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ICOM 2015 : VIII International Meeting of Information and Communication Investigators and Scholars


When Dec 7, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015
Where Havana, Cuba
Abstract Registration Due Jul 15, 2015
Submission Deadline Aug 20, 2015
Notification Due Sep 10, 2015
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Call For Papers

VIII International Meeting of Information and Communication Investigators and Scholars

IX International Congress of the Latin Union for Political Economics of Information, Communication and Culture (ULEPICC)

December 7th to 11th, 2015, Palacio de Convenciones, Havana, Cuba

Information and Communication from the South: Political Economics,
Culture and Critical Thinking

Dear Colleagues:

The School of Communication at the University of Havana and the Latin Union of Political Economics of Information, Communication and Culture (ULEPICC) call for the participation in the VIII International Meeting of Information and Communication Investigators and Scholars (ICOM 2015), and the IX International Congress of the Latin Union for Political Economics of Information, Communication and Culture (ULEPICC), joint events that will session from December 7th to 11th 2015 at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, Cuba.

The legitimate aspiration of our nations to build different ways for making communication and developing autochthonous information and knowledge systems raises old questions once more and opens new ways to think about communication. ICOM-ULEPICC 2015 aims to create from the common platform of economics, politics and culturea space for discussion, reflection, coordination and academic, political and social practice around the challenges of information and communication of our societies and their emancipatory projects.

We look forward to your participation.

Dr. Raúl Garcés Corra
Organizing Committee Chairman


School of Communication at the University of Havana (UH-FCOM)
Latin Union of Political Economics of Information, Communication and Culture (ULEPICC)
Havana Palacio de Convenciones


Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba (MES)
University of Havana (UH)
Union of Journalists of Cuba (UPEC)
Cuban Association of Social Communicators (ACCS)
Cuban Society of Information Science (SOCICT)
Cuban Association of Librarians (ASCUBI)


International Organizing Committee
Dr. Angel Badillo Matos, University of Salamanca
Chairman ULEPICC

Dr. Ruy Sardinha Lopes, University of Sao Paulo
Deputy ChairmanULEPICC

Dr. Francisco Sierra Caballero
IX ULEPICC Congress Secretary and Coordinator

Dr. Marta Fuertes, Universidad de Salamanca
Treasurer ULEPICC

National Organizing Committee
Dr. Raúl Garcés Corra, University of Havana
Organizing Committee Chairman

Dra. Zenaida Perez Costales, University of Havana
Executive Deputy Chairman

MSc. Orlando Gutierrez Lopez, University of Havana
Executive Secretary

Dra. Saladrigas Hilda Medina, University of Havana
Scientific Committee Chairwoman

Dr. Radames Columbié Linares, University of Havana
Scientific Committee Deputy Chairman

MSc. Dasniel Olivera Pérez, University of Havana
Scientific Committee Secretary

Eng., Lic. Zósima López Ruiz
Congress Profesional Organizer
Havana Palacio de Convenciones
Telephones: (53-7) 208-5199 / 202-6011 to 19, extension 1510
Electronic mail:

Subject Matters:

The main issue that will lead discussions will be INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION FROM SOUTH: ECONOMIC POLICY, CULTURE AND CRITICAL THINKING, which is organized into four main themes that articulate the work in the different modes of participation.

1st THEMATIC AREA: Politics, industry and self-regulation of information, communication and culture
1.1 Public policies for information, communication and culture.
1.2 Operation and management of the cultural industries.
1.3 Property, communication groups and media structure.
1.4 Public, popular or alternative communication.
1.5 Rights of information, communication and culture.
1.6 Information, communication, ethics and social responsibility.
1.7 Education and literacy for communication and information.

2nd THEMATIC AREA: Decolonization, cultural identity and information and communication technologies
2.1 Integration, communication and information.
2.2 Journalism, Media and Politics.
2.3 Digital culture, convergence and crisis.
2.4 Information, communication and speech: old and new mediations.
2.5 Communication, information, inclusion and social change.
2.6 Hereditary information, communication and culture
2.7 Information, audiovisual communication and social art.
2.8 Media, public service and agenda.

