Workshops at CPH:DOX

Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue

Two morning Workshops during the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX) 

Dates and Times 

19 and 20 March 2018, 9.00-13.00 (refreshments included)
Participants are welcome to attend on one or both days.


Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen
Click here for directions to the venue and information on public transport

Workshop Coordinators

Professor Jeanette Steemers (King’s College London) and Professor Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster)

The Context

European broadcasters, policy-makers, children’s advocacy groups and content producers face new opportunities and challenges in the wake of recent unprecedented migration flows to Europe, including the arrival of thousands of Arabic-speaking families and children.

The workshops, each focusing on a different theme, aim to help European stakeholders better understand the information and entertainment needs of Arabic-speaking children, many of whom are struggling to make sense of the troubling and often chaotic environment they have witnessed.

Drawing on three years’ research in Arabic-speaking countries, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the workshops are designed to facilitate discussion between those in Europe who regulate, commission, fund, produce or comment on children’s content and Arab expert practitioners with experience of children’s media.

The Workshops

Topics to be addressed in the workshop sessions will include:

  • How is childhood defined and understood in the Arab world and how have Arab children’s entertainment and information needs been articulated by industry and policy-makers?
  • What do Arab children know about the world from the screen content available to them? Where are the gaps?
  • What are the shared information and entertainment needs, wants and experiences of young Arabic-speaking migrant children and European-born children who have watched them arrive? How can this knowledge be used to reach out to children and reflect diversity?
  • Why are children’s voices and media rights fundamental to children’s future participation as citizens in new environments?
  • What type of practical screen content policy and production recommendations are best for promoting social engagement among children and families who may be experiencing homesickness and disorientation?

Workshop activities 

Each workshop will consist of 3 sessions involving a mix of whole group and break-out activities, intended to be relevant, informative and thought-provoking for anyone with an interest in children’s media, diversity and migrant issues.

Download the Workshop Poster here


Attendance is free of charge but formal registration is required. Please email Dr Christine Singer ( if you would like to attend.