November 18th 2016
Silverstone Room – TW3.7.01.A
London School of Economics and Political Science

One million migrants crossed the borders of Europe in 2015, in, what came to be known as the “refugee crisis”. This Symposium focuses on the mediation of this “crisis” at a trans-European and local level, in order to address the questions:

 * How is “the refugee crisis” communicated in European media?

 * How do refugees appear in “our” media?

 * How do border agents use media in their reception of refugees?

Drawing on findings from the “Migration and Media” research project, funded by the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, the Symposium is organized as a series of conversations between LSE scholars and leading migration and media researchers and practitioners.

The aim of the Symposium is to reflect on the urgent ethico-political challenges of “the crisis”, as these emerge at the intersection of human mobility, security, care and media. But its aim is also to enable us to engage with important moments in the mediation of “the crisis”. These moments are addressed through academic work but also through creative work. The Symposium will close with the Oscar-nominated and Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival 2016 /Fuoccoamare/Fire at Sea/, by Gianfranco Rosi.

*Programme *

09:00- 09:30 Welcome coffee and tea

09:30- 11:00

Welcome, Prof. Nick Couldry, Head of Media and Communications Dept, LSE
Keynote speech, Dr Vicki Squire, University of Warwick

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

Panel One: Making or covering “a crisis”? Europe’s media representations
Lilie Chouliaraki, Myria Georgiou and Rafal Zaborowski, LSE
Kai Hafez, University of Erfurt

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch – /with poster presentations from the Migration and Media team/


Panel Two: Refugee visibilities and invisibilities* Lilie Chouliaraki, LSE Myria Georgiou, LSE Frank Johansson, Director of Amnesty International, Finland

15:30-15:45 Coffee break


Panel Three: Communication architectures of borders and routes
Lilie Chouliaraki and Myria Georgiou, LSE Marie Gillespie, Open University

18.00-20.00 Fuoccoamare/Fire on Sea, Oscar-nominated film
Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre, NAB

Introduction and Chair: Pierluigi Musaro, University of Bologna Film introduced by the Director, Gianfranco Rosi, via video-link


Places are limited so registration is essential: