Cfa MedieKultur: Media and migration in times of crises

Media and migration studies, and digital migration studies in particular (Leurs & Smets 2018; Smets et al. 2020, Leurs, 2023), have carved out an increasingly consolidated field. Building on these insights, this special issue emphasizes that migratory experiences and unfoldings are always already mediated: represented through media, and embedded in migrants’ media practices using digital (communication) technologies. Media not only set the frames of how crises are discursively constructed, perceived, and handled, but also how migration can be enacted and experienced via media, for example, by affecting decisions to migrate, possibilities of navigating routes, crossing technologized borders, maintaining communication across distances or diasporic communities, as well as through public representations and imaginations.

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