Migration and media: Migration in media, migration media (Migration and Media)

Venue: Universidad Santiago de Compostela

Location: Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain

Event Date/Time: Nov 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 12, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 16, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Nov 02, 2010
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Migration and Media

VI CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNICATION FORUM

MIGRATION AND MEDIA: MIGRATION IN MEDIA; THE MEDIA IN MIGRATION

NOVEMBER 8-12, 2010

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES FACULTY (SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA UNIVERSITY)

Migration is a condition that defines the whole humankind status and a determining factor for its own history. The lapse on which human being has become sedentary is insignificantly short compared with the time spent as a nomad.

The migratory condition is enhanced “wherever it is possible to imagine a larger freedom, better living conditions and a more satisfactory Project for personal and family fulfilment” (garcia roca: 2010). Currently, one out of every thirty five human beings in the World is an International migrant (Rifkin: 2010).

Nevertheless, the need for maintaining social and identity filiations is an essential part of human nature as well as migratory condition is. Therefore, it is necessary for migrants to find and enable the use of tools meant to satisfy this need and keep the sense of belonging to a community amongst them. These tools would be media, that allow them to enjoy a virtual mobility, which partly compensates the possible physical and borderline limits migrants may have to face due to their condition.

Migrant people’s social relations and identity constructing are now building up diasporic communities in the cyberspace. Virtual networks are not, however, the only means for re-creating themselves and confirming their communitarian identity. Experiences such as this can be seen in every possible media and format, whether it is radio, tv, or printed media. In this way, as told by Appadurai, media are offering “new resources and disciplines for the construction of the imagined “me” and imagined worlds”.

However, there is another side to consider in the media-migration relationship, and it consists on the way migrant people are represented by media. This representations trend to switch their disposition according to the environment and circumstances, and their quality may vary from clingy naïf idealizations or victimizations to the most aggressive stereotypes, not to mention also the plain and simple omission about the existence of the other; someone that could be uncomfortable to deal with and to whom we are just beginning to learn how to approach.

In this vi citizenship and communication forum we will be focusing on the relationship between media and migration as a necessary construction for the citizen to relate with the other and the role and extent of the influence of media in this interaction.

As one of the central themes of this event, we believe it is timely to take the knowledge of the gallegan experience related to migration, with the idea of developing tools in order to handle the resources and information regarding the incoming migration at the region, as well as for contributing to the articulation of a balanced, more analytical and objective discourse about migrant people and the migratory phenomena from media and therefore, society as a whole.

Venue

Facultad de Ciencias da Comunicacion, Campus Norte
La Coruña
Spain
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The event has no cost for the public. For submitting papers, ther is a €50 fee.