242 Complex, Contingent or Austere?: Representing Migrants in European Print Media in 2000s

Thursday, June 27, 2013: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
5.60 (PC Hoofthuis)
Scholarly research has shown significant interest in migrant representation in European media within the last decade. Most of the relevant debate concludes that during the 2000s the discourse – particularly on Muslim migrants – has been framed in a negative manner. However, not many studies focus on multiple dimensions and origins of such framing and few focus on the consequences of this framing on revising the existing theoretical approaches for explaining media representation of migrants. This panel challenges the claim that reporting on migrants in general and Muslim migrants in particular is clearly austere. The studies presented in the panel identify and explain under what conditions and why different patterns of migrant representation in the print media in Europe emerge. The papers use the data coded from print media (sampled as two newspapers with different political leanings per country) in Austria, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands for the period between 1999-2010 for a project on the representation of Muslim migrants in Western European print media funded by TÜBİTAK. While discussing the reasons for diversity in discourses, the different papers address mainly the following questions: Under what conditions are migrants represented with negative or positive frames, in the 2000s, and why? Which patterns emerge for the discourse on different ethnic groups and/or whether migrants' voices are part of the media reporting ? In what ways and to what extent is the reporting on Muslim migrants and migrants of Turkish origin are linked in the 2000s, and why?
Saime Ozcurumez
Rens Vliegenthart
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