Media and Migration in the Baltic Sea Region (MeMiBaS)
The network project looked at the historical and today's role of the media in the Baltic Sea Region in light of current challenges and analysed historical lines of developments of migration processes. In 2017/18, the project was funded by the Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg [Hamburg Research Funding].
The project understood the Baltic Sea Region as a space for transnational communication, as a space of diverse and mutual relations as well as a space of migration with long historical traditions. We turned our attention towards the media as a central actor in the negotiations of related social topics such as population movements, territorial development, spatial construction, processes of communisation or the emergence of social identities and the related questions of belonging and exclusion. Funded by the Landungsforschungsförderung Hamburg [Hamburg Research Funding], “Media and Migration in the Baltic Sea Region“ expanded contacts to colleagues in the fields of communication and media science as well as media history and contemporary history of the universities in Lund, Aarhus and Jyväskylä systematically to a sustainable network of partner institutions in the Baltic Sea Region.
Against the backdrop of current social challenges, the network focused on the following research questions:
How do the media grasp the different forms of migration; what narratives and images emerge in local, national, transnational and international communication processes?
What social self-understandings are renegotiated – for instance, the claim or rejection of being an immigration country or an “immigration society”?
To what extent are what actors and actors’ networks part of communicative construction processes and can shape discourses due to their position of power?
What forms and formats shape the reception of migration events and the related social challenges?
How is the perception of space and “locations”, which are challenged by migration movements and increasing cross-border communication options, renegotiated?
How do the media adapt historical references and use them (communication about the past /uses of the past)? What role do memories about past migrations play for the social negotiation of current migrations?
The project aimed on a subsequent application on a European level in order to ensure a sustainable research network. Thereby, it expanded existing contacts to colleagues in the fields of communication and media science as well as media history and contemporary history of the universities in Lund, Aarhus and Jyväskylä systematically to a sustainable network of partner institutions in the Baltic Sea Region.
"Media and Migration in the Baltic Sea Region" (MeMiBaS) was funded by the Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg [Hamburg Research Funding] with Seed Money until 30 May 2018.
Research programme: RP3 - Knowledge for the Media Society