Horsti Karina, Akatemiatutkija / Academy of Finland Fellow

Horsti Karina, Akatemiatutkija / Academy of Finland Fellow
Studysubject:
Kulttuuripolitiikka / Cultural Policy
Room:
Opinkivi 320.1.

Biography

Dr. Karina Horsti is Senior Lecturer and Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. Karina's background is in sociologically and anthropologically oriented media studies. Over the past 16 years she has developed a multidisciplinary profile in transnational migration research by successfully completing research on cultural diversity policies, nationalist populism, and mediated representations of refugees and asylum seekers. Her current research examines public remembering of forced migration and the commemoration of deaths at Europe's borders. She also directs two other projects and a series of explorative workshops.  She collaborates with artists, museums, activists, and refugees, and is inspired by  multimodal and creative methodologies. Karina works across disciplines and her work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals: New Media & Society, Memory Studies, Citizenship Studies, Patterns of Prejudice, European Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Political Geography, and other journals. Karina Horsti has delivered invited plenary talks at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Tulane University, University of Tübingen, and University of Naples Federico II. She has served as expert evaluator for several institutions and publishers such as European Commission, COST (European cooperation in science and technology), Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Oxford University Press, and Routledge. She has been a Visiting Fellow at New York University (2009, 2011 - 2012) and London School of Economics and Political Science (2016). In 2017 she will visit Melbourne University.


Areas of Interest:

  • Mediatization of migration
  • Humanitarian communication
  • Social memory in mediated societies
  • Critical border studies
  • Nation, ethnicity/race and difference in media culture
  • New media practices
  • European multicultural media policies
  • Discourse and frame analysis in media studies
  • Multimodal and creative methodologies
  • Ethics of doing research with refugees

Current research projects:

  • Remembering Migration: Memory politics of forced migration in mediated societies, 2014 - 2019 (Academy of Finland, project leader: Karina Horsti)  
    • Mediterranean sea is a border zone where thousands of people have drowned in the past 20 years. My present project examines how contemporary forced migration and border related deaths are publicly remembered in Europe—and what kinds of implications memory performances have for social equality and cultural identities.
  • Borderscapes, memory and migration: cultural representations of forced migration, 2016 - 2017 (The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS).
    • This project address how forced migration is represented in cultural productions and media in the Nordic region by bringing two theoretical approaches - critical border studies and memory studies - into conjuncture with research on mediation. Three workshops bring together 12 senior and junior scholars from Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish academia.
  •  Remembering the Tragedy of Lampedusa: radical participation in documentary film making, 2017 - 2018 (Kone foundation, project leader: Karina Horsti, team: MA, film maker Anna Blom, Phd student Ilaria Tucci, refugee activist Adal Neguse)
    • This participatory documentary film project examines the constitution of national and diasporic memory by focusing on the memories of one shipwreck, the so-called Tragedy of Lampedusa of 3rd October 2013. We produce five short documentary films designed to be shared in social media and in mobile devices. In addition, the project develops and analyzes participatory methods in film making. Artistic and scholarly work entangle in this project, which develops a radical participatory method in both research and cultural production.
  • Mobilizing the Disenfranchised in Finland, France, and the United States: Post-Truth Public Stories in the Transnational Hybrid Media Space, 2017 - 2018 (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, project leader Karina Horsti, team: Dr Niko Pyrhönen, Dr Gwenaëlle Bauvois, PhD student Tuukka Ylä-Anttila)

    This project compares the agents of the so-called ”post-truth era”: media that are founded on dissemination of mis-information and lies. We examine this phenomenon in Finland, France, and the US and focus on the inter-connections of mainstream media and the mis-information media, such as MV-lehti, Fdesouche and Breitbart News. Feeding into fear of cultural globalization these kinds of media aim to grow population that feels ”disenfranchised”. The multidisciplinary project involves sociology, political science and media and communication research theories and methodologies. We also use big data tools in order to map ”post-truth” narratives and the production of ”disenfranchised” communities in hybrid media spaces.

Invited talks and keynotes, recent:

Curating the 'Refugee Crisis', keynote at the Nordic Cultural Policy Conference: Migration, Culture and Nation, Helsinki August 24, 2017.

Debris of the Border: Seeing, and Seeing with, Objects Discarded by Migrants, public lecture at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 17, 2017.

Participatory and Creative Methods in Migration Research, public workshop at CAMRA lab, University of Pennsylvania, April 18, 2017.

Immigration Debate in the Transforming Media Scape in Finland, invited talk, Immigration to the Nordic-Baltic Region -conference, Tallinn, March 31, 2017.

Transcultural Remembering of European Border Zone, keynote at the Participation in Media Cultures: Studying Participation in the Context of Immigration Societies, University of Tuebingen Spring School, April 5-8, 2016.

