Juan Francisco SALAZAR

General Presentation

  • Juan Francisco Salazar (born in Chile, 1971) is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at the School of Communication Arts, and a researcher at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney.He works across several fields and practices, including practice-led and action cultural research and video arts and production.

Current Projects

Digital Refuge: Storytelling and Sustainability of Community Media in Western Sydney.

Researchers: Juan Salazar, Hart Cohen, Lena Nahlous, Caitlin Vaughan. Funding Body: UWS Sustainability Research Grant. Partner: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Fairfield City Council (FCC). Period: 2007-2008

Hot Science, Global Citizens: The Agency of the Museum Sector in Climate Change Debates

Researchers: Fiona Cameron, Bob Hodge, Brett Neilson, Juan Salazar, Jan Conroy, David Karoly, S. Chan, Carolyn Meehan, Lynda Kelly, Graham Durant, Wayne LaBar and Richard Sandell Partners: Museum Victoria, Australian Museum, Questacon and The Liberty Science Center (USA) Funding Body: Australian Research Council Period: 2008-2010

33º South: Heterotopies of Place and Space Researchers: Sarah Waterson and Juan Salazar. Funding Body: Australia Council for the Arts, Research and Development Grant. Period: 2007-2008

Global Digital Atlas for Cultural Diversity, Pluralism and Intercultural Dialogue in Asia

Researchers: Ien Ang, Kay Anderson, Andre Frankovits, Brett Neilson, Juan Salazar, Ian Johnson, Steven Hayes, Andrew Wilson, Beng Huat Chua, Daniel P. S. Goh, Eric Charles Thompson, Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar, Shilpa Phadke Partner/Funding Body: UNESCO Period: 2007-2008

  • Areas of research: Media anthropology; community and alternative media; Indigenous media; communication and social change; experimental film; documentary film theory and production; cultural mapping; ICT's and intercultural dialogue; Latin America.



  • PhD Communication and Media (2005), University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Arts (Culture Studies) (1999) University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Anthropology (Honours) (1994) University of Chile

Other work

Media Production

2007 Co-coordinator of Suburban Crossings project in collaboration with the School of Communication Arts (UWS) and Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) http://suburbancrossings.net/fairfield

De la Tierra a la Pantalla - (From Land to Screen) Director, Producer, Editor. Documentary. 37 minutes. Digital Video. 2004. http://www.nativenetworks.si.edu/eng/rose/salazar_jf.htm

Festival Screenings

  • Chilean Cinematheque, Santiago, June 2007
  • 17th Presence Autochtone Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, June 2007.
  • 13th American Indian Film and Video Festival. New York, December 2006.
  • 6th Environmental Film Festival of New Orleans, September 2006.
  • Showcase of Indigenous Cinema. Casa de America. Madrid, June 2005.
  • Showcase of Indigenous Cinema. Spanish Cultural Centre. Lima, Peru, April 2005.
  • Exhibition Mapuche-Newen, Museum of the Americas, Denver, USA, June-September 2005
  • 7th International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video, Santiago, Chile 18-22 June 2004.

2004 No Cold Feet - Co-director, Camera, Editor. 15 minutes, DV.. Produced for De Quincey Company, Sydney.

2003 Breath - Co-director, Camera, Editor. 13 minutes, DV. Produced for De Quincey Company.

2002 Digital Desert - Director, Producer, Editor. Experimental videotape. DV & Super 8 film. 9 minutes. Exhibited at Attention Span video installation. Curated by Lisa Andrew. Scott's Church. Sydney, May, 2002.

1999 Rite of Passage - Director, Producer, Editor. Experimental videotape. DV & Super 8 film. 12 minutes. Exhibited at Changing Images Film Festival. Chauvel Cinema, Sydney, 2000.

1999 Anatomia Monumental - (Monumental Anatomy) Conceptual Director. Multimedia installation. Exhibited at National Museum of Fine Arts (1999). Santiago, Chile. Museum of Contemporary Arts, Valdivia, Chile.


Authored Books and Edited Journals

Pettit, J., J.F.Salazar and A.Gumucio-Dagron (2009) Citizens’ Media and Communication: new expressions of power and voice. Co-edited special double issue of international journal Development in Practice. Editor in Chief Deborah Eade, Oxfam, Great Britain: Rawat Publications.

