Online Seminar – ” Indigenous Media Activism in Argentina”

Online Seminar – ” Indigenous Media Activism in Argentina”

The CNSC research group of the IN3UOC is pleased to invite you to the following online seminar to discuss the book Indigenous Media Activism in Argentina, recently published by Francesca Belotti in the Routledge book series “Media and Communication Activism. The Empowerment Practices of Social Movements.” Three discussants will comment on the book with the author. An open discussion with the audience will follow.

Author: Francesca Belotti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy 


  • Claudia Magallanes-Blanco, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico
  • Salvatore Scifo, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
  • Amalia Córdova, Smithsonian Institution, United States


Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya 

  • When:

Thursday, September 15, 2022

17:00 – 18:30 h (CEST)

Venue: online (registration required by September 14:

  • Language: English

More info:

Book Indigenous Media Activism in Argentina, by Francesca Belotti (2022). Routledge. ISBN 9781032151830


Francesca Belotti holds a Ph.D. in Political Languages and Communication from Sapienza University of Rome. Her research, carried out between Europe and Latin America, focuses on alternative media practices of grassroots organizations, ranging from Indigenous communities to feminist and climate movements. She also investigates digital media usage practices across generations, with a focus on ICT-related sexist and ageist stereotypes. Discussants:

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco is a professor in the Department of Humanities at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, México. Researcher and activist who has collaborated with Indigenous and community communication organizations for almost two decades. She is co-editor of the book series Media and Communication Activism. The Empowerment Practices of Social Movements (Routledge).

Salvatore Scifo is a Deputy Head of the Department in Communication and Journalism at Bournemouth University (United Kingdom). He has published on the practice, history and policy of community media in Britain, Italy and Europe. He is a former co-chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media section of IAMCR.

Amalia Córdova is a filmmaker, curator and scholar specializing in Indigenous film. She is the Supervisory Museum Curator and Chair of Research and Education at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution. She is from Santiago, Chile.

Keywords: Indigenous Media – Decoloniality – Media Practices – Social Movements, Indigenous Activism – Media Activism – Latin America – Argentina

Book abstract:

Exploring Indigenous activism through the lens of media practices, this book examines the Indigenous media that has emerged in Argentina since the introduction of legislation in 2009 intended to promote diversity and access in radio and television media production. Francesca Belotti provides insights into the political and cultural matrix, attitudes of resistance and empowerment, and the outward and inward direction of Indigenous activism by unpacking the media practices that unfold in Indigenous radio and television stations in Argentina. 

The theoretical framework combines studies on indigeneity, social/decolonial movements and media practices, and draws on interviews conducted with Indigenous media practitioners from different Indigenous populations around Argentina. The book examines how media practices can help support and sustain Indigenous political and cultural activism and the process of identity self-ascription. It also addresses the complex negotiation between indigenizing media and assimilating the mainstream, as well as coping with other practical constraints. 

This book will be of interest both to students and scholars of Indigenous Studies, Decolonial and Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Media Studies, and Social Movements, as well as media activists and practitioners globally.