....POLKOM-mandag 04.03 - Displaced people for sale?..POLKOM-Monday 04.03 - Displaced people for sale?....

....POLKOM-mandag 04.03 - Displaced people for sale?..POLKOM-Monday 04.03 - Displaced people for sale?....

Mandag den 04.03 inviterer POLKOM til åpent lunsjseminar. Innleder denne mandagen er gjesteforsker David Ongenaert fra Ghent University som vil presentere sitt prosjekt “Displaced people for sale? A multi-methodological research project on international refugee organizations' public communication strategies towards the Syrian and Central African displacement crises”

Since 2011, the world has faced a major increase in forced displacement (UNHCR, 2018). Moreover, displaced people are nowadays confronted with hostility, xenophobia and an increasing popularity of the far-right. In those contexts, refugee organizations play a vital role to protect the rights and well-being of these people. In recent decades, however, several states have become more reluctant to cooperate with refugee organizations (Loescher, 1996; Betts, Loescher & Milner, 2012) and/or have tightened their asylum policies (Betts & Loescher, 2011; Johnson, 2011). Consequently, public communication – as a tool for informing, sensitization and agenda-setting (Atkin & Rice, 2013) – is crucial for refugee organizations’ operations (Dijkzeul & Moke, 2005).

Within this constellation, I will present the objectives and research design of a research project on refugee organizations’ public communication strategies and this from a multi-method perspective. Despite the significant contribution of said communication to the public perception of displaced people and so-called ‘displacement crises’ (Chouliaraki, 2012), few studies have examined how refugee organizations attempt to influence the media agenda and broader public opinion in terms of “what to think” (“second-level agenda setting”) (Sallot & Johnson, 2006, p. 152, original italics). Therefore, the general objective of this research project is to critically investigate if and how the text, production and reception dimensions involved in international refugee organizations’ public communication strategies towards the recent Syrian and Central African ‘crises’ relate to and interact with each other. This overarching objective is operationalized through an empirical focus on three key actors (the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Norwegian Refugee Council, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles) following three interrelated research objectives.

Seminaret holdes klokken 12.00 i rom 418 på IMK.

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..On Monday the 04.03 POLKOM will host an open lunch seminar. This weeks speaker will be guest researcher David Ongenaert from Ghent University. He will present his project “Displaced people for sale? A multi-methodological research project on international refugee organizations' public communication strategies towards the Syrian and Central African displacement crises”

Since 2011, the world has faced a major increase in forced displacement (UNHCR, 2018). Moreover, displaced people are nowadays confronted with hostility, xenophobia and an increasing popularity of the far-right. In those contexts, refugee organizations play a vital role to protect the rights and well-being of these people. In recent decades, however, several states have become more reluctant to cooperate with refugee organizations (Loescher, 1996; Betts, Loescher & Milner, 2012) and/or have tightened their asylum policies (Betts & Loescher, 2011; Johnson, 2011). Consequently, public communication – as a tool for informing, sensitization and agenda-setting (Atkin & Rice, 2013) – is crucial for refugee organizations’ operations (Dijkzeul & Moke, 2005).

Within this constellation, I will present the objectives and research design of a research project on refugee organizations’ public communication strategies and this from a multi-method perspective. Despite the significant contribution of said communication to the public perception of displaced people and so-called ‘displacement crises’ (Chouliaraki, 2012), few studies have examined how refugee organizations attempt to influence the media agenda and broader public opinion in terms of “what to think” (“second-level agenda setting”) (Sallot & Johnson, 2006, p. 152, original italics). Therefore, the general objective of this research project is to critically investigate if and how the text, production and reception dimensions involved in international refugee organizations’ public communication strategies towards the recent Syrian and Central African ‘crises’ relate to and interact with each other. This overarching objective is operationalized through an empirical focus on three key actors (the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Norwegian Refugee Council, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles) following three interrelated research objectives.

The presentation will be held at 12.00 in room 418 at IMK

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