July 24th – August 2nd, 2017

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This summer school aims to rethink digital communication from the South. Classes will take place at the University of the Americas, Quito, and in Tena, Napo Province where we will participate in project-based collaborations with the Quijos Nationality. Project teams will get involved documenting Quijos language and cultural practices using digital communication tools and social media strategies. The project teams will include Quijos youth, who will co-direct the projects, developing media documentation and techniques for the documentation of the language and culture of the area.

Registration is limited to 25 participants. The language of instruction is English and Spanish. Translation will be available for some instructional activities. Nonetheless, it is advisable that students prepare accordingly for a bilingual experience in order to take full advantage of interaction opportunities with participants from diverse origin. Knowing or being willing to learn Napo Kichwa is also advisable.

Main objectives

– To study through action-research, digital communication usage by community organizations involved in local cultural projects.
– To reflect on methodologies and strategies for mobile communication and social media in the context of community organizations.
– To produce audiovisual content together with the Quijos nationality (NAOQUI) in order to document the Quijos language and culture.

Who should apply?

The Summer School is open to advanced undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty, members of non-governmental organizations, social movement activists and policymakers interested in both digital communication and community organizing. Participants should also be interested in learning and working in intercultural and multilingual contexts.

Programme Overview


July 24 – August 2, 2017

Days 1- 2 Symposium on Digital Technologies and Community Media

The first two days will be dedicated to sharing experiences, theoretical tools and best practice in relation to digital technologies, community media and the documentation of indigenous language and culture. All participants of the summer school are encouraged to present a papers, poster or other format (film and animation are welcome) ,according to their interests. The first two days will focus on four main themes:

  1. Approaches to knowledge and information sharing: Free and open exchange between indigenous communities, academia, and digital activists.
  2. Citizenship and Communication: The legislation and use of Internet and Communication Technologies and media for enhancing citizen participation and community organizing as well as the promotion of community values.
  3. Media activism: Local communication and social media strategies.
  4. Digital documentation of language and indigenous cultures: Tools and strategies.

Keynote talks:

  • Ana Acosta, El Churo – Digital Communication Challenges for Community Radio in the Amazon
  • Etsa Sharupi, Quijos Nationality – Experiences of Quijos Community Radio programmes
  • Diana Coryat, Udla – The Contested Terrain of Media in the context of extractivism in Ecuador
  • Mike Wilmore, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication – Working across the digital divide: Methodological Considerations
  • Paula Vásquez, FLOK Society – Proposals for a social economy of free and open access in Ecuador
  • Ivan Terceros, Media Lab UIO – Mapping Digital
  • Anne Schwarz – Language documentation and digital communication in Napo Kichwa varieties: Potentials and opportunities
  • Andrea Medrado, Federal Fluminense University, Brazil – Technology for Empowerment: The Use of Mobile Phones and social media by activists in Brazil to fight oppression and injustice.
  • Loreto Alejandra Bravo Muñoz. Maka Muñoz, Palabra Radio, Mexico –Use of Free and Open Software; gender and digital communication.
  • Mario Rodriguez, Wayna Tambo, Bolivia –Experiences of community digital media in el Alto.
  • Anita Say Chan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Networked Futures and Inter-tecnologidad in the Andes

The seminar will be in an open format, and sponsored by FES-ILDIS

Day 3 Group Project Preparation and Workshops – UDLA


Workshop on Community engagement and digital communication in the Amazon
Facilitators: Ana Acosta and Jorge Cano, El Churo

Project design Hilary Stepian, Diana Coryat and Javier Arano

Group project preparation:
1. Documentary skills
2. Open Source Animation
3. Digital and sound mapping
4. Digital activism and social media for community organizing
5. Language documentation

Summary of Project group work

Site Visit: Media Lab

Days 4-6  Project work with Quijos youth.

Audio-visual production will take place in Quijos communities, led by an intercultural team of facilitators, including Quijos leaders. Ikiam University laboratories will be available for technical work. Workshops will be led in coordination with Anne Gael Bilhaut and Anne Swartz of Ikiam University.

