Sunday, November 13, 2016

Refugees, Immigration Control and Indifference_Lecture by Prof. Gill SOAS 16 Nov 2016, 6pm.


Refugees, Immigration Control and Indifference: Reflections on the Role of Distance

Prof Nick Gill (Exeter, Dept of Geography)

Date: 16 November 2016Time: 6:00 PM
Finishes: 16 November 2016Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT
Type of Event: Lecture

In this lecture Professor Nick Gill seeks to understand the ways in which border control practices draw forth indifference to refugees. In particular, the recent history of border control in Britain has highlighted various ways in which different forms of distance – literal, cultural and psychological – have been implicated in the nurturing and generation of indifference to migrant suffering and struggle among the public in general and among functionaries within the border control system. Professor Gill offers both a general reflection on the dynamics of indifference, estrangement and remoteness in contemporary immigration control regimes, and a summary of recent findings from research in Britain’s First Tier immigration and asylum tribunal. The discussion concludes by exploring the implications of the dynamics of indifference for activist tactics in pursuit of deborderisation.

Organiser: Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies
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'Un partigiano mi disse'_A project by Gabriele Del Grande

CONGRATULATIONS to Gabrele Del Grande (one of the directors of On the Bride's Side) for his successful crowdfunding campaign to support his nex book project Un Partigiano mi disse.

All details here
Well done Gabriele, looking forward to reading your book!

The Mediation of Migration_18 Nov 2016 London School of Economics

An LSE Department of Media and Communications Symposium
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 Dept. 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 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 and journalistic work.
Registration reqired (SOLD OUT)

09:00- 09:30 Registration, tea and coffee
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 at Sea
Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre, NAB
Introduction and Chair: Pierluigi Musaro, University of Bologna
Film introduced by the Director via videolink  

Dialogues on Migration_17 Nov 2016 4pm. London School of Economics

This panel is designed to prompt a discussion about research on the move: the challenges mobility poses for fieldwork and analysis, and the scope it offers for creative responses. Researching migration, asylum, and mobility from media and cultural studies perspectives through embodied methodologies requires close attention to liminality, silence, and experiences of dislocation.


Tracing the transcultural subjectivity of unaccompanied refugee minors through ethnography, Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen, University of Tampere/LSE

Debris: collaborative explorations of abandoned objects from Lampedusa, Karina Horsti, University of Jyväskylä/LSE

Documentary film screening: WRECK (2016, 10 min., Director Jan Ijäs, script: Karina Horsti and Jan Ijäs)

Introduction: Professor Lilie Chouliaraki,
Chair: Anna Roosvall, Associate Professor, Fellow (Stockholm University/LSE)
Discussant: Pierluigi Musaro, Associate Professor, Fellow (University of Bologna/LSE)

17th November 2016, 4pm-6pm
Silverstone Room, Department of Media and Communications
Tower 3, 7th floor
Image: courtesy of Jan Ijäs

ARCHIVE-AS-METHOD SALON-Italian Colonial Heritage UoL 5 Dec

Working with Visual Documents of the Italian Colonial Heritage

Monday 5th of December 2016, 3.30-6.30pm

Presentations, short-film screenings and Q&A with:
Alessandra Ferrini, Gianmarco Mancosu, Martina Melilli and Jacopo Rinaldi

This Salon brings together artists, filmmakers and historians in order to discuss methodological approaches to the exploration and activation of colonial, archival material. Given the recent interest in the Italian colonial past, the salon aims to shed light onto a previously marginalised historical period.

The first part of the salon will introduce to the fascist imperial project and its legacy through Gianmarco Mancosu's research based on the newsreels on the Ethiopian War of 1935-36 and Alessandra Ferrini's essay film and pedagogic project Negotiating Amnesia (2015), which is based on archival photographs and propaganda postcards from the same period. The second part of the salon will kick off with Martina Melilli's presentation of an ongoing body of work stemming from her family's history in the Libyan colony and in Italy, after the expulsion of Italians from Libya in 1970. It will be followed by Jacopo Rinaldi's problematisation of the truthfulness of archival material, through his research in the Pirelli Historic Archive (Milan), and the production of works exploring the rubber industry. To conclude, the four researchers will be in conversation and will open up the debate to the public.

