Congratulations to Professor Cristina Vengas (Film and Media Studies) who has received a UCSB Faculty Research Grant and an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship for 2020-2021.
Professor Vengas’ also co-edited Digital Activism, Community Media and Sustainable Communication in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) with Cheryl Martens (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) and Etsa Franklin Salvio Sharupi Tapuy (Communication Advisor for the Quijos Nationality (NAOQUI) and a digital journalist in CONFENIAE’s Amazonian community press). The book brings together academic and activist work on community media, feminist, decolonial, and Indigenous perspectives to digital activism, including Free and Open Communication in Latin America. The essays in this collection speak to major changes over the past decade that are reshaping digital media uses and practices. The case studies presented here question many commonly held assumptions around global media ownership, sustainability, and access relevant to countries beyond Latin American contexts.