Graduate Workshop

18th NECS Graduate Workshop Hosted online by Università di Palermo

Migration as Method: Media, Circulation, and Knowledge Production

An interdisciplinary field of study calling almost by default for committed approaches, the analysis of the relationship between media and migration has until recently lacked a sustained reflection on methods, prioritizing instead migration as a research object, and particularly as a thematic of mediated narratives, with tropes such as the dinghy boat, the ‘invasion’, and the wall at the forefront of media scholars’ concerns. And yet, as Radha S. Hegde has it, “migration is a dynamic process that shapes, exceeds, and cuts across individual communities, economies, nations, and borders. The scholarly challenge is to find the methodological and conceptual stance to capture the intricacies of these interactions” (2016: 6). How do we best accommodate the circulatory dynamics involving currencies, commodities, information, and knowledges in the oft-spectacularized accounts of migratory movements in the media? What are the methods and tools that prove most useful in order to widen our gaze on both “mediated migration” and the migration of media knowledge itself? And what if, taking our inspiration from Mezzadra and Neilson’s meditation on borders (2013), we proposed to take migration as a method in its own terms? With this workshop, we would like to reflect on the ways in which migration, in its broadest sense, can be said to play a constitutive role in the modes of production and organization of knowledge.

Palermo, June 7, 2021

Panel 1 (15-16:30)
Michele Ferris (Illinois/Costa Rica), From the Intimate to the Infrastructure: A Critical Approach for Understanding Migration and Communication Technologies
Michelle Pfeifer (NYU), The Voice and the Archive: Tracing Media Genealogies of Sonic Control
Giacomo Toffano (VUB), Fictional Refugee Cartographies: Re-Tracing Human Trails on Imaginary Maps
Eszter Zimanyi (USC) Mediating "Europe" across the Balkan Route

Break (16:30-17)

Panel 2 (17-18:30)
Erik Scaltriti (OSU), Digital Distribution and Transnational Circulation: Two Methodological Challenges
Irene Gutierrez Torres (VUB), Methodological and Ethical Challenges in the Research of the Video- Diaries Recorded by Black African Migrants at the Moroccan-Spanish Border
Nicole Braida (Mainz), Understanding Interactive Practices through Migration
Eda Elif Tibet (Bern), Sisterhood at times of War: Transcending Borders through the Co-Creation of a Collaborative Auto-Ethnography Film, Ballad for Syria

Organizers: Giuseppe Fidotta (Concordia University, Canada) and Mara Mattoscio (Università “G. d’Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Italy).