The Styrian Megaphon: bridging representations and uneasy "conviviality" in a regional counter-public

Karner, Christian (2021) The Styrian Megaphon: bridging representations and uneasy "conviviality" in a regional counter-public. Journal of Austrian Studies . ISSN 2165-669X

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Abstract

This article offers a carefully contextualized, qualitative-thematic analysis of migrants’ biographies published in the Styrian monthly street-magazine Megaphon. The wider contexts to this are two-fold: first, the protracted, pan-European discussions about the past, present and future of multicultural localities and institutions. Second, this analysis unfolds against the backdrop of the much-debated “refugee crisis” of 2015/16 and its impact on Austria. Seen in this light, Megaphon’s migrants’ portraits enrich our understanding of lived, “convivial multi-culture” (Gilroy 2004) in three ways. They encapsulate a distinctive genre of cultural representation, in which biographical accounts are co-produced by a migrant – very often, though not always an asylum-seeker – and a local writer or the magazine’s editor. Beyond this, such bridging representations both reflect on and counter nationalist exclusions. Finally, Megaphon’s portraits constitute a particular kind of “subaltern counter-public” (Fraser 1992) shared by local actors of vastly different life experiences, cultural backgrounds and structural positions.

Keywords:asylum seekers, Austria, counter-public, conviviality
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:42286
Deposited On:08 Sep 2020 15:18

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