraduate presentations, and research-in-progress are positively encouraged.