The School of Journalism and Communication is pleased to welcome Ana Bizberge as a visiting scholar for the Fall 2022 semester. Bizberge, whose expertise is regulation of the media and Internet industries in Latin America, is a post-doctoral fellow at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cienitificas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research.

“I was very interested to visit Carleton where I have the opportunity of collaborating with leading international scholars in my areas of research,” Bizberge explains. “There is so much important work being done in Canada and at Carleton specifically, looking at policy and economic transformations of the media industries, Internet platform regulation and digital rights.”

Bizberge arrived to Ottawa in the summer 2022 to attend Digital Communications and Media Markets: Power, Policy and Global Perspectives, a conference organized by Dwayne Winseck, Professor in Communication and Media Studies and Director of the Global Media and Internet Concentration Project (GMICP), in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The GMICP is a $2.5-million research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, to examine patterns of media ownership and concentration in more than 40 countries over a period spanning 1984-2027.

“Ana’s research into the political economy of communications and cultural industries in Latin America has helped shape understanding of the complex and fast-evolving discussions about Internet platform regulations and digital rights,” Winseck explains. “I was keen for her to join our international team as a member of the research group that will spearhead the study of communication and cultural industries in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.”

There are fascinating points of comparison between Argentina and Canada’s media and cultural industries, Bizberge says.

“My research asks how the presence of global providers of audiovisual services on the Internet challenges the traditions of audiovisual regulation in both countries; it explores how the tension between economic and cultural criteria of cultural industries are expressed in the debate about regulation of ‘new players’ in the audiovisual sectors, specifically; and, it asks what have been the demands, positions and proposals of state actors, market players, and representatives of civil society to balance the influence of global Internet companies.”

In addition to undertaking research as part of the GMICP, Bizberge is also delivering guest lectures to students in the Communication and Media Studies program during her visit.

Bizberge has a PhD in Social Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her dissertation was a comparative study about regulatory convergence in Latin America during the period 2000-2017. In Argentina she teaches media policy and economics, and communication theories at Universidad de San Martin and Universidad de Buenos Aires. From 2019-21 she was the Director of the MA in Cultural Studies at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes.

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