Projects, developed in close collaboration with the Quijos community, in the following areas:

  1. Documentation Quijos language and culture
  2. Promotion of the Quijos Nationality
  3. Free and open digital resources for undertaking community projects
  4. Digital activism for social and political issues related to the community goals

Day 7 (free day)

Days 8-9 Post production, transcription and writing workshops

Site Visit: El Churo

Day 10

  • Closing Summary
  • Presentation of products (digital content or strategies; edited documentation) to colleagues and invited guests
  • Presentation of certificates and Announcement of BU Media and Communication Faculty Scholarship winner
  • BBQ

Course Leaders

Ana María Acosta

Ana María has a degree in social communication from the Universidad Central del Ecuador and is An MA in Cultural Studies with a mention in political culture from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. She is a producer for the First International Conference on Community Film, held in Cotacachi, Ecuador. She has presented at the Community Film and Audiovisual Conference organized by Cine en Movimiento, Red de Productores Audiovisuales Comunitarios, Red Pac, and the Autoridad Federal de Comunicación Audiovisual, AFCA, held in Argentina. She has made several documentaries on human and environmental rights, especially focused in the Ecuadorian Amazon region: “Petróleo a cinco voces” (60min) “Redes de Dignidad” (30 min), “Uso manejo de la Chambira por Comunidades Waorani en el Parque Nacional Yasuní” (30min).

Anne-Gaël Bilhaut

Anne-Gaël (Ikiam University and French Institute of Andean Studies) is a social anthropologist who has been working in Amazonian Ecuador since 2000, especially with the Zapara on heritage, political organizations and since 2011 on food and traditional systems of productions like cacao in aja shuar gardens. She is the author of El sueño de los záparas. El patrimonio onírico de un pueblo de la Alta Amazonía (2011, Quito: Abya Yala-Flacso).

Etsa Franklin Sharupi Tapuy

Is a young organizational indigenous leader from both quijos and shuar heritage. He is currently an adviser of Quijos Nationality (NAOQUI) and the main coordinator of the radio program conducted by NAOQUI that he launched on November 2016.  His research and knowledge on Quijos history since the Spanish conquest are regionally recognized. He has participated to several conferences and round tables on the Quijos hero Jumandi, first indigenous resistant against the Conquest in the 16th century and on the current Amazonian indigenous resistance in Ecuador. In March 2017, he has been invited to give two conferences at UNAM, Mexico.

Jorge Cano Cañizares

Jorge has a degree in social communication from the Universidad Central del Ecuador. Part of the community communication organization El Churo, he has facilitated community communication through sound and audiovisual production for ten years. He is a coordinator in Wambra Radio, a community radio station and multimedia platform that is one of Ecuador’s most important digital communication media. He has participated in regional conferences on community film like the Festival de Cine y Video Alternativo y Comunitario – Ojo al Sancocho, in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Cine Comunitario in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is part of the Latin American and Caribbean Community Film Network. He created the historical documentary “El Tren del Tiempo,” about the Regional Union of Rural Coastal Organizations (30min). He also facilitates the community film project “Imágenes jóvenes de resistencia y alternativas ancestrales.”

York Neudel

Born in Wittenberg, Germany. DoP, filmmaker. York has worked as a gaffer and Director of Photography for German and Cuban Fiction films. He has also worked on documentaries in Ecuador together with Orisel Castro in the group Cactus & Hedgehog. Master in Visual Anthropology and Anthropological Documentaries in FLACSO, Ecuador. Studied Cinematography in Germany and Cuba. Head of Selection Committee of the EDOC Festival in Ecuador. Profesor of Cinematography at UDLA, Quito.

