Kevin Smets

Migration and visual cultures: methodological reflections and strategies

Kevin Smets (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)



2021 NECS Online Lecture (4/5)

April 29, 2021 – 18:00 CET

“Building on several mostly audience-centred studies on migration and visual cultures, I discuss in this presentation a range of methodological reflections. These reflections are intended to develop strategies to (a) overcome methodological nationalism; (b) avoid ethnocentrism as well as (c) mediacentrism. Inspired by my ongoing research, I will also share some reflections on participatory methods and visual methods and how to mobilize them in the context of migration and diaspora.”


Kevin Smets is assistant professor of media and culture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). His work focuses on the intersections between media, migration and conflict. He is the vice-chair of the Diaspora, Migration & Media division of the European Communication Research & Education Association (ECREA) and recently co-edited the Sage Handbook of Media and Migration.


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