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[ecrea] special issue on Connected migrants published in Popular Communication 16(1)

Tue Jan 23 18:57:19 GMT 2018

We are happy to announce the publication of the Popular Communication 16(1) special issue on Connected migrants, edited by Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi

Issue description: This special issue features digital migration research as first presented during the Connected Migrants Academy Colloquium and Masterclasses that took place December 14–16, 2016, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taking a cue from Dana Diminescu’s seminal manifesto on “the connected migrant,” this special issue introduces the notions of encapsulation and cosmopolitanism to understand digital migration studies. The pieces here present a nonbinary, integrated notion of an increasingly digitally mediated cosmopolitanism that accommodates differences within but also recognizes Europe’s colonial legacy and the fraught postcolonial present. Of special interest is an essay by the late Zygmunt Bauman, who argues that the messy boundaries of Europe require a renewed vision of cosmopolitan Europe, based on dialogue and aspirations, rather than on Eurocentrism and universal values. In the introductory article, we focus on three overarching discussions informing this special issue: (a) an appreciation of the so-called “refugee crisis” and the articulation of conflicting Europeanisms, (b) an understanding of the relationships between the concepts of cosmopolitanization and encapsulation, and (c) a recognition of the emergence of the interdisciplinary field of digital migration studies.

Table of contents:
Zygmunt Bauman: Between separation and integration: Strategies of cohabitation in the era of diasporization and Internet (open access)

Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi: Connected migrants: Encapsulation and cosmopolitanization (open access)

Saskia Witteborn: The digital force in forced migration: Imagined affordances and gendered practices

Alexander Dhoest: Complicating cosmopolitanism: Ethno-cultural and sexual connections among gay migrants

Myria Georgiou: Does the subaltern speak? Migrant voices in digital Europe

Roopika Risam: Now you see them: Self-representation and the refugee selfie

Sanjay Sharma & Jasbinder Nijjar: The racialized surveillant assemblage: Islam and the fear of terrorism

You can find the issue online here:
With kind regards,

Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi

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