DeOthering: Deconstructing Risk and Otherness. A round-table discussion with Dubravka Zarkov, Joana Gorjão Henriques and Lene Hansen

30 de outubro de 2018, 15h00

Sala de Seminários (Piso 2), CES | Sofia


The project DeOthering: Deconstructing Risk and Otherness sets out to critically examine media representations on migrants, refugees and 'internal Others' in Portugal and across Europe while mapping out their interconnections with particular narratives in the field of security and within the War on Terror. The project examines issues such as: How do media represent migrants, refugees and 'internal Others' within a political context of War on Terror and securitization? Do they (re)produce narratives of moral panic and securitization through specific constructions of Otherness? If so, what is the role of constructions of gender, race, age and religion? Do they instead convey representations that may promote an ontology of peace and solidarity?

As part of its first-year activities, the project DeOthering invited its consultants Dubravka Zarkov, Joana Gorjão Henriques and Lene Hansen to discuss how discourses shape particular perceptions and practices of violence, security and migration, as well as the possibilities of contributing to political change through the media. 

Notas biográficas

Dubravka Žarkov is Associate Professor in Gender, Conflict and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She teaches on feminist epistemology, conflict theories, and media and war. Her main fields of interest are gender, sexuality and ethnicity/national identity in the context of war and violence, with focus on sexual violence and its media representations. Her publications include: Conflict, Peace, Security and Development: Theories and Methodologies.London and New York: Routledge (2015; with H.M. Hintjens); Narratives of Justice in and out of the Courtroom. Former Yugoslavia and Beyond. New York USA: Springer (2014; with M. Glasius); Gender, Conflict, Development: Challenges of Practice.New Delhi: Zubaan (2008); The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia. Durham and London: Duke University Press (2007).

Joana Gorjão Henrique is a Portuguese journalist who works for the newspaper Público. She has reported extensively on human rights, racism, legacies from colonialism and politics of memory. She authored the series Racismo em Português and Racismo à Portuguesa. She was awarded several prizes, such as Prémio AMI - Jornalismo contra a Indiferença and Prémio Gazeta de Imprensa 2017.

Lene Hansen is the Project Director of Images and International Security and a Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Lene’s interest in images and international security grows out of her earlier work on discourses and the politics of representation, see Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War (Routledge, 2006). The 2005-6 Muhammad Cartoon Crisis led her to focus on the role images play in world politics, see 'Theorizing the Image for Security Studies: Visual Securitization and the Muhammad Cartoon Crisis' (European Journal of International Relations, 2011). Lene’s contribution to Images and International Security intersects more broadly with her work on gender, cyber security, securitization theory, and the history and sociology of International Security Studies, see also The Evolution of International Security Studies, co-authored with Barry Buzan (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Lene is a 2011 recipient of The Elite Research Prize of The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.