Workshop this Friday: Destitution and the role of Ethnic-minority Media…

Destitution and the role of Ethnic-minority Media in representing Asylum-seekers

Workshop 27th April 2007, Nottingham FREE

This workshop, to be held at Nottingham Trent University as part of the ‘Making the Connections: arts, migration and diaspora’ series, aims to explore issues surrounding ‘destitution’ and the role of ethnic-alternative media in giving a voice to the destitute. Most refused asylum seekers who remain in Britain, and some of those recently granted refugee status, suffer from a range of problems including homelessness, mental and physical health conditions, exploitation in the shadow economy, and negative coverage in the mainstream media. Most of those refused asylum cannot return to their countries of origin for a number of reasons, and because of negative and aggressive government policies are forced to occupy the margins of the margins in our society. The alternative-ethnic media have an important role in mediating the asylum seekers’ case for ‘entitlement’, and in contesting the systematic exclusion of asylum seekers from the public sphere and their relegation into ‘zones of silence’. In addition, the alternative-ethnic media can potentially counter negative public perceptions of asylum seekers – a group who are frequently misrepresented by sectors of the British mainstream media.

As well as hearing from our speakers, there will be an opportunity for all delegates to engage in debate and discussion, and look at how the issues raised can be taken forward in following seminars.

The event is FREE and buffet lunch and refreshments are provided. Delegates must book in advance as places are limited. To reserve your place, please contact Rebecca McErlean (rebecca.mcerlean@ntu.ac.uk) or call 0115 848 3278 by 20th of April. Please state any access or dietary needs you have. There is a small budget available to cover the expenses of unwaged delegates which will be allocated according to individual circumstances. Please mention when booking if you feel you are entitled to this assistance.

We look forward to receiving your booking and to seeing you on 27 April.

Olga Guedes Bailey, Roger Bromley, Maggie O’Neill and Phil Hubbard.

– School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University –
Sponsored by the AHRC Diaspora, Migration & Identities Research Program

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