Refugees in rubber boatMedia portrayal of the arrival of migrants in Greece and Italy in 2015 threw European politics into crisis.

Lecture to look at media portrayal of refugees

The arrival of migrants and refugees fleeing from war and conflict zones into Europe in 2015 threw public debate into turmoil, says Dimitris Serafis.

A post-doctoral research fellow affiliated with the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology at the University of Malta, he will discuss the key role played by media in his free public presentation, entitled “Multimodal argumentation in the press: Unveiling discriminatory reasoning in the context of the ‘refugee crisis’,” at 3 p.m. today — Friday, Oct. 23.

“We will examine how social agency is represented in headlines and press photos of news articles as well as the argumentative inferences that these trigger,” says Dr. Serafis.

Sponsored by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies, the event will be conducted over the Zoom videoconferencing platform on the link here.