International Symposium – Beyond Humanitarian Narratives: Critical Perspectives on Media, Migration, and International Cooperation – Italy

  • June 27, 2013
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In the second half of the twentieth century, international migration emerged as one of the main factors in social transformation and development in all regions of the world.

Immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees are often represented by the media as victims or “dangerous people”.

The symposium aimed to analyse the representation of migrants and their countries of origins in the European and Italian media, with special reference to ethic, aesthetic and political aspects of the “humanitarian narrative”.

The sessions of discussion started with the lecture Missing out on the politics – Media coverage of humanitarian crises” by Prof. Suzanne Franks, City University of London, UK and continued with 3 different panel discussion: Media production, Migrants’ voices: discourses on migration, Humanitarian emergency and border control.

About 20 international academic papers have been analysed. Moreover- in parallel with the symposium- a workshop on Media and social communication has been organized.

The Workshop -addressed to professional journalists – aimed to analyse the representation of migrants and their countries of origin by the point of view of practitioners.

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