Displaced in Media is a project devoted to encouraging young migrants and refugees to participate in European media spheres and include their voices, desires and hopes in the mainstream media. Displaced in Media is a collaborative infrastructure that supports the training of a new generation of young citizen journalists drawn from refugee and migrant diasporas in Europe. Responding to the belief that refugees and migrants need to be participants in—rather than subjects of—public debate, this project has created an architecture to let refugees and migrants shape their own image in the media. The project encourages active citizenship, combats segregation and discrimination and promotes the integration of migrants and refugees.
Displaced in Media’s infrastructure consists of 1.) a community of practice involving nine participating organisations and their networks as well as a peer group of young migrant citizen journalists. Members learn from each other through the process of sharing information and experiences within the group. ECF Labs is the website where we share this content; 2.) a shared methodological framework implemented in different local contexts and compiled in this Recipe Book; 3.) a collection of media works by migrants from across Europe, compiled at mediactivism.eu; 4.) improved policy awareness on the local, national and European levels for the democratic participation of young migrants. The goal is to contribute to and enable wider debates on how migrants and refugees can become part of the public sphere by bringing together policymakers. The results are collected in this publication.
Producing content that introduces new ways of seeing and interpreting the world is one of the objectives that ZEMOS98 considers central to its way of reflecting on the health of the stories that define us as a society. In this sense, Displaced in Media is a collective effort to articulate a space in which migrants, refugees and racialized people can produce media content that encourages new ways of looking at the society in which we live.
Displaced in Media is an infrastructure financed by Erasmus+ and coordinated by the European Cultural Foundation with partners in the Netherlands (We Are Here), Turkey (Mode Istanbul), Poland (Creative Initiatives “ę”), France (Les têtes de l’art), the UK (British Film Institute), Croatia (Kurziv) and Spain (ZEMOS98).
ZEMOS98 has collaborated with Sos Racismo Madrid on the development of activities within the Spanish context.