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Tuesday, 04 December 2012

In Focus: Media – Conflict – Migration

On 4 December 2012, the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – ifa together with Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and Deutsche Welle (DW) will conduct the conference “In Focus: Media – Conflict – Migration. The conflict potential of the media coverage regarding migration from the countries of the Arab Spring to Europe”.

In Europe, the Arab revolutions have not only raised great hope of a political and social "spring" in the region, but also elicited fears and conflicts regarding the migratory movements from the respective countries to the European continent.

In this process, the media coverage plays a crucial role. By informing about events, the media stands in a field of tension between policy interests and its societal duty to secure reliable, well-researched and preferably "conflict-sensitive" journalism. 

Beyond the scope of the media and political actors, academia also has an important role to play when it comes to the delicate and complex issue of migration. Academia is supposed to act as a corrective of biased or distorted societal and political narratives and discourses and thereby ensure an accurate representation of migration issues. 

The conference takes a close look at the media coverage of migratory movements to Europe from the countries of the Arab Spring during the revolts. The pictures, articles und reports have created a certain image that is to be analyzed. Drawing together representatives from the media, politics and science, discussions will address the discrepancies between public perception and real events. Experts will unfold the reasons for and the consequences of that gap and identify possible solutions to the prevailing problems that are connected with the specific migratory movements in question. 

The conference takes place in the framework of the ifa Research Program “Culture and Foreign Policy” and is jointly organized by ifa, BICC and DW.

Conference program

Venue: Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, Bonn; 10:00– 5:30 hrs. 

As the number of participants is limited, please confirm your attendance to: Mr Daniele Saracino (e-mail: saracino(at)ifa.de, phone: +49-228-429-2006) 

Project: Media and conflict