A Marxist Analysis of Key Media Representations of the Migrant Crisis in Serbian Media


  • Marko Đorđević




refugee crisis, migration, class conflict, ideology, media, Serbia, The Balkans


This work aims to question the main contradictions of the migrant crisis by media coverage. The sheer amount of images and discourses produced to service the everyday political jargons is met by a Marxist critique of the political economy behind the mass displacement. Close attention is given to the economic and geopolitical conjunctures that preceded the events of 2015 and the earlier history of labor power allocation. This lays the groundwork for a more specific context, i.e. the role of the Balkans in this crisis and the ideology of its media. The problems dealt with are: the coining of the term “The Balkan Route”, the economic and political conjuncture that determines the contemporary Serbian media sphere and the several key representations of the migrant crisis, primarily in social and news media. The conclusion summarizes the main points of the article. Critical assessments are made on potential field research possibilities that could further strengthen the arguments developed in the course of the text.


Article received: December 7, 2018; Article accepted: January 23, 2019; Published online: April 15, 2019; Original scholarly paper

How to cite this article: Đorđević, Marko. "A Marxist Analysis of Key Media Representations of the Migrant Crisis in Serbian Media." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 18 (2019): 141−149. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i18.291


Author Biography

Marko Đorđević

Marko Đorđević
Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Marko Đorđević, PhD candidate, was born in 1988. Received his bachelor’s degree in art history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. He curated and co-curated a couple of exhibitions and published several papers that deal with theory of art, politics and film. He received his MA degree at the Theory of Arts and Media Chair of the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 2015, he published a book titled “Institutional Critique and the Problem of Subjectivization in Contemporary Art”. He is currently a PhD candidate in the DTUM program at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i18.291 DOI: https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i18.291




How to Cite

Đorđević, M. (2019). A Marxist Analysis of Key Media Representations of the Migrant Crisis in Serbian Media. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (18), 141–149. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i18.291



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