Iria Puyosa

Researcher and consultant in political communication, public opinion, and web strategies. PhD from the University of Michigan (2009). Postgraduate training in survey-based research (University of Michigan, 2005) and strategic communication (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, 1998). Director of the Masters in Digital Journalism as well as the Master in Communication & Social Media at UDLA – Ecuador. Consulting experience for political organizations, NGOs, political leaders, universities, and digital media. Currently, conducting research on networked social movements, web communities, political control over the internet, and digital journalism, using a wide array of methods, including statistical analysis, social network analysis, web analytics and discourse analysis. Taught graduate courses on Political Communication, Social Media, Digital Journalism, Social Networks, and Public Opinion Research, in prestigious universities in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico.

Michael Wilmore

Professor Michael Wilmore is the Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. His academic career spans more than twenty-five years, several disciplines, and positions both in the UK and Australia. He has held posts as Associate Dean (Learning Innovation) at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, and Associate Dean (Education) at the University of Adelaide, in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Media, including more than three years as Head of Department.
He has been an active researcher on a number of projects funded through competitive research grants. Each has involved extensive interdisciplinary and industry collaborations, ranging from media organisations in Nepal to the antenatal department of a large hospital. His research interests primarily concern development and health communication, but he has also completed educational research and a project on fieldwork practices in archaeology, which was his first area of study as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter.

Susan Sloan

Is a Lecturer/Artist based at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. She works collaboratively and individually, using animation to create artworks and public projects. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including The Wall, Photographers’ Gallery, London,2012; International Symposium of Electronic Art, Istanbul, 2011; SIGGRAPH Gallery, San Diego; 404 Festival, Argentina; IVO3 London; IVO6, London, Sydney; Kunstihoone Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia; Yokohama Art Museum., Japan; and Glasgow International Festival.

Paulina Donoso

Paulina Donoso od Director of the Multimedia and Audiovisual Production Career, Social Communicator, MSc in Social Work Family and Development and PHD Candidate in Communication with an emphasis on screenwriting. Screenwriter, Director of audiovisual projects and Former Technical Director of the National Cinematography Council of Ecuador, producer of commercial advertising. Teacher of the subject of Introduction to Cinema.

Javier Arano

Bachelor of Social Communication (Advertising). As a Fulbright scholar, he completed an MFA in Media Communication Arts at the City College of New York. He has worked as a copywriter at advertising agencies in Buenos Aires and Mexico city. He has produced and directed TV documentaries and educational shows in Galapagos, Buenos Aires and Quito. For two years, was involved in the production of three independent feature films in New York and Monterrey. Within the last 5 years, he was in charge of creating and implementing social campaigns for government agencies on issues like family planning, erradication of child labour, sexual education, early childhood, nutrition and social inclusion. He is currently the head of the advertising department at the faculty of Communication and Audiovisual Arts at Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador.

Ana Chávez

Ana Chavez is a producer, designer and artist, in addition to being a professor in the faculty of Communication and Audiovisual Arts (UDLA, Quito). She has participated as an invited speaker at national and international conferences on participatory art, performance, visual culture and activism (USA, Austria, Canada). As a producer, she has created social projects and community programs focused on cultural and artistic expressions as tactics and strategies for social change. She studied furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. At Udla, she currently teaches video production for advertising and also workshops on the classic rhetorical figures within advertising.

Cheryl Martens

Cheryl Martens is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Advertising and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester. She has lectured at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, Japan, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Her research and publications concentrate on the sociology and political economy of communication, media policy and digital activism in South America. Her recent publications include “Questioning Technology in South America” in Thesis Eleven (2017) and two co-edited collections: The International Political Economy of Communication: Media and Power in South America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives (Fordham University Press, 2016).

Andrea Medrado

Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Communications Department and at the Postgraduate Programme in Media and Everyday life of Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway University of London – recipient of a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, 2012). Ph.D in Media Studies from the University of Westminster in London – recipient of an Overseas Research Scholarship (2010). Co-chair of the Community Communication and Alternative Media (CCAM) Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Andrea has also worked as a lecturer at various universities in the UK (Bournemouth University, Royal Holloway, London Metropolitan University, University of Westminster). She was a Fulbright Scholar during her Master’s programme in Communication and Society at the University of Oregon in the United States and holds a Bachelor’s in Social Communications and Advertising from the Catholic University of Salvador, Brazil. In addition to her academic career, she has over ten years of experience as an advertising copywriter, having worked for various advertising agencies. She specialises in political advertising, having been responsible for devising advertising materials (online, TV and radio) for political campaigns all over Brazil (cities of Recife, Goiânia, Salvador, São Luis, Macapá and Santos).