3rd THEMATIC AREA: Critique and emancipation in information studies, communication and culture
3.1 Research and epistemology of information and communication.
3.2 Theory and methodology of political economy of communication.
3.3 History, information and communication.
3.4 Training in Information and Communication.
3.5 Postgraduate and accreditation in information and communication.
3.6 Scientific Communication.
3.7 Partnerships, networks and legitimization of the fields of information and communications.

4th THEMATIC AREA: Social Fabric, otherness and sustainability of information, communication and culture.
4.1 Information and communication for risk management and disaster situations.
4.2 Information management, communication and knowledge.
4.3 Organizational communication and social change.
4.4 Information, Communication and Development: glances from the local area.
4.5 Health information and communication.
4.6 Gender, information and communication.
4.7 Childhood, youth, information and communication.
4.8 Population, public information and communication.

Profile of participants

Professionals, teachers, researchers, students and institutions linked to information, communication and culture in general.

Modalities for participation

 Keynotes
 Round tables
 Workshops
 Oral Free themes and poster

Official Language: Spanish

Instructions for submission of papers


• JUNE 15th: Abstract submitting
• JULY 15th: Abstract acceptance notification
• AUGUST 20th: Full text paper submitting
• SEPTEMBER 10th: Paper acceptance notification.

The Academic Committee will issue a notification regarding the reception of every paper via email in a term no longer than 72 hours, and will inform regarding the possible acceptance within the foreseen dates. This does not rule out the possibility to participate as a Delegate.

The approved papers will be published as part of the Report of ULEPICC-ICOM 2015. A collection of these will be selected for their publication in Alcance, the Cuban Magazine of Information and Communication.

Even though the official language of the event is Spanish, papers in Portuguese and English will be accepted as well.

To submit an abstract or paper, interested parties must first register in the event’s academic system through the following link: . Once registered, the options envio (send) or añadir contenido (add content) must be marked.

The full text paper document will be named as follows: Commission (Thematic Area)_main author’s last name_month_year.

e.g.: a paper sent to Commission 2.5 Communication, information, inclusion and social change , on May 15th 2015, must be named as follows: 2.5_Rodriguez_Juan_15_ 05_2015.

For any additional information on the matter or doubts regarding the naming of the documents, comments can be sent to the following email addresses: and

1. Minimum length 7 pages, maximum 15, including charts (maximum 3) and images (maximum 3), bibliography not included in the described number of pages.

2. Typograhy Arial 11, two (2) spaces and margin 2,5 cm on each side of the page. 8 ½ X 11 on Word 2003-2010 for Windows.

3. Bibliographic regulation APA 6th Edition.

4. On the first page of the document the authors information will be provided, including for each author: Full Name. Academic Title. Institution to which he/she belongs. Address. Country. Email address. Curricular abstract (maximum 80 words).

5. The presentation of the paper must include: Title: precise and clear. Abstract: must indicate intentions, reach, results and general structure (no longer than 200 words). Key words: maximum 5.

Presentation requirements:
• Software
• Equipment

6. The structure of the paper will include:
 Introduction: Top put forward the nature and reach of the research it encompasses, as well as its scientific, social and economic value, antecedents and paper purposes, set out in a numbered manner.
 Methodology: Top put forward the considered method, populations and samples, techniques, software and general developed procedures for the presented analysis.
 Development: To set out the essential analysis or results in a precise manner. The epigraphs will be marked in bold, and numbered in order: 3.1; 3.2; 3.3. This will be the sole presentation estructure accepted.
 Conclusions: analysis and most relevant synthesis, towards the continuity of the discussion on the selected topic, including challenges and scope.
 Bibliography
 Abbreviation, acronyms and symbols: must be only the internationally accepted, these must also be explained when firstly used. Greek symbols and characters, as well as superscripts and subscripts must be clearly defined.
 Charts and images: must be arranged in Arabic numerals and must be included in the text or at the end of the paper, clearly indicated. Terms, abbreviations and symbols used in the images must be the same appearing in the text. Frequent characters and symbols must be favored (preferably white or filled circles, squares or triangles). If the characters or symbols are too complex, they must be clarified in a succinct legend. Characters and symbols must be clear and of a sufficient size, so they are still legible when reduced for publication purposes. Support texts must be written in Arial 10, no longer than 20 words.


