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Cristine Sarrimo, Sweden

The mediatization of Swedish migration literature

– from blog to book and a temporary residence permit

Topic: Scandinavian Literature in the World

Abstract: In this proposed presentation migration literature is defined as works and texts that reflect on migration in an age of mobility. Sarrimo has mapped this literature and its reception 2001–2018 which shows that the attacks in Stockholm in 2010 and 2017 and migration policies have had an impact on literature, its reception and authors’ public performances.

An autobiographical turn is made as a response to a political and ideological situation targeting migrants and citizens from the Middle East. In this presentation the autobiographical and testimonial mode of writing will be addressed with a special focus on two Scandinavian undocumented migrants’ testimonials published in blogs and later transformed into books.

The mediatization of two life stories will be discussed as well as the effects it has on the Swedish and Norwegian Migration boards. How the testimonials in question depict and interact with current policies will also be commented upon.

Academic credentials: Associate Professor in Literary Studies, Lund University

Earlier Event: May 16
Krzysztof Bak, Sweden/Poland
Later Event: May 16
Vusala Afandiyeva, Azerbaijan