Emergent Latin American Theories of International Communication in a Post-Global World


  • Katherine Reilly Simon Fraser University


Knowledge Production, Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Engagement.


Latin America’s rich tradition of critical international communication research can be recuperated through an approach to research and knowledge production that emphasizes communication’s emergent epistemic processes of geopolitical production.  For researchers, this can be done through careful consideration of the various stages of the knowledge production process including critical engagement with existing works, conceptual inquiry that takes up the stories that are told about key ideas, and an approach to problem definition that emphasizes the geopolitical markers and epistemological fragments that shape regions of knowledge production.  These ideas are illustrated through two examples: communicative sovereignty and regional communications infrastructure projects.Keywords: Knowledge; Sovereignty; Infrastructure; Engagement.