Past research projects:

  • Structures of Compassion: Media, Migration, and the Politics of Emotion. The project is directed by Prof. Ullamaija Kivikuru, University of Helsinki and funded by Academy of Finland 2010-2013. Horsti's contribution to the project continues to scrutinize mediatisation of undocumented migration and refugees in Europe. Since the late 1990s she has studied news media’s role and ethical implications of news coverage in the context of European migration control.
  • Humanitarian narratives: Critical perspectives on humanitarian action, human rights, and development. This project is part of the Humanitarian Action Initiative, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University and Horsti was a member during her stay at NYU in 2011-2012. The project rethinks and reformulates the systems in the humanitarian field by analyzing emerging and historical humanitarian narratives. This multiyear project builds a network of international scholars and practitioners in the field of humanitarian action.
  • Framing immigration and integration in changing journalism. This project analyzed the ways in which opinions in and around journalism have increased in Finland, and how this change has contributed to the rising populist politics. This project scrutinized changes in immigration related opinionated journalism, like blogs, editorials, and columns. Funded by Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellow grant, University of Helsinki, 2010-2012. The project connects to an international network "Citizenship and journalistic practices" which brings together academics and practitioners from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The network is ongoing and hosted by the City University of London.
  • Project leader. MigraNord: Nordic researcher network for media, migration and society. Funded by Nordforsk and hosted by CEREN, University of Helsinki, 2007-2010. The network brought together some 90 Nordic academics and doctoral students in seminars, conference panels, working groups, and joint publications. The network continues in a new form as TheoryNord: Re-developing international theories of media and migration in a Nordic context, hosted by the Roskilde University in Denmark.
  • Multicultural media policy in public service broadcasting. This project analysed a shift from multicultural discourse to cultural diversity discourse in media policies at national and European levels. The results were presented in an invited symposium at the University of Stanford, News and Inclusion: Journalism and the politics of diversity. The project was funded by the University of Helsinki Post Doctoral Researcher programme 2007-2009.

Recent publication

Research blogs and short essays:

Refugees Deeply: On Arctic Border, Refugees Embraced by 'Northern Hospitality'

Border Criminologies, Oxford University: The Memory Politics of Migration at Borderscapes

OpenDemocracy: Unjust to everyone? Responses to deportation of asylum seekers in Finland.

Border Criminologies, Oxford University: Remains of Rescue and Confinement: Humanitarian Bordering in Lampedusa

Re-configuring Ruins, University of London: Psychogeographies of Lampedusa - Race and Gender in Exploration

Finnland-Institut Berlin: Eine Neu-Neuköllnerin wirft einen Blick in die Geschichte ihres Kiezes

Berliinin Suomen kulttuuri-instituutti: Tuore neuköllniläinen katsoo naapurustonsa menneisyyteen

 Scientific publications (See publications at: https://jyu.academia.edu/KarinaHorsti)

2017 “Visibility in mediated borderscapes: The hunger strike of asylum seekers as an embodiment of border violence”, Political Geography, co-authored with Saara Pellander, online first.

2017 ”Communicative memory of irregular migration: the re-circulation of news images on You Tube.” Memory Studies, 10(2): 112 – 129.

2016 “Art, mémoire et monuments : les tragédies des migrants aux frontières de l’Europe”, Communication & langages, Volume 2016, Issue 190, pp. 53-72.

2016 ”Digital islamophobia: The Swedish woman as a figure of pure and dangerous whiteness”, New Media & Society, published online first.

2016 ”Imagining Europe’s borders: Commemorative art on migrant tragedies.” In Lynda Mannik (ed.) Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion, and Survival, Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 83 – 100.

2016 ”Visibility without voice: Media witnessing irregular migrants in BBC online news journalism”, African Journalism Studies, 37(1): 1- 20.

2015 ”Conditions of cultural citizenship: Intersections of gender, race and age in public debates on family migration.” Citizenship Studies (19)6-7: 751 - 767, co-authored with Saara Pellander.

2015 ”Techno-cultural opportunities: Anti-immigration movement in the Finnish media environment.” Patterns of Prejudice, (49)4: 343 – 366.

2014 ”The cultural diversity turn: policies, politics and influences at the European level”, in K. Horsti, G. Hultén & G. Titley (eds.) National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe. Pp. 43 – 60. Bristol: Intellect.

2014 ”The politics of a multicultural mission: Finland’s YLE in a changing society”, in K. Horsti, G. Hultén & G. Titley (eds.) National conversations: Public Service Media and cultural diversity in Europe. Pp. 167 – 183. Bristol: Intellect.

2013 “The ethics of hospitality in changing journalism: The response to the rise of the anti-immigrant movement in Finnish media publicity”, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(4): 489–504, co-authored with Kaarina Nikunen.

2013 “De-ethnicized victims: Mediatized advocacy for asylum seekers”, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 14(1): 78 – 95.

2013 “Maahanmuuttajat mediamaisemassa” [Immigrants in the media scape] in T. Martikainen, P. Saukkonen & M. Säävälä (eds.) Muuttoliikkeet, etnisyys ja monikulttuurisuus. [Migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism], pp. 301 – 317. Helsinki: Gaudeamus. (In Finnish.)

2012 “Humanitarian discourse legitimating migration control: FRONTEX public communication”, in M. Messier, R. Wodak & R. Schroeder (eds.) Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 297 – 308. Vienna: Springer Science & Business Media.

Teaching (list of courses)

Media and globalization, International Master’s degree program in Cultural Policy, University of Jyväskylä, fall 2015, fall 2014, fall 2013, 5 ECTS, in English.

ERASMUS lectures, Sociology of Culture and Communication, Department of Sociology, University of Bologna, fall 2014.

Master’s thesis seminars, International Master’s degree program in Cultural Policy, University of Jyväskylä, fall and spring 2013, 5 ECTS, in Finnish and English.

Kansainvälinen kulttuuripolitiikka II, (International Cultural Policy II), International Master’s degree program in Cultural Policy, University of Jyväskylä, spring 2013, 5 ECTS, in Finnish.

Media and identity, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, spring 2012, 5 credits.