Archival Participatory Filmmaking in Migration and Border Studies

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In this chapter, I report on the role of archival participatory filmmaking in migration and border studies to challenge border epistemologies from below. Through the analysis of three workshops held in Ceuta, Madrid and Vitoria-Gasteiz, I provide new perspectives on this methodology as a safe space for undocumented migrants to create self-representational films about their border-related experiences. I adopt a visual ethnographic approach that emphasizes participation, belonging and everydayness in contexts of exclusion. First, I explore the interplay between participatory filmmaking, migration and border studies. Secondly, I unpack the potential of using archival participatory filmmaking to transform unseen private footage into public films. Finally, I address ethical and methodological considerations and offer recommendations for good practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Digital Migration Studies
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Practices of the Everyday
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9789463725774
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2024


  • archival participatory filmmaking
  • self-representation
  • border
  • migration
  • ethics
  • visual methods


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