Arts Building W-215, McGill University, 853 rue Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5
Katharina Niemeyer - visiting us in 2017 - is an Associate Professor of the French Press Institute and member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM)/ University Paris 2, Sorbonne Universities. She holds a Master's in European Media Culture (Bauhaus University Weimar and University of Lyon 2). Until July 2012, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva, where she also obtained her PhD in media and communication studies in 2009. With the choreographer and dancer Emilie Camacho (Rabbitresearch), she has been working occasionally since 2005 on the relation of dance and research by contributing to projects such as 'Plan B - Vertigo' (one-day conference 'Le destin de Jean Baudrillard', 2013).
Media@McGill presents Communicating Climate Change in Canada, a public conversation on media, science and global warming, on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm, in Adams Auditorium, McGill University (3450 University Street, Montreal, QC).
The contemporary period calls our attention to the experience of migration — the movement of people, as well as the movement of animals and plants from one place to another. “Migrant Media” aims at understanding the relationship between media and migration. The 2017-2018 postdoctoral fellow will examine the materiality, forms and functions of media and mediation as they represent, perform and accompany beings in migration, and the manner in which migrants bear on practices and technologies of mediation. Media — elemental (earth, water, air and fire) or transportation media, mass media (print, the newspaper, radio, television, film), pictorial, textile, photographic, video or performance media, epistolary media, military media or digital media — invoke the promise of movement from one site to another: they entail the circulation, translation, transposition and disarticulation of “messages,” requiring technological devices and agents to enable the flow and transmission of these messages. At the same time, media are implicated in the construction, maintenance and circumvention of barriers to movement and migration. In what ways is the experience of migration simultaneously and necessarily an experience of mediation? And how do migrant media work as living environments?