Call for papers - Congreso Anual MESO 2021

The Center for Studies on Media and Society (MESO) invites the contribution of unpublished articles for the #CongresoMESO2021: "Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.

The conference will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November 2021. The modality of this edition will be hybrid. It will be the 7th Annual Congress that MESO organizes with the purpose of exchanging research knowledge on the interactions between media, culture and society. We are sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Center for Latinx Digital Media.

Articles should contribute to the discussion on media, culture and society in an empirical, theoretical or methodological way, and expand the knowledge on this subject at a national or/and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media and cultural goods / services expressed through journalism, entertainment, advertising and marketing, public relations, social networks, video games, among others.

The deadline for submitting the abstract of the article is August 31, 2021. Those interested should send the abstracts through the following form. The results will be notified to the authors on September 30, 2021.

For more information write to mediosysociedad@udesa.edu.ar. To access previous Congresses visit our YouTube channel: MESO Argentina.


MESO 2020 Annual Conference

There have been six editions of our annual conference since the launch of the center in November 2015. In its six editions, scholars from institutions in 15 countries -Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Sweden- have presented 110 papers and given 7 keynote talks. There has been a total of 1,424 registered attendees for these six conferences.

The 2020 edition was our largest event ever: held virtually, it had a record attendance of 498 (+ 181% compared to the previous year), and featured 34 paper presentations and two keynote speakers- Homero Gil de Zúñiga (Pennsylvania State University, United States, and Universidad de Salamanca, Spain) and Sallie Hughes (University of Miami, United States).

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MESO 2020 Annual Conference: the Call for Papers is open

We invite submissions to the conference “Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.” The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), will be virtually held during the days November 11, 12 and 13, 2020, from 16:00 p.m. to 19:00 p.m., (Argentina time zone).

This will be the sixth annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about previous events, please visit our website. This sixth annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. – advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

Topics to be addressed include the following, among others:

  • Transformations in content production.
  • Change in the use of media.
  • Innovation and technological change.
  • Media sustainability and funding.
  • Gender, race, ethnicity, and identity.
  • State, government and civil society.
  • Regulation and public policies.
  • Political communication and electoral campaigns.
  • Production, distribution and consumption of information on social media.

To make a submission:

  • Submit an extended abstract of the article, with a maximum length of 500 words (excluding title and references).
  • Detail contact information, a brief (no more than 75 words) biography of each author and provide institutional affiliation and position.
  • The deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. Scholars should provide the extended abstract via submission form.

A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on October 16, 2020.

Please write to: mediosysociedad@udesa.edu.ar if you have any questions and/or need any further information.


Registration open to the 6th Annual MESO Virtual Annual Conference

The conference will take place on Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., through the Zoom platform.

This edition will feature the participation of numerous researchers from institutions in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The Congress will have two outstanding exhibitions: Homero Gil de Zúñiga (Pennsylvania State University, United States, and University of Salamanca, Spain) will present "The Perception of" News Find Me ": Theory and Effects."; and Sallie Hughes (University of Miami, United States): “Coping with work stress in journalism: professional identities and promotion as resources.”

There will also be a special session on "Science journalism in times of the Coronavirus", which will feature the participation of Federico Kukso (science journalist, member of the board of directors of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and member of the Argentine Network of Scientific Journalism) and Valeria Roman (scientific journalist, member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and co-founder of the Argentine Network of Scientific Journalism), and will be moderated by Melina Furman (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina).

Program - Congreso MESO 2020


Registration for the 5th MESO Annual Conference is now open

The conference will take place on Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30 at the University of San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In this edition, we will have the presence of prominent researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain, the United States and Sweden.

In addition, the conference will have two keynote speakers: professors Ellen Wartella from Northwestern University, and Marwan Kraidy, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Finally, the conference will offer a special session to discuss the current scenario of public policies around digital technologies with the presence of Karina Banfi, National Representative for the province of Buenos Aires (UCR - Let's change), Juan Cabandié , National Deputy for the City of Buenos Aires (Frente para la Victoria - PJ) and Eleonora Rabinovich Public Policy Senior Manager for Google Cono Sur (Google, Argentina).

See the complete program here.


Registration for the 4th MESO Annual Conference is now open

In this edition we will have the participation of prominent personalities from the field of Communication and Social Sciences, including the presence of Rafael Di Tella (Harvard Business School, United States), as our inaugural speaker.

The tables will deal with topics related to networks, culture, political communication, the entertainment industry, among other topics. There will be presentations from universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the United States.

See the complete program here.


Annual Conference: "Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America"

The third edition of the MESO annual Congress on Media, Culture and Society in Argentina and Latin America was held on November 3rd, 2017. The event was a success, with more than 100 registrants and 16 presentations by researchers linked to institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, the United States, Holland, Sweden and Spain. This edition of the congress was sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University. The keynote speaker was Richard Rogers, professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, who presented his work “Otherwise engaged: Social media from vanity metrics to critical analytics”, in which he proposes to replace the metrics that measure “engagement ”From social cause networks to critical metrics that allow us to measure, above all, their impact.

The congress had 4 roundtables with themes that brought together contemporary analysis of the media and social networks. The first table was entitled "Audiences, consumers and users: Transformations in access to information" and the second "Journalism: Changes and continuities". After lunch and Richard Rogers' presentation, table 3, entitled “Political economy of communication: The State and organizations”, analyzed the place of the state in the Argentine media ecology. Finally, the last table dealt with innovation and content production and was titled “Technology and content production: Virtual reality, bots and transmedia”.


MESO 2017 Annual Conference

The third edition of the Annual Congress "Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America" was held in November 2017 with 102 registered. This edition of the congress was sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University. The event featured 16 presentations by researchers linked to institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.

Watch the videos of all the editions in our YouTube Channel.


MESO 2016 Annual Conference: "Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America"

On October 28, the second edition of the MESO Argentina annual congress, "Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America" was held at the Victoria Campus of the University of San Andrés (Vito Dumas 284 , Victoria, San Fernando), Aula 19. The event, which was attended by Argentine and foreign researchers, was a great opportunity to learn about and comment on the progress of the various fields of communication in Latin America and establish professional relationships.

Watch the videos of all the editions in our YouTube Channel.


MESO 2015 Annual Conference: "Contemporary Developments on Media and Society in Argentina and Latin America"

The meeting took place on Friday, November 27 at the San Andrés campus. Topics such as "Journalism: transformation and continuity", "Media, governments and politics: financing, regulation, tensions", "Citizens and the media: Elections and information" and "Television news networks on Twitter" were addressed.

Among the speakers were Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, USA), Silvia Ramírez Gelbes (University of San Andrés), Lila Luchessi (National University of Río Negro), Víctor García Perdomo (University of Austin, Texas) , Fernando Valenzuela Arteaga (Andrés Bello University, Chile), Martín Becerra (National University of Quilmes) and Iván Schuliaquer (CONICET Researcher).

"Journalism does not currently have that almost monopoly role in the production and distribution of information," Waisbord said at the opening conference of the congress. And he added: "What went into crisis is this idea of the 'dream of journalism' as a profession."

Watch the videos of all the editions of the congress on our YouTube channel: MESO Argentina.