Is a Cuban filmmaker and teaches Editing and Documentary for the Cinema Department at the University of Las Americas since 2013. She studied Editing at ISA, University of Arts in Cuba and Documentary Directing at EICTV (International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños). She has a Master in Visual Anthropology and Anthropological Documentary from FLACSO, Ecuador. She was part of the Talents Guadalajara in 2010 and participated at the DocuLab Costa Rica.1 in 2013 and at the Doculab.7 Guadalajara, with a rough cut of her first feature-lenght doc in postproduction “The Cabinet of Dr Rota”.
She also collaborates with the EDOC documentary festival in Quito since 2012 and has presented papers at international seminars on the topic of Ecuadorian Documentary New Wave.


Lecturer in Public Relations in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Hilary teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in areas including PR campaign planning and social communication.  In addition, she has experience managing student projects that have involved digital communication and/or virtual teamwork.  Her area of research interest is in health communication, particularly in the area of health conditions/illnesses that are stigmatised.  Her current research focuses on how organisations communicate about mental health internally and externally, and how mental health-related stigma and discrimination can be reduced in the workplace.  Hilary’s professional experience includes practicing issues management and strategic communication for the Government of Ontario in Canada.

Ana Gabriela Yanez

Born in Quito, Ecuador. Ana Gabriela Yanez is a sound designer and postproducer. Master in Sound Design by the University of Edinburgh and a BA Music Production and Sound by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador). Professor of Sound design, Digital audio and Sound postproduction at UDLA University in Quito, Ecuador. Ana Gabriela has worked as a foley artist and sound recordist and designer for international independent videogames. Recorded, designed and mixed sound for award-winning short film “Lemuria”. Collaborator on local projects, as well as working with an international crew for British releases, designing sound on commercial and non-commercial projects. Develops sound art installation works.

Noah Zweig

Noah Zweig received his PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara,. His dissertation is entitled Beyond Media Imperialism: Bolivarian Media Politics, Practices and Programming Under Chávez. He is currently a professor of film at the University of the Americas (Ecuador), where he is also a researcher in the Department of Communication and Audiovisual Arts.

Diana Coryat

Diana Coryat is a professor in the Faculty of Communication and Audiovisual Arts, UDLA. Her research areas include community and alternative media; documentary film; and the mediatization of state-social movement relations. In addition to her academic pursuits, Diana has worked as a popular educator, training women, youth and other underrepresented groups to produce their own media. She is the co-founder of Global Action Project, an organization that since 1991 has worked with young people most affected by injustice to represent themselves by making their own films. Diana recently defended her doctoral thesis, ¨Media, Power and Protest in Ecuador.¨ (University of Massachusetts Amherst). She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her undergraduate degree in Film and Television from New York University´s Tisch School of the Arts.


10 day Summer School: International participants: US $1200*, which includes:

  • Program fee for 40 course hours
  • Course materials
  • Homestay with Ecuadorian host family, breakfast and dinner included (7 nights)
  • Accommodation in Tena (2 nights)
  • Airport transfer at pre-scheduled times
  • Lunches at UDLA
  • Course Certificate
  • BBQ

* 10% discount for groups of 5 or more
Special discount for local participants, includes:

  • Program fee (40 course hours)
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation in Tena (2 nights)
  • Lunches at UDLA
  • Course Certificate
  • BBQ

Accepted payment methods: Visa and Paypal. Details will be provided after completing the registration form.


Ecuador – Locations

Quito (1-3 days)

Tena (4-6 days)

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