Eryn Berger

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Temple U.

Grant number

Gr. 9274

Approve Date

April 18, 2016

Project Title

Berger, Eryn Fe Snyder, Temple U., Philadelphia, PA - To aid research on 'Afrodescendant Youth, Cultural Citizenship, and the Promise of Media Democracy in Argentina,' supervised by Dr. Paul B. Garrett

Preliminary abstract: Afrodescendant youth in Argentina currently find themselves navigating competing national discourses and complex transnational identity politics as they struggle to enter the public sphere as both legitimate citizens of the nation-state and vocal members of their diasporic community. My research examines Afrodescendant youth media production in order to understand how young Argentines of African descent conceptualize and assert their cultural belonging and citizenship within shifting racial paradigms and a changing media landscape in Argentina. Within the context of Argentina’s recent media reforms and growing transnational Afrodescendant communication networks, I investigate recent efforts to bring visibility to the African Diaspora in Argentina through state-sponsored multicultural initiatives that train Afrodescendant youth media-makers. Taking a critical approach to the promises of inclusivity that have accompanied the state’s discourses of multiculturalism and media democracy, this project examines how state-sponsored media workshops both enable and possibly constrain Afrodescendant youth’s efforts to challenge exclusionary politics of cultural citizenship in Argentina. I will conduct fieldwork at youth media workshops, followed by a period of multi-sited collaborative research with youth participants in their home communities. Studying the post-production phase will yield new insights into the local impact of youth media projects and provide an opportunity to critically explore how media is conceptualized by Afrodescendant youth as a tool for social mobilization and democratic participation.