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.