Cohen, H., J.F. Salazar & Iqbal Barkat (2009) Screen Media Arts: Introduction to Concepts and Practices. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/media_studies/9780195562446

Cohen,H. & J.F.Salazar (2005) Digital Anthropology. Special Issue of Media International Australia (Incorporating Culture and Policy) Issue 116. August 2005.

Book Chapters

Salazar, J.F. (2009) Making Culture Visible: the mediated construction of a Mapuche Nation in Chile, in L. Stein, C. Rodriquez and D. Kidd, (Eds.) Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere – Volume 1, Cresshill NJ: Hampton Press.

Saloazar, J.F., (2009) Tactics of Elusion in recent Australian Cinema. in Nicholas Tsoutas (Ed.) Australia. Casula Arts Centre Publications. Biennale of Sydney 2008.

Salazar, J.F, & A. Cordova (2008) Imperfect Media: The Poetics of Indigenous Video in Latin America, in M. Stewart and P. Wilson (Eds) Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics. Duke University Press.

Salazar, J.F, & S. Waterson (2008), Play_Space: Participatory Communities and Game Space, in D. Butt, J. Bywater and N. Paul (Eds) Place: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice. Cambridge Scholars Press.

Salazar, J.F. (2007) Indigenous Peoples and the Cultural Constructions of information and communication technology in Latin America, in L.E. Dyson, M. Hendriks and S. Grant (Eds) Indigenous People and Information Technology. Idea-Group Publishing, pp. 14-26.

Salazar, J.F. (2007) Indigenous People and the Communication Rights Agenda: A Global Perspective, in V. Nightingale and T. Dwyer (Eds) New Media Worlds: Challenges for Convergence. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Pp. 87-101.

Journal Articles

Salazar, J.F. (forthcoming 2010) Digital storytelling and emerging citizens’ media practices by migrant youth in Western Sydney, in I. Rigoni (Ed.) Les médias des minorités ethniques. Représenter l’identité collective sur la scène publique. Numéro spécial Revue européenne des migrations internationales. Vol 26. No.1.

Salazar, J.F. (2009) Indigenous Video and Policy in Latin America. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics. Volume 5, Numbers 1&2. Bristol: Intellect Books. Pp 125-130.

Salazar, J.F. (2009) Self-determination in practice, in Pettit, J., J.F.Salazar and A.Gumucio-Dagron (Eds.) Citizens’ Media and Communication: new expressions of power and voice. Co-edited special double issue of international journal Development in Practice. Editor in Chief Deborah Eade, Oxfam, Great Britain: Rawat Publications.

Dyson, L., M. Hendriks and Juan F. Salazar (2006) ICTs for Intercultural Dialogue: An Overview of UNESCO’s Indigenous Communication Project. Refereed Conference Proceedings Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication (CATaC'06).

Salazar, J.F. (2005) Digitising Knowledge: anthropology and new practices of digitextuality. Media International Australia (Incorporating Culture and Policy) (MIA C&P) Issue 116. Special Issue on Digital Anthropology. Theme Editors: Hart Cohen and Juan F. Salazar. August 2005. Pp 64-74.

Salazar, J.F. (2005) Communication rights in the ‘information society’: The case of Indigenous media in Latin America. Revista Códigos, Issue 2. Universidad de la Américas, Puebla, Mexico, December. Pp. 38-52.

Salazar, J.F. (2003) Articulating an activist imaginary: Internet as counter public sphere in the Mapuche movement in Chile. Media Information Australia incorporating Culture and Policy. No. 107, May 2003, pp. 19-29.

Salazar, J.F. (2002) Activismo Indígena en América Latina: Estrategias para una construcción cultural de las tecnologías de información y comunicación, in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Vol.8 No.2, December 2002. Melbourne: La Trobe University, pp. 61-79.



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Other information

  • Date of birth : 1971
  • Place of birth: Chile
  • Gender: Male
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  • Language(s): Spanish, English

Participation in the Alternative Media Global Project

  • Yes
  • Function(s): Correspondent for Australia

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