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Kirsten Forkert, Federico Oliveri, Gargi Bhattacharyya, and Janna Graham

This chapter questions mainstream approaches to migrants as tellers of sad stories about their individual migration journeys. With this aim, it introduces performative methods used to de-construct the processes of migrantification through the creation of scenes. In these scenes, the experiences of discrimination and exclusion explored in the previous chapter are acted out and made the subject of collective analysis. The chapter is based on theatrical workshops and performances carried out with participants (who we see as acting as co-researchers in this project) and in collaboration with two community theatre companies: Implicated Theatre (London, UK) and Cantieri Meticci (Italy).

in How media and conflicts make migrants
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Unsettling dominant narratives about migration in a time of flux
Kirsten Forkert, Federico Oliveri, Gargi Bhattacharyya, and Janna Graham

This concluding chapter summarises the key insights of the book. It also reflects on how these might apply to the current political moment, which at the time of writing is characterised by political flux and emerging right-wing populism (within which anti-immigration politics plays a central role). This situation underlines the persistence of questions of international responsibility and the role of the media in covering conflicts (and those who flee them). It ends by calling for networks of solidarity to challenge white amnesia and postcolonial innocence.

in How media and conflicts make migrants