Throughout Africa, funded by the international agencies, the European Union, and the African states themselves, campaigns against emigration flourish from TV and radio spots to festivals and video clips. The existing scholarship has rightly demonstrated how such migration deterrent campaigns obscure and naturalize geopolitical inequalities. Moving one step further, this panel asks: What can we learn by scrutinizing such activities? How do contemporary states attempt to prevent African migration to the West? What kinds of racial, classed, nationalist discourses are mobilized to justify such preventative campaigns? Who are the local actors and how do they stand towards the messages they deliver, and sometimes participate in building? How are such campaigns perceived locally? This panel calls for empirical explorations of the way messages against immigration have been implemented – visually, discursively and through a variety of media – in order to provide new insights into the complex social and cultural dynamics around mobility in African societies.
Please send an email to Aïssatou Mbodj