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Colonial legacies, postcolonial contradictions: this is one of the main lines along and across through which our societies are called to think about our present. Gender, race, sexuality, class, nationality, and religion – and their crossroads – define spaces, bodies, and experiences on which colonial legacies and postcolonial contradictions infer and intervene. Discourses, narratives, and the role media plays in (re)shaping the representations that constitute the lens through which we experience and interpret these legacies and contradictions are today one of the battlefields within which critical perspectives and knowledge may take place. Security, securitization, fear, and moral panic engendered by the challenge of our postcolonial, hyper-capitalist present are today urgent issues that shape our emotions, understandings, and action.

(DE)OTHERING Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and 'internal Others' in Portuguese and European mediascapes engages with all these issues. This project sets out to critically examine media representations of migrants, refugees, and ‘internal Others’ in Portugal and across Europe while mapping out their interconnections with particular narratives in the field of security and within the War on Terror. Its perspective is feminist and joins methods and theoretical frames from cultural and postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, international relations, and literary, media, and visual studies. Its scope brings together reflections from very different cases and contexts. Its critical discourse analysis brings into dialogue a broad array of online and offline media representations and a variety of written texts – including interviews with media experts, artists, and activists.

The cases it takes into account are among the ones that presently offer framing symbolic material for the construction of Europe as an “imagined community” in danger (of invasion, mutation, and ultimately disappearance): the sexual assaults reported during the 2015 New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other German cities; the media narratives on the French and British ISIS/Daesh women; the media representations of the border and its trespassing at Lampedusa as the sea gate of Europe, as well as in Portugal, a country which is neither the main destination of said fluxes, but where the permanent dialogue with European political actors often results in reproducing stereotyped and securitized European media and political discourses on refugee and migration flows. 

Through the project’s network of experts from the five cases and beyond, CES is building a space for further research and collaborative knowledge production in order to foster both critical analysis on current constructions of Europe, the ‘migration crisis’, citizenship, and social action against injustice.

Gaia Giuliani and the (De)Othering team

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