UC / ICA Latin American Conference

Santiago, Chile, 18-20 October 2012


Trends in International and Latin American Communication Research

Call for Papers

The UC-ICA Latin American conference, organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Communications (), in agreement with the International Communication Association, ICA (www.icahdq.org), is scheduled for 18-20 October 2012 in Santiago, Chile. This is the first time this international conference will take place at a regional level in Chile. Universidad Católica’s School of Communications and ICA´s scientific society seek to contribute to the development of strong relationships between academics and communication researchers. The conference will be in the building of the School of Communications of the Universidad Católica, in the campus Casa Central, Alameda 340 (please see http://www.uc.cl/es/mapas).

The Conference’s goals are the following:

  • To contribute to the regional and international dissemination of information and communication research, as well as to develop academic, regional and international research partnerships.
  • To create a space for dialogue between the positions of researchers and scholars who share a common interest in communication processes, but work in different fields and spheres of research (geographical, cultural, linguistic, organizational).
  • To stimulate an open dialogue between different research traditions with an emphasis on assorted schools of thought regarding communication research in Latin America and around the world.

The four axes of research (see sub-topics at the bottom).

  1. Policy and Industry

The evolution in the relationship between communication policy and governance, the changes in cultural industries and the emergence of new media business models triggered by the current communication processes.

  1. Globalization, Convergence and Segmentation

Communication in a globalized world and issues of technological convergence.

  1. Journalism

Fundamental assumptions about journalism today, new forms of journalistic narratives, ethical challenges, and quality of information.

  1. Communication, organization and Society

The role of communication in the constitution and evolution of social systems.

Conference Program Chair: María Elena Gronemeyer

E-mail: mgronemeyer@uc.cl

Conference Secretariat: Rayén Condeza

E-mail: rcondeza@uc.cl

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Facultad de Comunicaciones

Alameda 340

Santiago, Chile

Código Postal: 8331150

Phone: 56-2-3542039

Fax: 56-2-3542012


Conference submission website available Around 15 January 2012
Submission of articles and panel session deadline 01 June 2012, midnight GMT
Decision notices will be sent No later than 30 June 2012
Conference registration Beginning in April 2012
Early birds registration deadline Until 04 September 2012
Conference 18, 19 and 20 October 2012


The UC-ICA Latin American Conference 2012, in Santiago, will accept only original online submissions (unpublished papers and panel session proposals) uploaded in the ICA website: http://www.icahdq.org

Deadline: All submissions of articles and panel session proposals must be completed online no later than midnight GMT, on 01 June 2012. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. The conference submission website will go online around 15 January 2012. To reach the conference website, go to ica2012.uc.cl  or to the ICA home page at http://www.icahdq.org and follow the link for UC/ICA 2012 Regional Conference Submission.

Eligibility: You do not need to be an ICA member to submit a paper or proposal for the conference.

Exclusive submissions: Each paper or panel proposal may be submitted to only one of the four axes of research. Submission of the same paper or proposal to more than one axis will disqualify the paper for presentation in this Conference. You are welcome, however, to submit different papers or proposals to the same or different sections.

Decision notice: Submissions in every research axis will undergo a process of evaluation by a scientific committee of the Conference. Decision notices will be sent no later than 30 June 2012.

The Conference’s organization committee has the right to locate a submission in a research axis different to the one chosen by the author if it turns out to be appropriate.

If your paper or proposal is accepted for presentation at the Santiago conference, you will be notified and must then register for the conference and pay the conference fee. Submission of your paper or proposal does not enroll you as an ICA member, or automatically register you for the conference itself.

Conference registration: Everyone planning to attend the conference must complete the registration process and pay the conference fee using the ICA web site. This includes paper presenters, ICA members and non-ICA members, and every person who accompanies another one on the conference. There will be no return of the fee payment once the registration process is completed.

Conference presentations quota: The Conference has a limited number of vacancies available. Only 150 speakers will be selected by the scientific committee.

Conference registration deadlines: Online registration for the UC/ICA Regional Conference will be available beginning in April 2012.

Conference fee:

n  General registration fee until 04 September 2012: US$ 120.

n  Graduate student fee until 04 September 2012: US$ 100 (graduate students must be accredited by their respective universities).

n  General registration fee after 04 September 2012: US$ 200.

The fee covers the conference assistance and six weeks of online access to all papers presented in the conference.

E-mail address: Each UC-ICA conference participant must use only one e-mail address for all submissions. If you are an ICA member, this should be the same e-mail address you have entered into the ICA membership database.

Languages: The papers and presentations can be either in Spanish, Portuguese or English. There will be no simultaneous translation in the theme sessions and panels. However, panelists may designate a peer translator from the participants. Also any participant may use a Power Point or PDF presentation in another language from the one used during his or her oral presentation.

