Racconti dal mare. La difficile rappresentazione del Sé nelle testimonianze mediali dei migranti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Stories from the sea. The difficult representation of the self in the media testimonies of migrants

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Beginning in the 1980s, the concept of 'life writing' was introduced to embrace the variety of stories and representations of the self, influenced by the post-colonial vocation to recognize any subject, including the marginalized and in conflict with dominant historical representations, a historical-social weight. Within this theoretical framework, even the most famous audiovisual works of an autobiographical matrix have been interpreted as an expression of an entrenched and culturally connoted subjectivity, as they seemed to overturn the precepts of colonial ethnography passing through the assimilation of the self to the Other. At the same time, issues such as exile and immigration, central to these filmic / audiovisual experiences, have been traced from the historical question of visual anthropology on the real accessibility for the Other to the instances of media self-representation. These reflections today rediscover a new meaning if compared with online cultural projects that, based on digital storytelling, try to collect media traces related to contemporary migratory phenomena in the Mediterranean. In the light of some Italian cases, the essay intends to focus on the role that digital media play in shaping the relationship between life writing and migrant identity, as well as in marking the passage between traditional and new procedures of the oral narrative of the self, in order to understand if these platforms allow migrants to express their agency in the construction of an image of the self, outside of a hegemonic logic.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Stories from the sea. The difficult representation of the self in the media testimonies of migrants
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
JournalBN
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • archivio digitale
  • memoria culturale
  • soggettività migrante
  • trauma

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