Citizenship is a mediated experience: Electing representatives, joining campaigns, supporting protests, understanding causes, rights and injustices informed by images, sounds and words delivered by screens both big and small. Democracy runs on screens.
The European Cultural Foundation wants to offer a platform for a diversity of voices and opinions, because a democratic Europe with an inclusive public sphere needs inclusive and democratic media.
Displaced in Media
Refugees have entered European countries, but they haven’t entered the public sphere. When they do, it is as characters in other people’s stories - desperate faces, surging hoards and floating bodies - something ‘other’. We rarely hear from young refugees as experts or legitimate voices.
If refugees and migrants are to become citizens of Europe, we believe they need to be participants in - rather than subjects of - public debate.
The strategic partnership Displaced In Media contributes to an innovative and collaborative infrastructure in Europe that supports refugee participation through media. This infrastructure consists of
- a sustainable community of practice that entails the participating organisations and their networks and a peer group of young migrant citizen journalists
- a shared methodology of media literacy education for young migrants
- a collection and dissemination strategy of migrants’ media works from across Europe
- improved policy awareness on local, national and European level for the democratic participation of young migrants in their communities.
Media Collection - MediActivism.eu
These are just four videos from the extensive Doc Next Collection. Check out more on MediActivism.eu
MediActivism.eu offers a safe space for activists to share their causes and to discuss how to mutually support each other in achieving their aims. The platform acts as an intermediary between the activist field and mainstream media, and aims to include the activist voices into the public sphere. An expanded media education programme offered by the Doc Next partners equips citizens to become equal contributors to the public sphere.
MediActivism.eu sustains an ever-growing collection of 500+ alternative media created by active citizens, artists and civil society groups from across Europe. This archive includes short films, remixes, mixed media, music videos, social commentaries, animations and artworks that document Europe’s most pressing social issues.
Doc Next Network
In 2010, Doc Next Network was initiated by the European Cultural Foundation. It brought together Mode Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey), ZEMOS98 (Seville, Spain), BFI Future Film (London) and Association of Creative Initiatives "ę" (Warsaw, Poland) who engage with media makers, activists, researchers, programmers, educators and innovators.
Doc Next strives for social justice and inclusive public opinion in Europe, through a common methodology that supports the ideas of access, free culture and expanded education. In line with ECF’s strategic focus on culture, communities and democracy, the achievements in the past years include
- an engaged community of media activists
- a media collection by activists
- a shared methodology for expanded education
Doc Next has evolved into an organic association of organisations and individuals engaged in activist media for a more inclusive Europe. They initiate projects and actions in changing coalitions and shape together the start of what could be called ‘a commons’ for socially engaged media makers across Europe.