MMIC Seminar Series: A/Prof Pierluigi Musarò - 'Aware Migrants: the role of information campaigns in the management of migration'

02/12/2020 01:00 pm 02/12/2020 02:00 pm Australia/Melbourne MMIC Seminar Series: A/Prof Pierluigi Musarò - 'Aware Migrants: the role of information campaigns in the management of migration'

'Aware Migrants': the role of information campaigns in the management of migration

Associate Professor Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna, Italy)

In this seminar, Pierluigi Musarò will explore how information campaigns to deter potential migrants and refugees from leaving their countries depict them in very specific ways, operating as ‘new bordering practices’ in conjunction with extraterritorial border policies. This issue will be explored using the example of a specific information campaign – Aware Migrants (2016) – funded by the Italian Government and managed by International Organization for Migration to dissuade potential newcomers from attempting the journey across the Mediterranean Sea. As an analysis of Aware Migrants makes clear, these campaigns contribute to normalising a transnational imaginary of a militarised borderscape comprising places of violence and death, exploitation and detention, which is part of the complex dichotomies of care and control, proper of contemporary border regimes. This seminar will shed light on how these symbolic bordering practices contribute to nurturing a ‘compassionate repression’ that increasingly and silently legitimises the difference between the ‘us’ (the figure of the citizen) and the ‘them’ (the figure of the foreigner).

Read Pierluigi Musarò's recent European Journal of Communication article, 'Aware Migrants: The role of information campaigns in the management of migration' (2019) for more information.

View the flyer for this event here.

About the speaker:

Pierluigi Musarò is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy. He is Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at the New York University. He is the author of several papers in the field of migration and border, media communication, cultural sociology and sustainable tourism.

Pierluigi is the European Coordinator of Atlas of Transitions, a project focused on the potentialities arising from the contemporary migration phenomenon and seeks new ways of experiencing public space and the cohabitation of European citizens and newcomers through art. He is principal investigator for several major international projects, including The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies, an interdisciplinary network of experts from six universities in Australia and Europe and recently secured Horizon 2020 funding to undertake a three-year project on Investing in 'Welcoming Spaces' in Europe: revitalizing shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants (2020-2023).

This seminar is presented by the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

RSVP to Kieran Hegarty at kieran.hegarty@monash.edu.

Event Details

Date:
12 February 2020 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue:
Elizabeth Burchill Room, E561, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Categories:
Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre; Border Crossings Observatory

Description

'Aware Migrants': the role of information campaigns in the management of migration

Associate Professor Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna, Italy)

In this seminar, Pierluigi Musarò will explore how information campaigns to deter potential migrants and refugees from leaving their countries depict them in very specific ways, operating as ‘new bordering practices’ in conjunction with extraterritorial border policies. This issue will be explored using the example of a specific information campaign – Aware Migrants (2016) – funded by the Italian Government and managed by International Organization for Migration to dissuade potential newcomers from attempting the journey across the Mediterranean Sea. As an analysis of Aware Migrants makes clear, these campaigns contribute to normalising a transnational imaginary of a militarised borderscape comprising places of violence and death, exploitation and detention, which is part of the complex dichotomies of care and control, proper of contemporary border regimes. This seminar will shed light on how these symbolic bordering practices contribute to nurturing a ‘compassionate repression’ that increasingly and silently legitimises the difference between the ‘us’ (the figure of the citizen) and the ‘them’ (the figure of the foreigner).

Read Pierluigi Musarò's recent European Journal of Communication article, 'Aware Migrants: The role of information campaigns in the management of migration' (2019) for more information.

View the flyer for this event here.

About the speaker:

Pierluigi Musarò is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy. He is Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at the New York University. He is the author of several papers in the field of migration and border, media communication, cultural sociology and sustainable tourism.

Pierluigi is the European Coordinator of Atlas of Transitions, a project focused on the potentialities arising from the contemporary migration phenomenon and seeks new ways of experiencing public space and the cohabitation of European citizens and newcomers through art. He is principal investigator for several major international projects, including The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies, an interdisciplinary network of experts from six universities in Australia and Europe and recently secured Horizon 2020 funding to undertake a three-year project on Investing in 'Welcoming Spaces' in Europe: revitalizing shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants (2020-2023).

This seminar is presented by the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

RSVP to Kieran Hegarty at kieran.hegarty@monash.edu.