27, 28 and 29 March 2019


II The Call for Communication

The Centre for Studies and Research in Communication (CERCOM) of Félix Houphouet-Boigny University (Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire) organizes, in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in communication and technology for development (University of Quebec in Montreal Canada), the UNESCO Chair in international communication (Grenoble Alpes University-France), the UNESCO Chair in emerging practices in technology and communication for development (Bordeaux Montaigne University-France), the Center for studies and Research in Organization, Communication and Education (CEROCE, Lomé-Togo), the Center for studies of Science and Technology Information (CESTI, Dakar-Senegal), the Association on the Media by the Diaspora (AMEDDIAS, Luxembourg-France), the College of Science and Technology of Information and Communication (ESSTIC, Yaoundé-Cameroon), the Training and Research in Civilizations Unit, Religions, Arts, and Communications (UFR CRAC, Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis-Senegal), the Group for Studies and Research on International and Intercultural Communication (GERACII, University of Quebec in Montreal-Canada) an international symposium on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday, March 29, 2019 about the theme


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According to the UN, in 2017, 258 million were international migrants, or about 3.3percent of the world population. Yet, the questions on migration and their consequences are multiple. Indeed, migratory movements, subjects of multiple equations to be solved in the current context of the identification of peoples geographical spaces of belonging (regions, country, realms, continents…), have always been considered essence of humanity (conquering peoples, nomads…) and human factors of construction of our societies.

Thus, the migration process is based on questions that vary the theme of shared on intra travel and offshore interests (the migration as a development factor) to the concerns of the control of mobility of the “undesirable” “on the borders of the country of destination (migration-border crisis).” It can therefore be noted that the diversity of the motives for travel migration translates into concerns related to development issues, intercultural integration, variously shared threats, and even dehumanizing practices which are victims, in view of the media broadcasts, those who have chosen the adventure of illegal, for example, through the Sahel, Latin America, etc.

These cases of dehumanization which traditional media and social networks are echoes, gives an overview of the capacity of these ‘building’ an event, to bring it to the knowledge of the general opinion and turn the spotlight on the current issues of international migration or intercontinental, regional or under regional. The dehumanization process thus mentioned, allows to raise the issues posed by the phenomenon of transnational, national and regional human mobility in the era of globalization especially as mass media, digital technologies notably, took their place to relay information on the news of the facts of immigration more than ever accessible to all.

Owing to the importance of the issue, the Center for Studies and Research in Communication (CERCOM) deemed it useful to organize a conference with a view to allowing humanitarian activists, professionals, intellectuals, men of the media and the general public to debate this topic of news: “Borders of Humanity and Contemporary Migration: Communication and Intercultural Dynamics.”

The meeting will be an opportunity for reflection on the appropriation of the means of communication by networks of smugglers, on the influence of media coverage of migratory movements or on the communication of international organizations, regional and sub-regional on the phenomenon as well as on cross-cultural concerns it raises.

(1) United Nations, « International Migration Report », répéré à ; le 25 mai 2018.

(2) M. Bassi et F. Shoshana, « La gouvernance des flux migratoires “indésirables” : Cas d’étude de Calais et Lampedusa », Revue française de références sur les dynamiques migratoires, 2013, repéré à, le 11 janvier 2018.