: CALL FOR ARTICLES N ° 41 (DEC. 2017): Political communication in Latin America

The number 41 of Cuadernos.info will focus on political communication in Latin America. We invite researchers and academics to send us their contributions on this subject. We remind you, however, that you can also submit papers that refer to other topics of communications, which will be published in the "Other topics" section.
GUEST EDITORS: William Porath (Universidad Católica de Chile) and Hernando Rojas (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Universidad Externado de Colombia)
It is almost commonplace to define Latin American political culture as a “hybrid” to highlight the particular union between its own, deeply rooted elements, but at the same time its great openness to import modes, patterns, ideas and practices of Europe and the United States. Concerning this, in the Latin American academia there has always been a permanent search to find and settle what would be an own perspective –a Latin American school– to understand political communication.
This pretension can be understood in a region that is under the influence of two epistemological perspectives –the American and the European– for the development of social sciences in general and, in our specific case, for the study of political communication in a context different from the one in which they were originally formulated. As a way of fostering this discussion, the main theme proposes, as its first objective, to include works representative of the “Latin American perspective” of political communication.
At the same time, the profound changes in the political and media systems that have shaken the regions of reference for Latin America have also been strongly felt in the region. The fragmentation of party systems, the emergence of new technologies and forms of communication, changes in citizen participation, greater polarization, the crisis on institutional confidence, and innovations in electoral campaigns –to name a few– force the discipline of political communication to answer new theoretical and empirical questions. What answers can research give to make sense of these new trends and challenges? What possibilities and innovative approaches does research in political communication provides to inform the public debate about these contemporary issues? What methodologies and cases can provide new clues on these challenges? The second purpose of the main theme, thus, is to share studies that answer these questions, whether theoretical or practical, which contribute to expand the frontiers of knowledge about regional political communication.
While the focus of the studies will be on Latin America, the dossier is expected to bring together works from other regions of the world that contribute to a better understanding of communication and politics from a global perspective. Since political communication covers a wide spectrum of phenomena, we are open to a variety of themes, approaches and methods. In any case, it is expected that all the works presented will contain a state of the art on the chosen subject, as well as a clear justification on the relevance of the studied theme.
Regardless of the specific subject, the objective is to publish works that make a substantive contribution to the study of political communication in Latin America. Should you have any doubts about the relevance of a potential article, please contact the guest editors of the dossier: William Porath (wporath@uc.cl) and Hernando Rojas (hrojas@wisc.edu), or Sebastián Valenzuela, editor in chief of Cuadernos.info (savalenz@uc.cl). For other doubts, please contact the editor, Daniela Grassau (dgrassau@uc.cl).
All papers must comply with the style standards published in the American Psychological Association (APA) manual (6th edition). Review the "Author guidelines" of the journal. 

ISSN: 0719-367x