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[ecrea] Call for papers: Communication Rights and Forced Mobility

Tue Dec 22 19:19:18 GMT 2015

12-15 July 2016,
University of Vienna, Austria

Submissions are invited for special panels on the special series of
Communication Rights and Forced Mobility as part of The Turkish Migration
Conference 2016 which is hosted by the University of Vienna from Tuesday
12 July to Friday 15 July 2016.
Organized by Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies, London and the
Media Governance and Industries Research Lab at the University of Vienna,, this section aims to bring
together a variety of approaches to help us better understand the
dis/connections of communication rights of the world citizens experiencing
forced mobility.
While the so called "refugee crisis" became a ‘code’ for European media
and politicians to describe the extraordinary movement of people toward
the continent, people on the move have inadvertently caused ‘Europe’ to
come face to face not only with its strength to uphold Human Rights and
Communication Rights in particular aiming to protect the vulnerable, but
also with its weakness to act in such a way.
Potent images of death, suffering, but also agency of people on the move
have raised long-standing ethical questions of journalistic practices, but
at the same time have exposed the concrete impact of policies on people’s
lives – and deaths. While the media and journalists are finding themselves
challenged to report on human tragedy and human agency, ‘staying neutral’
has become an impossible and possibly ethically questionable task. On the
one hand, people on the move are being reported on in terms of natural
catastrophe metaphors; on the other hand, stories of survival and death
aim to humanise the numbers of people seeking refuge.
Finally, reaching a ‘destination’ does not necessarily mean that the
‘journey’ of seeking refuge is complete. The context of forced mobility,
vulnerabilities mixed with moments of agency and empowerment underpin the
social experiences people make, either when dealing with the State or with
‘host’ societies, as well as with members of their ‘own’ group under new,
challenging circumstances.
We are interested in papers that document, analyse, speculate and
interrogate the journey, destination and experience of communication from
all possible perspectives that is connected with people’s rights to be
granted protection and their human rights to be respected.
Papers on the following topics, but not limited to them, are sought: - To
what extent citizens' communication rights are
respected/challenged/violated within the discursive construction of
“refugee crisis”?
-What place do the communication rights have in the geographies of flows
and networks of late modernity?
- How the notions of global, local and transnational are articulated in
the study of forced mobility?
- What is the impact of media, information and communication technologies
on the journey towards refuge?
- How do audiences understand this crisis? What is its coverage and
relevance for audiences?
- Has “the refugee crisis” had a bearing on freedom of expression and
social media?
- How does civil society at large respond to the needs for communication
and interlocution?
- Is there a communication rights crisis connected with forced mobility? -
Gender-specific dimensions of loss of and agency in communication rights
Please send your abstract of 350 words and your affiliation and contact
details to Katharine Sarikakis, (Katharine.Sarikakis /at/ and Deniz
Özalpman, (ozalpman /at/

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