Categories of Submissions: The two categories of submissions in the four theme axes are:

  1. Unpublished full papers
  2. Panel session proposals

Submitting a full paper:

  • Length. The paper has to be submitted ready to upload as a single document; maximum 4,500 words plus abstract, tables/images and references.
  • Format. All submissions must be in one of five formats: MS Word for Windows, MS Word for Mac, WordPerfect, PDF, or Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • In a single document. All tables, graphs, and pictures associated with your submission must be included with the main text in a single document.
  • Author identification: the uploaded document has to include the author’s identification, academic degree, email address, post and current affiliation.
  • Additional information: Title, a maximum 300-word abstract, and any other information (e.g., graduate student authorship, or special requests) must be included in the online submitted paper.

Submission process: To begin the submission process, visit the UC / ICA 2012 regional conference page ica2012.uc.cl or the ICA website http://www.icahdq.org, register as a submitter, select the theme axis and type of submission (full paper or panel session proposal), enter all required information, and follow the instructions to upload your document. You must upload a paper or a panel session proposal in order to complete the submission process.

Tracking number: Each paper submission is automatically assigned a unique tracking number. Upon completion of the submission process for each paper, the submitter will receive an automatic email acknowledgment including the tracking number.

Distinguished papers: Up to 15 top papers presented during the conference and selected by the scientific committee of the conference will be published, in agreement with the respective authors, in a special section of the International Journal of Communication, IJOC (http://ijoc.org), from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Selected articles must be submitted in English. Furthermore, top papers in Spanish, Portuguese and English can also be selected for their publication in Cuadernos de Información, the academic journal of the School of Communications in Universidad Católica, in agreement with the respective authors.

Submitting a Panel Session Proposal:

  • Registering panelists: All panelists must agree in advance of submission to participate

as panel presenters and, if accepted, to register for the UC / ICA conference. The UC / ICA Conference makes no distinctions between members and nonmembers participating in panels.

  • Texts needed: If your panel session includes individual presentations, the panel session organizer needs to obtain a title and a 300-word abstract from each presenter

before submitting the panel proposal. Also before submitting, you need to prepare a 400-word rationale for your panel proposal and a 75-word panel description for the conference program. Panels can contain up to four papers.

  • Preference to research networks: The UC / ICA conference seeks to offer spaces of meeting and of development for national and international researcher networks. Therefore, in the selection of the panels preference will be given to proposals submitted by active research groups and to multicultural panel proposals.
  • Entering the panel: If you are the panel organizer, once you have the required information

from each participant, you will then visit the website, submit the panel proposal, and enter all panel information: panel title, rationale, panel description, chair/discussant, presentation titles, abstracts, and any other required information by cutting and pasting the text from your word processing program.

Audiovisual equipment available during the conference: All meeting rooms will be equipped with a PC laptop or PC desk computer, a screen and an LCD projector. Bear in mind that TV/VCRs, overhead projectors, and slide projectors will not be available. The participant will need to convert those modes of presentation to laptop or desk computer.

Paper Distribution: For the UC/ICA 2012 Latin American conference, ICA will have a Web-based paper distribution system. All conference registrants, as part of their fees, will have automatic access to all papers from the conference. Papers distributed through the Web-based system will be those submitted/accepted during the review process.

Ethical Considerations:

  • Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of

any idea or concept presented in the paper or proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.

  • Publication or presentation history: If the material in your presentation has been submitted for publication or presentation in another conference, this must be disclosed in your paper or proposal and it may be ineligible for the UC/ICA conference.
  • Conference attendance: If your panel or paper is accepted for the UC / ICA conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role. All chairs and respondents also make this commitment. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, you should find a substitute to perform your duties and notify the program chair.

Submission of Papers, Rights, and Agreement: By submitting papers, abstracts, author names, diagrams, and other data (the “submission”) for inclusion in the 2012 UC / ICA regional conference, authors of accepted papers understand that:

  • As part of the conference, this submission may be included and/or made available in the online conference website, printed conference documents, or other online or electronic media.
  • After the conference, accepted submissions will be archived and distributed as a participating submission of the UC / ICA 2012 regional conference.
  • An author submitting a paper to this conference retains the right to publish this work in a journal or other publication without limitation by UC, ICA or affiliates.

Theme axes

The four subject areas and their sub-topics:

  1. 1. Policy and Industry

The evolution in the relationship between communication policy and governance, the changes in cultural industries and the emergence of new media business models triggered by the current communication processes.


  • Media business models
  • Audiences, users and their (partial) control of the means of production and dissemination of content.
  • Analysis of the ownership of new and conventional media
  • The Information Society and the processes of digitization
  • Community media
  • Studies on restrictive regulations of the media
  • Communication policy in the current media landscape
  • Concentration of media ownership and discourse
  1. 2. Globalization, Convergence and Segmentation

Communication in a globalized world and issues of technological convergence.


  • The growing substitution of unidirectional communication modes for multidirectional broadcasting modes
  • The changes in the information landscape due to the coexistence with the new communication technologies
  • The challenges facing ‘traditional’ media in an era of globalization and convergence
  • Minorities and their use of digital media
  • The segmentation of the audiences in a global communication environment and in an era of convergence
  • Democratization of access and dissemination of contents
  • Intercultural communication
  • Media convergence
  • Digital TV
  • Emerging technologies and new communication practices
  • Citizen participation and social networks
  • International cooperation through media and technologies
  • International communication
  • The digital gap/ inclusion
  • Videogames
  1. 3. Journalism

Fundamental assumptions about journalism today, new forms of journalistic narratives, ethical challenges, and quality of information.


  • Changes in the exercise of journalism
  • Journalistic quality
  • Professional ethics
  • Transformation of the press room
  • Citizen journalism
  • Journalism and social networks
  • Freedom of expression, and the right to information
  • Photography and journalistic design
  • Journalism and democracy
  1. 4. Communication, organization and society

The role of communication in the constitution and evolution of social systems.


  • The role of the media in social change
  • Communication and development
  • Communication and health
  • Communication and education
  • Organizational communication
  • Children, adolescents, and media
  • Languages and social interaction
  • Cyber culture
  • Corporate/strategic communication
  • Philosophy of communication
  • Ethics of communication
  • Political Communication
  • Popular communication
  • History of communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Communication and culture
  • Advertising communication
  • Credibility and trust in social communication
  • Semiotic studies
  • Methodologies for studying communicational processes

Allocation of Conference Sessions: The sessions will be held in halls and auditoriums in the School of Communications and in the Convention Center (Centro de Extensión) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in the main campus Casa Central, Alameda 340, Santiago, Chile. The campus is next to the Universidad Católica metro station, across the historic district Lastarria and the Cultural Center Gabriela Mistral, and at a walking distance to Santiago´s civic center and shopping malls. (Please see http://www.uc.cl/es/mapas)

Meeting space available: Researcher networks or closed groups can make a reservation of meeting space for activities from 6 to 8 pm during the days of the Conference.

Hotels: You will find here a list of suggested hotels where Universidad Católica use to allocate visits and from where it is easy to access campus Casa Central. All these hotels are three-star or higher: Eurotel, Guardia Vieja 285 (Providencia), www.eurotel.cl; Santiago Park Plaza, Av. Ricardo Lyon 207 (Providencia), www.parkplaza.cl; Club Presidente, Av. Luis Thayer Ojeda 558 (Providencia), http://www.presidente.cl; Caesar Bussines Alameda, Av. Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins N°632 (Santiago), www.caesarbusiness.com; Hotel Orly, Av. Pedro de Valdivia 027 (Providencia), www.orlyhotel.com; Crown Plaza, Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins N°136 (Santiago), www.crowneplaza.cl; Plaza San Francisco Av. Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins N°316 (Santiago), www.plazasanfrancisco.cl; La Sebastiana, San Sebastián 2727 (Las Condes), www.lasebastiana.cl.

Lunch places: There exist several places for snacks and lunch in and nearby the campus.

Reciprocity fee: Passengers who are citizens of certain countries entering Chile must pay (in a desk just before Immigration/Policía Internacional) the so called Reciprocity Fee, that is applied to citizens of USA (US$140), Mexico (US$23), Canada (US$132), Australia (US$61), Albania (US$30).  This payment lasts for 10 years.

Visa: Before travelling to Chile, contact the Chilean embassy in your home country to ask about visa requirements to enter the country. Consider that to enter Chile you need a passport that should remain valid for at least six months after your departure date in Chile. On arrival, tourists receive a tourist card (tarjeta de turismo) and an entry stamp that allow a stay of up to 90 days in Chile. The tourist card is valid for all touristic and unpaid activities. Do not lose your tourist card because you will have to hand it back to the authorities when you leave Chile.

Custom restrictions: Very important: In Chile it is not allowed to import fruits, vegetables, milk or meat products and plants! Any food must be declared at customs.

Taxi from the airport: The airport of Santiago is located outside of the city. Due to the urban highway the transfer to the city downtown is only 15 to 20 minutes. The airport has official taxis with fixed rates for different districts of Santiago. For safety and convenience, we recommend using these taxis to get to your destination. Official taxis are hired immediately before leaving customs. The official taxi fare from the airport to Universidad Católica’s campus Casa Central is approximately US$ 38.

Voltage and plug model used in Chile: In Chile we use the Southern European plug model, and general voltage is 220V/50Hz.

Chilean currency: The local currency is the Peso Chileno (CLP). The following webpage indicates the daily exchange rate http://www.bcentral.cl

Payment with money and credit cards: you can withdraw money from your foreign bank account at any ATM in Chile. All major shops, supermarkets and restaurants accept debit as well as credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express). Traveler’s checks and cash (US dollars as well as Euros) can only be exchanged at exchange offices, not at banks!

Season: We remember you that October is Spring time in Chile.