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December 15, 2021
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Borderlands, Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

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Book Project

(Re)presentation of Refugees in Media:

Local and Global Perspectives

Edited By

Nasir Uddin & Delwar Hossain

Concept Note

The roles of media in shaping public opinion and formulating policy concerns towards refugee and migrants’ politics have long been underscored by scholars across the disciplines. Media could provide both “sympathy frame” and “hostility frame” for the refugees and asylum seekers in the countries of migration and beyond. In the process of news, views and analyses, these issues are molded by various mechanisms of media including agenda-setting, story-lining and perspective-framing. By doing so, the process of integration and assimilation of the refugees and migrants could be jeopardized in the host societies. 

Media and refugees rhetorically live together, hence complementary to each other, as refugees benefit from media to have appeared before the global community as well as media (re)presents refugees as victims of the state and the system. However, it seems a contesting fact that while civic liberalism, human rights voices, democratic norms, and the multipolarity of faith, race, and ethnicity seemingly tend to increase, strikingly the global refugee situation is on the rise. Given the contestation, media play a very significant role to disseminate information and framing issues related to the conditions of the refugee situation across the globe.

Media mobilizes global opinions in favor of refugee conditions to make the state accountable for generating humanitarian situations. At the same time, the media conventionally portrays the refugee situation before the world as if it is a ‘crisis’ created by the refugees themselves. Particularly, such a critic against media came up when the refugee situations in Europe in 2015-2016 were projected as a ‘crisis. This sort of media portrayal adds a negative connotation to the refugee situation across the globe. Media covers both ‘hate speech’ against and ‘sympathy’ for the refugees as well as ‘hostility’ in the place of origin and ‘hospitality’ in the place of migration. But, in most cases, media lack voicing the victims who take refuge finding no other alternative but to accept the fate of refugeehood. Media gives limited opportunities to the refugee to speak up but projects humanitarian crises to further dehumanize them.

Media publishes images of suffering people and people in outrageous crisis which adds to the populist projection of stereotyping ‘refugee crisis. At the same time, media brings perpetrators to light which helps the global community stand up in favor of refugees and mobilize public opinion. This is the way media deals with refugee issues both as helpers and harmers, friends and foes, humanitarian and humiliating ones, and productive and counter-productive at local, national, regional, and global scales. Such dual roles in dealing with the refugee issues equally make media accountable in the broader spectrum of ethics, human rights, and global justice.

Given the context, the book tends to address the following unaddressed questions: Should media stand by refugees or maintain deliberate distance under the pretext of ‘objectivity’ and ‘neutrality’? Should media consider the ‘greater good of the society and cover issues related to media with more empathy and following ‘ethics of care’? Does the media have any right to further dehumanize the refugee in humanitarian conditions? Is the media entitled to publish photographs of refugees in dire crisis without informed consent? Should media stand by the state which is in most cases responsible for generating refugee situations or make the state accountable for the acts of rendering its people refugees? Why does the media project the refugee situation as a ‘crisis’ rather than the human beings in crisis? What roles can media play to reduce increasing refugee situations across the world? What effective roles can media play to resolve the refugee ‘crisis’ in different parts of the world?   

The book intends to house scholars across disciplines and continents to cover up the global refugee scenario with local specificity and the roles of media in a local and global context. It aims to focus on the leading refugee situations in the last two decades including Syrian refugees, Venezuela refugees, Afghan refugees, Rohingya refugees, South Sudanese refugees, and Somali refugees, etc. It tends to take part in the methodological and theoretical discussions and challenges regarding the reciprocal engagement between media and refugees from both local and global perspectives.  

Notes on editors

Nasir Uddin (PhD) is a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chittagong. Uddin carried out research at the University of Oxford (UK), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University (UK), the London School of Economics (LSE) at London University (UK), Heidelberg University (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), Delhi School of Economics at Delhi University (India), the University of Hull (UK), Kyoto University (Japan), and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). He has achieved a good number of prestigious awards and fellowships including the MEXT Scholarship, the British Academy Visiting Scholarship, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, a Visiting Scholarship at LSE, a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University and Asian Studies Fellowship at East-West Center, Washington, DC, USA. He has published scholarly pieces extensively with globally leading publishing houses including the Cambridge University Press, the Oxford University Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, Routledge, SAGE, Springer, Palgrave McMillan, Berghahn, Bloomsbury, Orient BlackSwan and so on. His edited books include “Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and the State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” (Orient BlackSwan, 2017), “Indigeneity on the Move: Varying Manifestation of a Contested Concept” (Berghahn, 2017 [co-edited with Eva Gerharz and Pradeep Chakkarath]), “Deterritorialised Identity and Transborder Movement in South Asia” (Springer, 2019 [co-edited with Nasreen Chowdhory]), Rohingya Crisis: Human Rights Issues, Policy Concerns, and Burden Sharing (SAGE, 2021) and “Palgrave Handbook of Social Fieldwork” (Palgrave MacMillan, [forthcoming] 2022 [co-edited with Alak Paul). His latest book is “The Rohingya: An Ethnography of ‘Subhuman’ Life” (The Oxford University Press, 2020).

Delwar Hossain (PhD) is a digital journalism associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Alabama, USA. He teaches Digital Writing & Production, Multimedia Storytelling, Social Media, and Ethics and Social Responsibility. Delwar also taught mass communication courses at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, for one year. Delwar was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He also served as chairman of the department until coming to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. Before joining to teaching in 2002, Delwar worked for Reuters, Bangladesh National News Agency (BSS) and an international NGO, the Hunger Project. Delwar earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) focusing on the patterns of usage of social media among the South Asian diaspora group in the U.S. He also received his M.A. in media theory & research from SIUC. Delwar completed the Training for Trainers course at the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) in Germany. He received his B.A. and M.A. in mass communication and journalism from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. His teaching and research areas revolve around social media, new media, political communication, international communication, journalism studies, race and media, and mass media ethics. 


Important Deadlines

Abstract submission: December 15, 2021

Final manuscript: February 28, 2022

Tentative Publication: August, 2022

Potential publishers:

Duke University Press, Chicago University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press etc.


Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, SAGE, Springer   


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