"Migration and Mobility": Constructing Swiss Identity and Country Image in Times of Migration: Europe Between Integration and Exclusion

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This event reflects on the discursive construction of Swiss identity and country image in the recurrent debates about migration in Switzerland and in Europe in general.
The framework for discussion is set at the intersection of a macro, meso, and micro context that have gradually contributed to the multiplication of discourses about “us” and “them” across Europe. The macro context refers to the current globalized culture and the adoption of promotional practices by countries worldwide, including Switzerland. The meso context is related to the increased movement of people—migrants and refugees—within Europe (concomitant with the rise of nationalist right wing parties and their anti-immigration discourse). The passing of the “stop mass immigration” initiative in Switzerland, in February 2014, represents the micro context of this call for introspection.
Bringing together European top scholars in discourse studies, sociology of communication, and communication sciences, this conference integrates complementary perspectives on the construction of national identity and country images within these different contexts.
The guest speakers will first explore existent discourses on migrants and migration across Western and Eastern Europe. Then, they will focus on the Swiss case, illustrating how different social actors (media, experts, institutions) discursively construct the idea of a Swiss national identity and the image of Switzerland.
20.03.2017 13:15 - 17:15
Site PER 21 / Salle E040
Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg
SACM (Swiss Asscociation of Communication and Media Research) & Prof. Dr. Diana Ingenhoff
Prof. Dr. Diana Ingenhoff
Bd. de Pérolles 90
1700 Fribourg
026 3008383
13:30 – Welcome and Introduction (Prof. Dr. Diana Ingenhoff, University of Fribourg)
13:45 – Overview: Country identity and country image in times of migration: Historical discourses and measurement insights (Prof. Dr. Diana Ingenhoff, University of Fribourg)
14:00 – Swiss citizens’ attitudes toward refugees and their information use (Prof. Dr. Julia Metag, University of Fribourg)
14:15 Identity, politics, and discourse (Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak, University of Lancaster)
14:45 – Roundtable discussion I (all speakers)
15:45 – La construction de la migration intra-européenne comme problème public. Le cas des pays d’origine (Prof. Dr. Camelia Beciu, University of Bucharest)
16:10 – Linking country images, migration and critical discourse analysis (Dr. Alina Dolea, Fullbright Fellow at University of Southern California/CPD)
16:25 – What can we learn from Norway and Sweden? Refugee issues and country images (Ass. Prof. Dr. Alexander Buhmann, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo)
16:40 – Roundtable discussion II (all speakers)
17:00 – Summary & conclusions