Politics of bordering: subjectivities, technologies, media

Hosted by the Department of Media and Communications

Silverstone room, 7th floor, Petcock-Lawrence House, United Kingdom


Nicola Mai

Nicola Mai

Professor of Sociology and Migration Studies, Kingston University

Georgie Wemyss

Georgie Wemyss

Senior Lecturer, University of East London

Lukasz Szulc

Lukasz Szulc

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, University of Sheffield

Kevin Smets

Kevin Smets

Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Maria Kyriakidou

Maria Kyriakidou

Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University


Lilie Chouliaraki & Myria Georgiou

Department of Media and Communications

Four years after the European migration 'crisis', this symposium reflects on the changing politics and power relations of the border. Taking its starting point on the role of media as technologies and representations, it asks how the media change the spaces and practices through which migrant populations are today governed but also how the media are appropriated by migrants as tools of resistance. By treating the border as a site of political struggle, a 'politics of bordering', the Symposium focuses specifically on sexual identity and civic action as key sites of political struggle over migrants' safety, voice and recognition. 



13:00: Introduction (Lilie Chouliaraki & Myria Georgiou) 

13:05-14:00: Opening lecture by Prof Nicola Mai, Kingston University Mobile Orientations. An intimate autoethnograhy of migration, sex work and humanitarian borders

14:00-14:15: Coffee break

14:15- 15:45: Panel 1: Mediated migration, gender and sexuality  

Georgie Wemyss, University of East London

Everyday gendered bordering and belonging

Lukasz Szulc, University of Sheffield

Uncanny Europe: Borders, Brexit and Queer Digital Cultures

Tijana Stolic, LSE

Trafficked women in the news: ambivalent moving subjects

15:45 -16:00 Coffee break 

16:00 – 17:15 Panel 2: Migration “after” the crisis  

 Kevin Smets, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Media and immobility at the edges of the ‘migrant crisis’: the affective and symbolic immobility of forced migrants

Maria Kyriakidou, Cardiff University

Mediated hospitality beyond media texts: audience discourses of migration in Greece

 Myria Georgiou, LSE  

Bordering subjects and migration’s digital governmentality: Assorting people in multicultural societies

 17:15 – 17:30: Closing remarks (Lilie Chouliaraki & Myria Georgiou)

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