Those interested parties who may require an invitation letter for official business, may apply to the Organizing Committee at the e-mail addresses:

Registration Fees online:

Until August 15th 2015 From August 16th until November 23rd 2015
Professional 150.00 CUC 200.00 CUC
Under graduate student (*) 100.00 CUC 150.00 CUC
Companion 70.00 CUC
one time fee 70.00 CUC
one time fee

(*) Only for under graduate students who must present a vouching document or ID from his/her center of studies.

Undergraduate students who perform fee payment via online, must prove his/her condition by enclosing updated studies document or ID and a document or letter from the Dean of the College where s/he studies with signature and seal.


• Payment of the inscription fee must be performed online in the web site:

• Participants can also have access to the Congress especial packages prepared by Ventas Internacionales Palco, which include: inscription fee and immediate registration, accommodation with breakfast included in hotel Palco 4* (main venue), transfer in/out from and to the airport and the rest of the official program activities, they also include personalized assistance. Payment can be performed online for a sole transaction that will guarantee the main needed services, those interested can contact:

Lic. Idania Vega Fernández
Marketing Specialist for Ventas Internacionales Palco
Phone number: (53-7) 208-4398
Email address: /


• Applicants who do not make the online payment of the registration fee may perform payment in Cuba at the time of accreditation, in the official currency in force in the country (CUC) on December 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4.00 pm, at the House for Registration and Accreditation in the Conference Center.

The Cuban currency (CUC) can be purchased from the arrival in the country at the airport, hotels, banks and exchange offices (Cadecas) from Euro, US, Canadian and Australian dollar, British pound, Swiss franc, Mexican peso, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian krona, Japanese yen and Balboa, according to the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment. In Cuba credit cards VISA, MASTERCARD and CABAL are accepted, provided that head office issuing the card is not American.

FEE IN CUBA, time of registration

 Professional - 200.00 CUC
 Undergraduate student (*) - 150.00 CUC
 Companion - 70.00 CUC

The registration fee includes:

Professional and undergraduate student:
Credential, participation in the inauguration and closing ceremonies, participation in scientific sessions, documents folder, certificate of attendance and/or copyrights, welcome drink and lunch at the venue on December 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th.

Credential, participation in the inauguration and closing ceremonies, companion program, souvenir, welcome cocktail and lunch on December 11th at the venue. The registration fee does not include lunch on December 8th, 9thand 10th.

Registration fees do not cover the cost of scheduled pre and post event courses.

Expo ICOM 2015

In conjunction with the event, a RELATED EXHIBITION will be organized in the Palacio de Convenciones, which will favor a suitable framework for the institutions involved in the communication and information to display their products and services, particularly universities, specialized schools, news organizations, audiovisual production companies, related themes marketing companies, consultants, subscribers of publications and publishing houses, among others.

The conditions for displaying computer products will be also created: databases, multimedia and software applicable to the management and delivery of library services, or useful for scientific information and communication organizations.

Expo ICOM 2015 has also scheduled the presentation of books and magazines of interest to communication and information.

Raúl González Castro
Professional Exhibition Organizer
Palacio de Convenciones, Havana
Phone number: (53-7) 208-7541 / 202-6011 al 19, extension number 1507
Email address:

Official Receptive CUBATUR Travel Agency
Lic. Nelson Ramos Mesa
Phone number (53-7) 206-9808 and 206-9809
Email address:

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