„We traveled to a lot of different spaces of participation | Closing Session & Feedback

 

Inputs:

Brigitte Hipfl, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Fabian Virchow, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany

Matthias Wieser, University of Klagenfurt, Austria (tbc)

Chair: 

Tanja Thomas & Miriam Stehling, both University of Tuebingen, Germany

Here are a few comments and feedback on the Spring School 2016:

“ We traveled to a lot of different spaces of participation.( from Namibia to Germany, from Mexico to USA ) “ Matthias Wieser, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

“ Who are the actors of participation? There are different actors, for example filmer, journalists, public, researchers, different groups, the media and it´s potential.“ Brigitte Hipfl, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Additional literature

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Henry Jenkins and Nico Carpentier: Theorizing participatory intensities. A conversation about participation and politics (2013)

Abstract:

This conversation started in Prague, the Czech Republic, during a panel moderated by Irena Reifová at the symposium ‘On Empowered and Impassioned Audiences in the Age of Media Convergence’. The event was organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. The text contains a series of discussions. First, there is a conversation about the nature of the participatory democratic utopia and participatory culture and how groups take (or do not take) advantage of the affordances of new and emerging media. It also emphasizes the political nature and potential of popular culture and touches upon its connection to institutionalized politics. Three other key areas are mentioned: the role of different cultures of leadership, the significance of organizations in structuring participatory processes, and the need to enhance civic learning, providing more support for participatory cultures. This is combined with an interlocking discussion about the definition of participation and how it is tied up with power. It covers the differences between participation and interaction, engagement, interpretation, production, curation, and circulation. Finally, there is an underlying strand of discussion about the role of academia, focusing on the relationship between critical theory and cultural studies, the need to deconstruct our own frameworks and the question of which language to use to communicate academic research to the public.

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Nico Carpendier: Beyond the Ladder of Participation: An Analytical Toolkit for the Critical Analysis of Participatory Media Processes (2016)

Abstract:

Participatory research is facing three challenges—how to deal with the theoretisation and conceptualisation of participation; how to support the research with analytical models; and how the evaluate the research outcomes. This article aims to address these three problems by distinguishing two main approaches (a sociological and a political) in participatory theory and developing a four-level and 12-step analytical model that functions within the political approach. In this analytical model, a series of key concepts are used: process, field, actor, decision-making moment and power. The normative-evaluative problem is addressed by reverting to the critical perspective to evaluate the societal desirability of particular participatory intensities. This critical perspective—potentially—adds a 13th and final normative layer to the analytical model.

(Access provided by Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen)

Der Film „Leben verboten“ zeigt das Leben von geflüchteten Menschen in Deutschland und verdeutlicht dabei die Schwierigkeit, elementare Menschenrechte in Deutschland durchzusetzen.

Unter dem Titel „Kein Platz zum Leben“ haben Geflüchtete aus der Kreissporthalle in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bündnis „Solidarity & Action: Tübingen für alle“ und dem Infocafé eine Podiumsdiskussion veranstaltet, um über die Lebenssituation von Flüchtlingen in dieser Halle zu sprechen. Eingeladen waren die Tübinger Bevölkerung sowie Vertreter und Vertreterinnen des Landratsamts Tübingen.

Ela Boyacos engagiert sich in der Flüchtlingshilfe im Infocafé der Kreissporthalle. Im Interview erzählt sie uns, wie die Veranstaltung verlaufen ist und wie Freiwilligenarbeit im Umgang mit Flüchtlingen erfolgreich gestaltet werden kann.

Frau Boyacos, können Sie uns beschreiben, wie die Veranstaltung verlief?

Ela Boyacos: Die Bewohner/-innen aus der Kreissporthalle haben zusammen mit der Initative „Solidarity & Action“ eine Einladung an das Landratsamt geschrieben, um in einer Podiumsdiskussion über die Situation in der Kreissporthalle zu sprechen. Sehr schön war, dass sowohl Frauen als auch Männer z.B. aus Syrien und Afghanistan auf der Bühne zur Sprache kamen und auch Übersetzer verschiedener Sprachen anwesend waren. Die Flüchtlinge haben über ihre dringlichsten Probleme gesprochen, unter anderem weil sie auch nicht wissen, wann sie wieder aus der Unterkunft hinaus können. Die Veranstaltung war sehr gut besucht und das Feedback im Nachhinein war sehr positiv.

Hat die Veranstaltung zu einer Verbesserung der Lebenssituation der Geflüchteten geführt?

Ela Boyacos: Innerhalb der Halle meines Wissens nach nicht. Aber vor kurzem wurden einige Familien mit schwangeren Frauen und Kindern unter einem Jahr in eine andere Unterkunft gebracht.

Können Sie uns von Ihren Erfahrungen berichten, was engagierte Freiwilligenhelfer/innen tun können, um die Lebenssituation geflüchteter Menschen zu verbessern?

Ela Boyacos: Wichtig ist, dass man miteinander spricht und auch voneinander lernen kann. Es treffen unterschiedliche Perspektiven aufeinander, unsere ist mit Sicherheit eine ganz andere als die der Geflüchteten. Wir müssen von anderen Menschen lernen, was es bedeutet, sich zu unterstützen – und was wir erreichen können, wenn wir uns organisieren.

Welche Erfahrungen haben Sie im Umgang mit Flüchtlingen gemacht? Was sollte man beachten?

Ela Boyacos: Diese Menschen sind Opfer des Krieges, die nicht fliehen wollten. Aber sie sind selbstbestimmte Menschen, die auch ein selbstständiges Leben führen wollen. Wenn man zum Beispiel eine Freizeitaktivität anbietet, die nicht besucht wird, sollte man nicht enttäuscht sein. Man sollte die Menschen ganz offen fragen: Was kann ich tun, um zu helfen? Was genau braucht ihr und kann ich euch das geben? Das ist die Aufgabe. Also nicht nur für die Geflüchteten, sondern gemeinsam mit ihnen etwas bewirken. Und das durchaus auch auf politischer Ebene.

Friday 08th April, 2016

 

08:30-

09:00

Coffee

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

09:15-

09:30

Welcome & Organizational Issues

Location: Room 27, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

09:30-

11:00

Keynote #3: Immigrant Protest, Immigrant Rage: Border Disorder and Transnational Cinema

Speaker: Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, USA

Location: Room 27, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

11:00-

11:30

Coffee Break

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

11:30-

13:00

Roundtable #3: Protest and Participation within Immigration Societies

Inputs:

Barbara Kiolbassa, University of Tuebingen, Germany

Débora Maria Moura Medeiros, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Matthias Wieser, University of Klagenfurt, Germany

Respondent: Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University Athens, USA

Chair: Fabian Virchow, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany

Location: Room 32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

13:00-

14:00

Lunch

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

14:00-

15:30

Workshop for Future Networks and Projects

Chairs: Tanja Thomas & Miriam Stehling, both University of Tuebingen, Germany

Location: Room 32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

15:30-

16:00

Coffee Break

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

16:00-

17:30

Closing Session and Feedback

Inputs:

Brigitte Hipfl, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Fabian Virchow, University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, Germany

Matthias Wieser, University of Klagenfurt, Austria (tbc)

Chair: Tanja Thomas & Miriam Stehling, both University of Tuebingen, Germany

Location: Room 32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

„Medieval Tuebingen“ – Guided City Tour

Meeting Point:

Verkehrsverein Tourist- & Ticket-Center, An der Neckarbrücke 1, 72072 Tübingen

The Guided City tours starts at the Verkehrsverein Tübingen, which is located in the City of Tübingen, next to the river “Neckar”.

By Bus

If you would like to get there by bus, you can take the lines 1, 2, 6, 7 and 21 at the station “Mohlstraße” and get off at the station “Neckarbrücke”. Single tickets can be purchased at the ticket machine for € 2,30 (Coins only!).

Keynote #2 | Transcultural remembering of European border zone: Participatory documentary film as mediated witness | Dr. Karina Horsti

Abstract:

Although human rights activists estimate that about 20,000 people died at Europe’s borders in the past 20 years, public commemorative performances are scarce. However, participatory culture and media practices afford different kinds of transcultural forms of ‘mnemonic resistance’ against dominant narratives. This presentation examines an Italian online audio-visual archive Archivio delle memorie migranti that documents experiences of contemporary migration in Italy. The archive is an exemplary case of cultural and civic activism that resists cultural amnesia surrounding migrant tragedies. Documentary films and interviews with filmmakers are analysed to examine the ways in which transcultural remembering of those who suffered or lost their lives in European border zones emerges to public sphere through participatory filmmaking.