Free, but seats are limited. To book a place, please email us at

University College London, SH243, 2nd floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU



3.30-3.45 Introduction

3.45-4.15 Gianmarco Mancosu
"Deconstructing The Imperial Visual Archive: Production, Reproduction, Resignification Of The Fascist Newsreels On The Ethiopia War." (Includes screening of newsreels)

4.15-4.45 Alessandra Ferrini
"Negotiating Amnesia: Activating Images and Questioning Memories" (Includes screening of excerpts from Negotiating Amnesia, 2015)

4.45-5.00 Break

5.00-5.30 Martina Melilli
"TRIPOLITALIANS: building a personal archive to narrate a shared story." (Includes screening of short films from TRIPOLITALIANS)

5.30-6.00 Jacopo Rinaldi
"Can an Archive Lie?" (Includes screening of A Romance of Rubber, loop, 2015)

6.00-6.30 Q&A and Open Discussion



Alessandra Ferrini is a London-based artist, researcher and educator, co-founding director of the research platform and online magazine Mnemoscape. Her work is rooted in lens-based media, (post)colonial and memory studies, historiographical and archival practices. She holds an MA in Art ad Visual Culture from the University of Westminster.

Gianmarco Mancosu is PhD Student at the University of Warwick. His research interests are the representations of colonialism in Italy between Fascism and the Republic, and related recollections in contemporary visual products. He is currently working on a monograph about the Istituto Luce’s 'Reparto Foto-Cinematografico Africa Orientale', which he studied in his first doctoral work (Cagliari, 2015).

Martina Melilli is an Italian visual artist and filmmaker. She graduated with a master degree in Visual Arts (IUAV), with a major in Documentary and Experimental Cinema (LUCA School of Arts). Her research deal with the representation of the individual and collective imagery in relation with memory and “belonging”.

Jacopo Rinaldi is an artist and researcher living in Rome. He graduated in Milan with a master’s degree in Visual Art and Curatorial Studies at Naba. His research concerns the relation between memory, oblivion and architecture in the transmission of knowledge.

#MyEscape_Film screening Goethe Institut London 14 Nov 2016

 For many refugees a mobile phone is indispensable, if not a lifesaver. They use it to organise their travel, communicate with other refugees and their relatives back home, or to store memories of their lives before they started their journey. The documentary #MyEscape brings together a number of accounts of refugees who have made their way to Germany from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Eritrea via different routes, using their mobile phones to record their journeys. The documentary joins the footage they filmed with their reports given retrospectively during extended interviews after their arrival in Germany. We learn about their reasons for leaving, the dangers and difficulties they encountered during their travels as well as about their first impressions when arriving in Germany. The film ends with a short overview of how the protagonists settled in and what kind of activities they were engaged in at the time, leaving open how their lives would develop thereafter.

Germany 2016, colour, 90 mins. With English subtitles.
Director: Elke Sasse.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with der director Elke Sasse
hosted by Marta Welander, Founder, Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP)

Buy tickets here

Location: Goethe-Institut London
50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road

Photo Exhibition: Humans of Calais

Migration from the Perspective of Migrants

This photo exhibition of daily life in the refugee camp in Calais is the result of the research project Humans of Calais, which gives migrants a voice in order to understand their experiences from their own perspective. Residents of the Calais camp were given disposable cameras to record their daily lives in the camp. These visual snapshots, and the migrants’ narratives that accompany them, offer a unique insight into the ways in which migrants build their lives under difficult and makeshift circumstances, whilst also showing their ideas and dreams.
Researchers: Signe Sofie Hansen, Tara Flores, Ishita Singh and Layla Mohseni, MA Students from the Department of War Studies

Location: War Studies Meeting Room (K. 6.07)
Category: Culture, Exhibition
When: 11/11/2016 (17:00) - 02/12/2016 (17:00)