Gaia Giuliani, the Principal Investigator of the FCT funded project “(De)Othering. Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and ‘internal Others’ in Portuguese and European mediascapes”, provided a background about the project focusing on mediascapes, the construction of otherness (migrants, refugees and “internal others”) in the context of borders and its societal impacts.
Within these dynamic relations, the idea of the “other”, changes, depending on the position from which it is observed. Gaia argued that mediascapes or media scripts represent the “other” as either “bodies at risk” or “bodies of risk”. She applies intersectionality as a concept to unpack the power relations constituted in gender, race, age, sexuality and religion.
In sum, she explored the visual and written media representations of Lampedusa as a ‘proscenium’, where a number of power relations, imaginaries, and stories (individual and collective) are continuously rehearsed and modified.