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Dr. Karina Horsti is an Academy of Finland Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä. She has been a visiting scholar at New York University, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Melbourne University. 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 completing research on cultural diversity media 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 collaborates with artists, museums, activists, and refugees, and is inspired by multimodal and creative methodologies. Karina directs a Nordic network of scholars in a project “Borderscapes, Memory, and Migration” that brings together critical border studies and memory studies. By examining bordering through the lens of temporality they ask how groups and individuals remember, and forget, borders and border crossings. Engagement with memory could also be a means to imagine alternative futures at border zones.

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