In a world, where movement (of things, people, ideas) has become the norm, the figure of the migrant has become a key element when it comes to characterize contemporary conditions. In this presentation, my attempt is to outline a cartography, that is “a theoretically based and politically informed reading” (Braidotti 2014) of the power relations and dynamics involved in media depictions of migrants. The focus will be on regimes of representation, mobility, and affect as well as on the assemblages that emerge.
Brigitte Hipfl is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Her research interests are media and gender, identity/subjectivity, cultural studies, media education, and postcolonial Europe. She has introduced Frigga Haug’s memory work into German media studies. Among her recent publications in English are the edited books Media Communities (Waxmann, 2006 with Theo Hug), Teaching with the Third Wave. New Feminists’ Explorations of Teaching and Institutional Contexts (ATHENA book series, 2009 with Daniela Gronold and Linda Lund-Pedersen) and Teaching Race with a Gendered Edge (ATGENDER book series, 2012 with Kristin Loftsdottir). Together with Kristín Loftsdottir and Andrea Smith she is currently in the process of finishing the edited volume Messy Europe: Crisis, Race and Nation State in a Postcolonial World and working on her own book that focuses on affective labour of media.