The University of Iowa

Citizens' Media and War: The Colombian Case

March 19th, 2013

In an upcoming UI presentation, Clemencia Rodríguez, professor of communication at the University of Oklahoma, will present part of her extensive research on how Colombians turn to community media – including radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet – as tools to forge lives for themselves and their families that are not entirely colonized by armed conflict and its effects.

Rodríguez’s talk will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, at 4 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

In many Colombian communities, civilians live in the shadow of armed intruders, including leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers. Under these conditions, Rodríguez argues, grassroots media that are deeply embedded in the communities they serve strengthen the ability of community members to productively respond to violent incursions.

Since 1984, Rodríguez has conducted research on citizens’ media in different international contexts, including Nicaragua, Colombia, Spain, Chile, and among Latino communities in the United States. Her publications on citizens’ media include “Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens Media,” “Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia,” and volumes I and II of “Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere.”

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program in International Programs.

For more information, contact Joy Hayes at or 319-353-2265.

See the event poster