Literature and recent publications:

„Digital islamophobia: The Swedish woman as a figure of pure and dangerous whiteness“, New Media & Society, forthcoming, accepted for publication.

2017 „Communicative memory of irregular migration: The re-circulation of news images on YouTube“. Memory Studies,forthcoming, accepted for publication.

2016  „Visibility without voice: Media witnessing irregular migrants in BBC online news journalism“. African Journalism Studies, online first.

2016 „Imagining Europe’s borders: Commemorative art on migrant tragedies“. In Lynda Mannik (ed.) Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion, and Survival, pp. 83 – 100. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

2015 „Techno-cultural opportunities: the anti-immigration movement in the Finnish media environment“. Patterns of Prejudice, 49(4).

2015 „Conditions of cultural citizenship: intersections of gender, race and age in public debates on family migration“.Citizenship Studies 19(6-7): 751 – 767. (Co-authored with Saara Pellander.)

2014 ”National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe. An Introduction.” In K. Horsti, G. Hultén & G. Titley (eds.) National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe, pp. 3 – 18. Bristol: Intellect.

2014 ”The cultural diversity turn: policies, politics and influences at the European level”, in K. Horsti, G. Hultén & G. Titley (eds.) National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe, pp. 43 – 60. Bristol: Intellect.

2014 ”The politics of a multicultural mission: Finland’s YLE in a changing society”, in K. Horsti, G. Hultén & G. Titley (eds.) National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe , pp. 167 – 183. Bristol: Intellect.

2013 “The ethics of hospitality in changing journalism: The response to the rise of the anti-immigrant movement in Finnish media publicity”, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(4): 489 – 504, co-authored with Kaarina Nikunen.

2013 “De-ethnicized victims: Mediatized advocacy for asylum seekers”, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 14(1): 78 – 95.

2013 “Maahanmuuttajat mediamaisemassa” [Immigrants in the media scape] in T. Martikainen, P. Saukkonen & M. Säävälä (eds.) Muuttoliikkeet, etnisyys ja monikulttuurisuus. [Migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism], pp. 301 – 317. Helsinki: Gaudeamus. (In Finnish.)

2012 “Humanitarian discourse legitimating migration control: FRONTEX public communication”, in M. Messier, R. Wodak & R. Schroeder (eds.) Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 297 – 308. Vienna: Springer Science & Business Media.

 

 

Thursday 07th April, 2016

 

08:30-

09:00

Coffee

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

09:15-

09:30

Welcome & Organizational Issues

Location: Room 27, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

09:30-

11:00

Keynote #2: Transcultural remembering of European border zone: Participatory documentary film as mediated witness

Speaker: Karina Horsti, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Location: Room 27, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

11:00-

11:30

Coffee Break

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

11:30-

13:00

Poster Session: Presentation of Young Scholars’ Research Projects

Location: Lounge in front of rooms 30-32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

13:00-

14:00

Lunch

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

14:00-

15:30

Roundtable #2: Media Representations, Practices and Discourses within Immigration Societies

Inputs:

Kaya de Wolff, University of Tuebingen, Germany

María José Martínez, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Tanya Muscat, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia

Diana Radmann, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Respondent: Karina Horsti, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Chair: Brigitte Hipfl, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Location: Room 32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

15:30-

16:00

Coffee Break

Location: Room 31, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

16:00-

17:30

Workshop #B: Media and Participation within Immigration Societies: What can academia contribute?

Inputs:

Ebru Taşdemir, Neue deutsche Medienmacher, Berlin, Germany

Vassilis Tsianos, University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany

Chair: Johanna Bröse, University of Tuebingen, Germany

Location: Room 32, Ground floor Neuphilologikum (Brechtbau), Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

18:00-

19:30

Guided City Tour “Medieval Tuebingen”

Note: For the guided city tour we need to ask for a contribution of 10,- Euro per Person.

Meeting Point: Verkehrsverein Tübingen, An der Neckarbrücke 1, 72072 Tübingen