[csaa-forum] CFP: Participatory Communication and the Struggle Over Human Rights (1-2 July in Rio de Janeiro)

nico CARPENTIER nico.carpentier at vub.ac.be
Sun May 19 21:11:01 ACST 2019

((reminder - abstract submission deadline 26 May))
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Call for Papers:
Participatory Communication and the Struggle Over Human Rights
University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Campus Francisco Negrão de Lima (Maracanã)
1-2 July 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 26 May 2019
Please send your extended abstracts of max 4 – 6 pages to 
cphd2019 at gmail.com. Your abstract can be in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

English call:

Versão em Português:


The international seminar "Participatory Communication and the Struggle 
Over Human Rights" aims to bring together researchers, activists, and 
institutions to discuss how the right to participatory communication can 
extend and deepen the recognition of human rights.

Struggle Over Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by the member 
countries of the United Nations (UN) on December 10, 1948, including 
Brazil. The document inspired legislation and international treaties in 
defense of the fundamental rights and freedom, including the right to 
freedom of speech. The Declaration, art. 19, highlight that “Everyone 
has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes 
freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and 
impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

After 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the concept 
of human rights and its implementation is (still) challenged. This 
raises questions about the nature of the challenges of human rights, 
and, particularly, of the right to communication.? After all, 
communication, especially (but not only) digital, is a key in the 
democratic process. What are these challenges, in general, and in 
relation to communication-related rights? How are the human rights 
struggled over? What is the role of citizen participation in these 
struggles themselves (e.g., through activism) and how is citizen 
participation the object of these struggle? How are the struggles over 
the right to communicate connected with (the affirmation of other) 
fundamental human rights, such as those in relation to education, 
health, and housing?

Participatory Communication

Brazil is particularly relevant to these debates. In 2018, Brazil also 
has completed 30 years of the Federal Constitution (CF), most known as 
Citizen Constitution. It was approved after decades of military 
dictatorship in the country. Nowadays, the CF was changed more than 100 
times, which removed political and social rights that had previously 
been approved. The recent political changes in Brazil only threaten to 
further increase the levels of violence, and racism … However, the Law 
of access to information was approved in 2011, ensuring that any citizen 
can request public information directly to public institutions. Do these 
(relatively) new legal provisions contribute to broadening the right to 
communicate and make it more inclusive and participatory?

But we do not want to focus exclusively on Brazil. Latin America, as a 
whole, faces a critical situation, with, for instance, the murder of 
social leaders in many of the Latin American countries. In Brazil, the 
council Marielle Franco, a defender of human rights, was killed in 2018 
and political violence is increasing, especially in rural areas. In 
Colombia, the peace agreements between the government and the guerrilla 
groups are ruptured and the conflicts are growing all around the 
country. Venezuela faces a conflict about the legitimacy of its 
leadership, putting the entire continent on alert. Central America 
suffers critical situations due to the high levels of violence and the 
migratory crisis, involving citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and 
Nicaragua – who attempt to escape these high levels of violence in their 
countries of origin – and the governments of the United States and Mexico.

Thus, in this seminar, we welcome proposals, that explore the following 
issues (among other issues):

-Advances and challenges to the right to communicate and its 
participatory dimensions;
-Participatory (communication) practices and interventions which extend 
and deepen the recognition of other human rights, as the right to 
education, health, and housing, etc.;
-Projects, practices, narratives that link communication, education, 
health, and human rights.

Thus, we especially welcome proposals in the following topics:

1) Communication and Education:
This strand addresses research that are inserted in the interface of 
communication and education, in a broad way, also beyond the media and 
formal and school education. It investigates practices, processes, 
narratives and communicative-educational products in their 
socio-historical, political, economic context, also considering 
subjective, artistic, ... nuances, and the relations between race, 
class, and gender within these practices.

2) Communication and Human Rights:
This strand highlights the relation between communication – in its 
media, products, and processes – and human rights in a variety of 
aspects. It investigates communication as a human right, articulating 
historic, political / economy, socio-cultural aspects at different 
levels (local, regional, national, continental and global).

3) Dialogic/Participatory Communication and media activism:
This strand articulates all forms of communication aimed at promoting 
democracy and social development. It is also concerned with 
participatory forms of research in the universe of dialogic 
communication. It discusses the trajectory of the main concepts that 
surround the field.

We expect to have the participation of about 50 scholars and activists, 
mainly from Brazil and Latin America, but the call for participation 
will be not limited to them.
The seminar will feature oral presentations, a Ph.D. workshop and a 
conversation wheel with participatory communication activists, in a 
two-day event. The participants will be invited to submit the papers 
presented during the pre-conference to the Dialogic Communication 
Journal (UERJ).
The event is co-organized by the Participatory Communication Research
Section (PCR) of the International Association for Media and
Communication Research (IAMCR).

Master and Ph.D. students are invited to present extended abstracts (4-6 
pages) about their research and receive feedback from established 
researchers. The idea is provided resources to improve their research 
process, as well to strengthen the field of participatory communication.

Abstract submission deadline: 26 May 2019
Notification on submitted abstracts: 3 June 2019
Article submission deadline to Dialogic Communication Journal (UERJ): 01 
August 2019

Submission of an abstract for the seminar:
After filling out the registration form, and sending the payment as 
instructed, please send your extended abstracts of 4 – 6 pages (max) to 
cphd2019 at gmail.com. You can present your abstract in English, Portuguese 
and Spanish.

University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Campus Francisco Negrão de 
Lima (Maracanã), Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro 
– RJ – Cep 20550-900.

1-2 July 2019

9h – 18h

Participation and registration:
The event is open and to everyone. However, to present a paper and 
receive a certificate, you will need to be registered, using this form: 
https://forms.gle/DVkNyLNMTpR7UNB47, and you should have paid the 
registration fee.

Registration fee:
Professors/professionals: 12 USD
Students: 7 USD

Payment registration fee:
• Paypal: anabetune2 at gmail.com;
• TranferWise: transferwise.com/u/anan51;
• or during the seminar

Adilson Vaz Cabral Filho (EMERGE / PPGMC / UFF)
Ana Lúcia Nunes de Sousa (NUTES / UFRJ)
Luana Inocêncio (UFF)
Nico Carpentier (PCR-IAMCR and Charles University)
Marcelo Ernandez (LCD / UERJ)

Nico Carpentier
Web: http://nicocarpentier.net/
New book:
Experiments in the performance of participation and democracy
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Collected Works of the Brussels Discourse Theory Group
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