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Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere

Life Seekers, Lesvos, 2015, photo Jillian Edelstein

How are migrants represented in the European media? Join a book launch and panel discussion exploring the issue

Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere gathers critical responses to the representations of migrants in the media in Europe through nine essays by prominent writers, artists and journalists. Ever since the 'migrant crisis' hit the headlines in 2015, migrant perspectives have been lost in mainstream media. If migrants do appear in media coverage they are represented as characters in other people’s stories, or as something other. This volume challenges this narrative of dispossession through essays by and interviews with artists, journalists and authors.

A panel discussion exploring these issues will be chaired by Chrystal Genesis, with contributions from Tania Bruguera, Nesrine Malik, Daniel Trilling, and André Wilkens.

Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere is conceived from the ‘Displaced in Media’ project and is created in cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation and published by Valiz. The book is edited by Ismail Einashe and Thomas Roueché and features contributions from Tania Bruguera, Moha Gerehou, Aleksandar Hemon, Lubaina Himid, Dawid Krawczyk, Antonija Letinić, Nesrine Malik, Nadifa Mohamed, Ece Temelkuran, Daniel Trilling, Menno Weijs, André Wilkens.

Panel Participants

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist. Her work pivots around issues of power and control, and several of her works interrogate and re-present events in Cuban history.

Nesrine Malik is a British-Sudanese columnist and features writer for the Guardian. She was named Society & Diversity Commentator of the Year at the 2017 Comment Awards.

Daniel Trilling is a journalist and editor of New Humanist magazine. He writes about migration, borders, and nationalism for several publications, including the Guardian, London Review of Books and The New York Times.

André Wilkens is the Director of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. He is also the Board Chair of Tactical Tech Cooperative, the co-founder of the Initiative Offene Gesellschaft, and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

The European Cultural Foundation works for an open, inclusive and better Europe. It was created 65 years ago for the promotion of European unity by encouraging cultural and educational activities of common interest.

Chrystal Genesis is a journalist and curator. She runs the independent award-winning arts and culture podcast STANCE. She leads on creating courses, workshops and performance programmes for young people at Southbank Centre, London.

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Date & Time

19 July 2019 at 18.30–20.00

Advance tickets are now sold out. A small number of places will be available on the evening on a first-come first-served basis

Doors open at 18.00. The talk is followed by book selling and a drinks reception in the Terrace Bar from 20.00

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