Community Communication and Alternative Media Section pre/post Conference Events

Three IAMCR pre and post conference events

These Pre-conference and Post-conference activities are hosted by the IAMCR Community Commnication and Alternative Media Section and other organizations (see “Convenors” and “Organizers” below). We invite scholars and practitioners to join us to stimulate vibrant discussions and new learning covering different conceptual and practical aspects. 

Preconference Event 1: Panel “Media justice in the digital age”                                                          

Language: English
Date & Time: Saturday 6 July, 2019, from 10 to 16 h. (with one hour break)
Venue:Venue: Centro Social Autogestionado La Tabacalera de Lavapiés (Sala Jefe). C/ Embajadores, 53 (Metro Embajadores / Lavapiés)
Costs: Free. There is no cost to participate in this event. Registration, however, is required.
Final Program: to be determined 
Registration: Please contact

10 h. Presentation 
Emiliano Treré (Cardiff University, info), Joan Pedro (Saint Louis University, info & Alejandro Barranquero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, info)

10.30 h. Panel (1) "Present, future & challenges of research in community communication & alternative media"

  • Claudia Magallanes (Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, info): Decolonial and indigenous epistemologies in community media research 
  • Amparo Cadavid (Uniminuto, info) - Community media, conflicts & threats to freedom of expression
  • Antonieta Mercado (University of San Diego, info): Indigenous Migrants in the US: Cultural and communicative practices 
  • Isa Lema (Universidade da Coruña, RICCAP, info): Community media in Southern Europe. The Spanish case

Discussant: Dorothy Kidd (University of California, info):

Guiding questions: This panel will ask to three key questions about community communication research and action: (1) What aspects should be considered to enlarge the right to communicate through citizen and alternative media in your particular context? (2) Which are the main lessons you have acquired from your long-term work as community media researcher and practitioner? (3) Which are the main challenges of contemporary research in community communication?  

12 h. Coffee
12.30 h. Panel (2). "Discussion & Insights from convergent research fields"

  • Toby Miller (University of California, Riverside, info): Greening alternative media studies
  • Daniel Broudy (Okinawa Christian University, info):  Living in a World Normalizing the Dispossession of Agency and Autonomy
  • Jorge Saavedra (University of Cambridge, info): Commons, communication & subversion 
  • Helen Darbishire (Access Info, info): Data activism 

Discussant: Joan Pedro (Saint Louis University, info

Guiding questions: This panel will revolve around three key tenets of Critical Theory applied to enlarge community communication reflection: 1. Critique of the dominant media systems; 2. Analysis of living experiences of transformative communication; 3-. Normative analysis of the conditions (policies, regulations, structures, etc.) that facilitate media justice   

13.30-14.30 h. Book presentations, Announcements & Conclusions

  • Dorothy Kidd – OurMedia event in Brussels  
  • Emiliano Treré – Book “Hybrid media activism”
  • Alejandro Barranquero – Postconference visits to community media announcement

14.30 h. Lunch 
Portomarín Restaurant
Calle Valencia, 4

Preconference Event 2: Workshops “Three Colombian methodological approaches to participatory action research” and “Reception studies in Community Media. Towards the construction of community  appropriation processes”

Language: Spanish
Date & Time: Sunday 7 July, 2019, from 10 to 18 h. (with one hour break)
Venue:Venue: Centro Social Autogestionado La Tabacalera de Lavapiés (Sala Jefe). C/ Embajadores, 53 (Metro Embajadores / Lavapiés)
Costs: Free. There is no cost to participate in this event. Registration, however, is required.
Registration: Please contact


a) Workshop 1. “Three Colombian methodological approaches to participatory action research”. Lectured by: Jair Vega (Uninorte), Amparo Cadavid (Uniminuto) & Eliana Herrera (Uniminuto)

The workshop will introduce the methodological contributions and transformative social research developed by Colombian researchers Orlando Fals Borda, Arturo Alape and Pilar Riaño. All the three share useful insights into communication and social change processes. A group of approximately 24 people will be divided into three subgroups to develop a guided reflection/action strategy based on the work of the authors: Fals Borda (Jair Vega), Arturo Alape (Eliana Herrera) and Pilar Riaño (Amparo Cadavid).

b) Workshop 2. “Paths towards technological autonomy: planning and implementation of community projects”. Lectured by Carlos Baca Feldman (general coordinator of  Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías y Saberes Comunitarios-CITSAC & Research Coordinator of REDES A.C. & Rhizomatica)

This workshop aims to generate skills for the selection of relevant technologies   and the planning of a technological projects that can achieve the specific goals that arise through the communication processes in improving the living conditions of the communities. In the first part, the workshop aims to develop a critical vision in the incorporation of ICT to community communication projects, based on the analysis of experiences that have generated processes of technological autonomy in Latin America; such as community Internet networks, community cellular telephony in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the "Techio Comunitario" community technical promoters training program.  The second part of the workshop will seek to unravel the logic of the regulation of the radio spectrum, taking into account its nature of common good, and address a number of basic elements on spectrum regulation from the international, national and community level that have allowed the development of this type of experiences.

Post Conference Event: OURMedia Routes 

Date: 12 July (Madrid); 15 – 16 July, 2019 (outside Madrid) 
Venue: Choose 1 of 3 Routes
Registration: Please contact
In the “Subject” box of the email, indicate Registration to PostConference OURMedia Routes. Then, indicate your full name, country & IAMCR membership (yes/no) and then the Visit/s to Madrid and/or one of the routes outside Madrid. 

12 July - Madrid

15 – 16 July in Andalusia, Catalonia & the Basque Country 

Following the 2019 IAMCR conference in Madrid (7 – 11 July 2019), the OURMedia network, IAMCR CCAM Section & RICCAP offer a series of visits to community media projects in four different regions of Spain: Madrid, Andalusia, Catalonia & the Basque Country. The visits will aim at providing visitors a general portrait about the plurality of alternative media projects in Spain including promoters, organization and sustainability models, contents and programming, etc. These visits will take part as an IAMCR / OURMedia Post-conference activity right after the finalization of the Congress in Madrid.

Please note:

  1. Visits to Andalusia, Catalonia or the Basque Country will require the payment of fees for transport, accommodation and the like. You will book and cover the hotels and transportation at your own expense. We offer you some suggestions, but do not take too long since it’s summer time and tourism will rise at the period.
  2. Expected costs for the visit (including transport, accommodation & alike) are, at least, 200 euros per person for the 2 days of outside-Madrid visits.  
  3. There is a fund to alleviate and support the accommodation & travel expenses of people from low-income countries. 
  4. There is a limit of up to 20 people per visit, which will be assigned in order of email arrival. Priority will be given to IAMCR members.
  5. All visitors will have the possibility to share experiences with the community media based in Madrid, since this visit is free. In your email, please indicate it so that we can prevue your visit.

Enjoy the trip!

Download the visits program

Private Events

IAMCR Community Commnication and Alternative Media Section Gathering
Date & Time: 8 July, 19 h.
Venue: Cervecería Santa Isabel, C/ Santa Isabel, 36 (Metro: Antón Martín or Lavapiés). Map.
Organizer: IAMCR Community Commnication and Alternative Media (CCAM) Section
Registration: Private

Date & Time:  13 July, 10 – 14 h.
Venue: Saint Louis University, Madrid, San Ignacio Hall, Classroom A. Calle Amapolas, 3, (Metro: Guzmán el Bueno or Vicente Aleixandre). Map.
Organizer: Red Universitaria de Posgrado en Comunicación, Desarrollo y Cambio Social (
Registration: Private


  • IAMCR Community Communication & Alternative Media Section (COC). Website:
  • OURMedia / NuestrosMedios. Website:
  • Redecambio. Red Universitaria de Postgrados en Comunicación, Desarrollo y Cambio Social. Website:
  • RICCAP (Red de Investigación en Comunicación Comunitaria, Alternativa y Participativa - Research network on Community, Alternative & Participatory Communication): First Spanish organization focused on the study of participatory communication processes in alliances with other nodes and research groups in Latin America and Europe. Website:
  • Data Justice Lab. Space for research and collaboration at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC). It examines the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and big data. Website:  
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. One of the three public universities offering communication studies in Madrid. Website:
  • Saint Louis University - Madrid. American university based in Madrid which offers communication studies in English. Website:

Preconference Organisers: 

Organizing committee of the Postconference visits to community media in different Spanish regions: