Objectives of the congress

The implications among communication actors, research and social transference of results achieved in terms of training, for the solution of problems or as new endeavours in itself, lead us to the need to establish a type of general state for contemporary research objects, for ongoing working experiences that do not yet have their own tradition and certain tendencies in contemporary communication thinking.

The implementation of knowledge as a form of power, the restructuring of the public sphere as a place for the difference, interculturality and construction of equality are the main challenges for this meeting of researchers from the large Ibero-American geographical area.

Santiago de Compostela, the symbolic city of the journey as transformation, is a reference in American studies, and the Faculty of Communication Sciences, the Congress venue, held, among other events, the II Ibero-American Congress of Digital Journalism (2003), VII Congress of Lusocom, the Foundational Congress of the AECI (2008) and the Meeting of Europe Latin American Network of Communication and Development – Real-Code (2011).

Besides, the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Santiago is now thoroughly experienced in PhD training with Ibero-American universities, such as the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (Mexico) or the Technical Private University of Loja. Likewise, the University of Santiago houses the “Gumersindo Busto” Interdisciplinary Centre for American Studies, also with an extensive research trajectory on the relations with Latin America.

The celebration of this International Congress in Galicia provided by AGACOM, aside from giving further visibility to Communication research in Galicia and promoting the meeting between scholars and researchers, will create conditions for cooperation between fields, universities and various countries taking part to address the theme Communication, culture and spheres of power.