Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Universtity of Jyväskylä

National Network

Keskussairaalantie 2

Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Heritage
  3. Human rights
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Media
  6. Research
General Information
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.
Mission and Objectives

My intention is to bring together people who are inspired about experimenting multimodal methodologies and incorporating art, media technologies, and activism in their ways of producing and sharing knowledge. We would be interested in discussing digital, mobile, and ethnographic methodologies; critically reflexive positioning of various people involved in knowledge production (including academics); and new forms of publishing and disseminating knowledge. In collaboration with stakeholders we would seek platforms outside of the academia for presenting theoretical ideas and research results, such as online spaces, film festivals, art galleries, museums, and activist spaces.

Main Projects / Activities

*Remembering migration: Memory politics of forced migration in mediated societies (Academy of Finland Fellow, akademiforskare, 2014–2019, individual grant.)
This project opens a novel research area within research on present day forced migration. In the project, I examine: 1) how death and survival at Europe’s borders is memorialized and remembered and what kinds of cultural identities and social relations are produced, also transnationally, and 2) how these memories become part of the cultural memory of countries where the refugees settle. In other words, how is Finnish, Swedish or Italian “national” memory challenged by the memories of migrants and refugees?
*Borderscapes, memory and migration: cultural representations of forced migration Explorative workshops, Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils,  January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017. (PI Karina Horsti, 12 Nordic scholars.)
This project continues my decade long involvement to strengthen Nordic research collaborations. It builds on a series of three workshops, which address how forced migration is represented in cultural productions and media in the Nordic region by bringing two theoretical approaches - critical migration studies and memory studies - into conjuncture with research on mediation. These workshops bring together 12 senior and junior scholars from different disciplines working in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish academia.
*Mobilizing the Disenfranchised in Finland, France, and the United States: Post-Truth Public Stories in the Transnational Hybrid Media Space (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, August 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018, (PI Horsti, two post docs and one researcher.)
This project compares the key 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 by focusing 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” from the society.
*Remembering the Tragedy of Lampedusa: radical participation in documentary filmmaking, Kone foundation,  January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. (PI Horsti, film maker, researcher, refugee activist.)
The European “refugee crisis” and its human implications, particularly mass death at the European frontier shape European societies and futures. In this participatory filmmaking project we examine the constitution of national and diasporic memory by focusing on the different memories of the so-called Tragedy of Lampedusa of October 3, 2013. In collaboration with survivors and the family members of victims 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 filmmaking.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Expertise in the fields of -
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 and creative productions with refugees

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

My current projects deal with the border crossing and migration in the Mediterranean region. I would like to strenghten my civil society networks in this region. I would like to offer my expertise for the network.

Contact (1) Full Name
Karina Horsti
Head of the organisation
Mika Ojakangas