This eleven day summer school, organized by the University of the Americas in cooperation with Bournemouth University, explores community communication and the promotion and documentation of indigenous language and culture. Classes will take place at the University of the Americas, Quito, and near Tena, in the Amazon. Project teams will work on strategies focused on documenting and promoting the Quijos Nationality´s language and cultural practices using digital communication tools and social media. Quijos youth will co-direct the projects, developing media and documentation techniques for the study and promotion of the language and culture of the area.

Registration is limited to 25 participants, incuding Quijos participants. The languages of instruction are 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. Knowledge and willingness to learn Napo Kichwa is strongly advised.

Main Objectives

Main Objectives

– To study community media production and promotion through action-research.
– 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 and promote 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.


11 days Summer School: International participants: US $1250*:

·       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
·       Goodbye cocktail

* 10% discount for groups of 5 or more

Special discount for local participants

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

*Accepted payment methods: cashpoints at UDLA, wire transfer, Visa or Paypal. Details will be provided after completing the registration form.


Day 1

The first day 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..

 The first three days will focus on three core themes:

  1. Approaching the promotion language and culture: A critical look at digital storytelling and nation branding
  2. Media activism: Local communication and social media strategies.
  3. Indigenous language policy and documentation: Tools and strategies.

Day 2 Workshop - UDLA

  1. Morning: Workshop on Community engagement in the Amazon
    Project design
  2. Afternoon: Group project preparation

Day 3

  1.  Morning: Group project preparation
  2.  Afternoon:  Departure for the Amazon:  Day 3, 13h 

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. 

Days 8 - 10

 Post production, transcription and wikipedia workshops

Day 11

Presentation of project work
Evaluation by lecturers and invited guests
Presentation of certificates


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).

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 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.”

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.

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 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 is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito 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 and is currently visiting Lecturer for the PhD programme in Social Sciences at the Argentinean National University of Cuyo. 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).

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).

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.

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 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.

IAN MARTIN is an Associate Professor of English in the English Department of the Collège universitaire Glendon College, the bilingual liberal arts faculty of York University, in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of three graduate faculties [Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, and Public and International Affairs] and teaches courses in language policy, Indigenous language policy, language learning, and English as a Second Language. He is also coordinator of the Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language (Cert D-TEIL). For 18 years, he has been working in Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory in the Eastern Arctic, in the field of language and bilingual education policy. He lives in Toronto, is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren, all of whom are or (he hopes) will be bilingual.



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