CfA: Workshop (Forced) Migration and Media at the University of Leicester, 13 June

Extended Deadline – Call for Applications
Workshop (Forced) Migration and Media at the University of Leicester

13th June, 2016

For this one-day workshop – on the Monday, the 13th of June – we are looking for applicants who conduct research on how media and forced migration intersect. The deadline to submit your abstract is on the Sunday, the 29th of May, 23.59 GMT.

Outline Interdisciplinary Workshop aimed at academic knowledge exchange

The academic interest for (forced) migrants and media is very topical given the influence of the ‘refugee crisis in Europe’. But while ethnographic research has indeed shown that diasporic communities are often vanguards of digital technologies and it is clear that forced migration and mediated connectivity are increasingly intertwined, critical research in this area is still lacking.

We aim to bring together established and upcoming scholars from different areas together in order to further understand and increase our knowledge on the mediation of (forced) migration.

We are looking for applicants who conduct research to further the understanding on how media and forced migration intersect. New and old media play a crucial role in the lives of (forced) migrants.

Within this workshop we aim to explore how we can understand the intersections between different media forms, including people’s own media use, and (forced) migration. We bracket the forced, as we recognise that the label ‘refugee’ can have its own difficulties, and could even be considered as a governing tool appropriated by nation-states. This workshop could therefore also be opened up to people who consider mixed migration or challenge the distinction between economic and forced migrations in regard to media.

The workshop aims to bring together new career researchers, post-graduate students and established scholars and post-graduate students and to create a vibrant inter-disciplinary discussion about the mediation of forced migration.
After a general opening and key note speeches, early career researchers are invited to present their work (in progress) with a Q & A section to follow, in order to enhance mutual learning about different approaches to understand this issue. We aim to provide an informal space where outcomes but also new proposals and ideas can be shared.

Potential presenters can consider their work, relevant to the following streams:

1. Media representations of (forced) migration.
2. Methodology, media and migration.
3. Trajectories of (forced) migrants.
4. Media power in the politics of (forced) migration.

For a more detailed description of these streams, please have a look at the attachment or on our Facebook event-page: Workshop (Forced) Migration and Media or contact us on

In the closing plenary session we will look for bridges, and consider how we as academics can best engage to policies and practices.

We ask you to submit the title of your work, an abstract of maximum 300 words  Sunday, the 29th of May, 23.59 GMT to

Accepted participants will be notified by the 1th of June.

There are limited slots available for listeners only.

Costs: Attendees are asked to contribute £10 each, in order to contribute to the travel costs of attendees without funding. Those attendees who have to travel far within the UK and do not have funding to cover travel costs can contact us for additional funding.

* Contrary to what our first call stated, the workshop on Community impact has been postponed to a later date so it won’t take place during Ramadan. For more information on the Community Impact Event, please contact Idil Osman: or Mirjam Twigt: