Call for Papers

From the perspective of comparative educational research the interdisciplinary research field of migration, education and media is diverse and heterogeneous. The conference has an international, interdisciplinary and intersectional perspective and wants to bring together theoretical approaches explaining migration, theories of integration, acculturation and assimilation, theories on transnational migration in various contexts, as well as didactic fields of migration and diversity education and intercultural learning. Furthermore, the role of media concerning migration processes and the interdependence of media and migration will be questioned. On the one hand, we intend to consider the question of the significance of different media for migrants; on the other hand, the representation of migration, migrants and diversity in the media will be investigated. In this way, empirical and theoretical approaches to migration and the media will be linked with the field of media education and media didactics as well as diversity education.
Moreover, the hands-on pedagogical relevance of these concepts shall be analyzed using examples of national and international teaching methodology for intercultural learning, migration and diversity education, as well as media education. They will also be reviewed for their respective effectiveness at an international, national and regional level, such as in the province of Salzburg.
Salzburg as conference venue is a symbol of historical and current migratory movements. At the time of the expulsions of Protestants many families descending from Salzburg had to leave their homes and in 1947, when the Jewish Exodus took place, Salzburg was a major hub for international migration, just like today, as many Syrian refugees flee to Germany and other EU countries via Salzburg. In addition, the relative proportion of people with a migrant background in Salzburg is significantly higher than in Vienna, the Austrian capital. This inevitably leads us to the question of which impact historical and current migratory movements have on the issue of education in a mediatized or medialized society. This issue is central to the announced meeting.

Therefore, this symposium wants to
a) make individual educational processes that are shaped through the experience of migration comprehensible in a broad context:
This includes aspects of personal development and identity formation regarding migration, migration and socialization and in particular socio-psychological aspects of forced migration.
b) compare the function of school in a migration society by international standards:
How does the school as an institution shape migration with respect to curricula, staff, school organization, etc.?
c) analyze how migration is presented in the media:
How are (and were) migrants and migration presented, commented on and orchestrated in the media (e.g. prejudices, metaphors, stigmatization, etc.)?
d) discuss the importance of media for migrants:
What is the role of the media in the context of processes of migration, assimilation and distinction (e.g. media use to stay in touch with the country of origin, to maintain the culture of origin, to learn a second language, concerning integration, etc.)?
What contribution do the media make to the emancipation and equality of migrants (e.g. comparison of media systems)?
e) trigger a transfer of knowledge regarding migration education as well as media education and present and discuss models of integrative didactics:
Are there already existing examples of an integrative migration and media education and what experiences have been made in that context? Which future scenarios would be useful in the context of an integrative migration and media education? Which approaches to migration and media education could be fruitful for the respective other discipline?
f) present the province of Salzburg and the city of Salzburg as examples of a historical migrant society:
Salzburg`s 200 years long affiliation to Austria is the cause for a differentiated and by all means critical self-reflection concerning the questions „Where do we come from?“ , „Who are we?“ and „Where are we going to?” In the context of “Salzburg 20.16“ we are therefore looking for contributions that address migration to and from Salzburg starting for example with the expulsion of Protestants from Salzburg and ending with current issues as poverty-driven migration to the city of Salzburg and the current role of Salzburg as a “hub” of global refugees movements.

How to participate:

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2015.
Please send your abstracts to robert.obermair@phsalzburg.at.
The abstracts will then be assessed in a peer review process. Some of the contributions will also be published in an edited book.
a) Submission of lectures of 20 minutes each:
• Abstract of max. 500 words
• Thematic allocation of the abstract to one of the above listed topics
• Possible languages: German, French, English
b) Submission of posters (A0):
• Abstract including the title and a short description of the planned poster (max. 500 words)
• The posters will be presented during a poster session
• Possible languages: German, French, English

Kind regards,
Patrick Duval, Manfred Oberlechner, Robert Obermair, Christine Trültzsch-Wijnen
Kompetenzzentrum für Diversitätspädagogik (Manfred Oberlechner, Robert Obermair) and Kompetenzzentrum für Medienpädagogik und E-Learning (Christine Trültzsch-Wijnen) of the University of Education Salzburg Stefan Zweig in Cooperation with the Université de Lorraine (Patrick Duval)