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[ecrea] Conference 'Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age' - cfp

Sun Mar 25 14:45:04 GMT 2018




10-11 APRIL,  2018

While smartphones are accessible, affordable, and easy to use, in the realm of the public imaginary the image of the disenfranchised and disconnected migrant remains that of the ‘have nots’, and therefore subject to ‘high tech orientalism’ (Chun, 2006). But how do digital technologies bridge geographical distance through digital proximity? How are affect, intimacy, and belonging negotiated online in the face of (forced) migration and transnational movements?

This conference aims to cover a broad range of conflict-related issues on mobility and migration in a digital age. It will explore the transformations brought about by the digital revolution, through the analysis of virtual communities, social media platforms, securitization and digital activism.



*Prof. Arjun Appadurai*

(Visiting Professor Institute of European Ethnology, Berlin/ Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University)

/Narrative Panic and the Edges of Europe///

*Prof. Mirca Madianou *

(Reader in Media and Communications, Department of Media and Communications*, *Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

/Technocolonialism: Digital Innovation and Data in Humanitarian Practice/



*Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi*

Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature/ Professor Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Dept. of Media and Culture Studies, UU**





*/Day 1/*

_Opening _

Sarah Cole (Dean of Arts and Sciences, Division of Humanities)

_Introduction _

Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University/Columbia University)


*Panel I*

_Digital Cartographies ‘in’ Time_

Moderator: Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University)

*Alex Gil*(Columbia University)

/“In The Same Boats": Moving Maps and Cartographies of Intersections /

*Roopika Risam*(Salem State University)

/Cartographies of the Living and the Dead: Mapping Global Migration/

*Anne McNevin*(The New School)

/Time, Digital Media, and the Figure of the Migrant///


*Panel II*

_Networks, Affects and Activism_

Moderator: Jonathan Corpus Ong (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

*Claudia Minchilli*(Utrecht University)

/Somali Women in Postcolonial Italy: Identity Construction Through Digital Connectedness/

*Donya Alinejad*(Utrecht University)//

/Social Media and Feelings of Presence: Mobile Apps and Emotions in a Context of Transnational and Urban Mobility. /

*Radhika Gajjala*(Bowling Green State University)

/Migration and Mobility in Gendered Indian Digital Social Media Spaces: Revisiting “Ghar and Bahir/


*Panel III*

_Digital Migration in Europe_

Moderator: Radha Hegde (New York University)

*Melis Mevsimler*(Utrecht University)

/Divided Nation, Divided Diaspora: Crossroads of Gender and Homeland Politics in Everyday Lives of Migrant Women from Turkey in London /

*Myria Georgiou*(London School of Economics/Annenberg School of Communication, USC)

/The Communication Architecture of Humanitarian Securitization: Communicative Politics of Reception at Europe’s Borderland./

*Koen Leurs*(Utrecht University)

/Connected Migrants and Digital Migration Studies in Europe /


*Panel IV*

/_Cosmopolitan Interruptions_/__

Moderator: Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University/Columbia University)

*Bruce Robbins*(Columbia University)

/The Refugee and the Beneficiary /

*Frances Negrón-Muntaner*(Columbia University)

/The Emptying Island: Puerto Rican Expulsion in Post-Maria Time///

*Wouter Omen*(Utrecht University)

/Humanitarian Communication, Common Humanities Playground/


Chair: Sandra Ponzanesi

Mirca Madianou (Goldsmith, University of London)

/Technocolonialism: Digital Innovation and Data in Humanitarian Practice/


*/Day 2/**//*


*Panel V*

_Technologies for Change: Gaming, Piracy & Conviviality_

Moderator: Koen Leurs (Utrecht University)

*Dennis Tenen*(Columbia University)

/Global Book Piracy as Peer Preservation/

*Jonathan Corpus Ong/Maria Rovisco*(University of Massachusetts, Amherst/University of Leicester)

/Curating Conviviality/

*Joost Raessens*(Utrecht University/NYU)

/Life as a Refugee: Games for Change/

*Panel VI*

_Mediating Migration_

Moderator: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)

*Laura Candidatu*(Utrecht University)

/Digital Media and Diasporic Mothering: Romanian Diaspora in Amsterdam///

*Radha Hegde*(New York University)

/Diasporic Itinerancy and Remediated Authenticities/

*Ato Quayson*(New York University)

/Modes of the Selfie from Orality to Social Media/

*Panel VII*

_Beyond Connectivity and Surveillance_

Moderator: Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics/Annenberg School of Communication, USC)

*Sandro Mezzadra*(University of Bologna/The New School)

/The Border Regime as a Black Box? Migration, Logistics, and Digitalization in Europe and Beyond/

*Inderpal Grewal*(Yale University)

/Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants: Racial logics of digital production./

*Miriam Ticktin*(The New School)

/Re-imagining Border Technologies, Designing New Political Forms/






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