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Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective 28-30 June, 2012
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Utrecht University, the Netherlands
CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference website: http://www.digitalcrossroads.nl
Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals: January 10, 2012
Conference chair: Sandra Ponzanesi
Because of the disjunctive and unstable interplay of commerce, media, national policies, and consumer fantasies, ethnicity, once a genie contained in the bottle of some sort of locality (however large), has now become a global force, forever slipping in and through the cracks between states and borders
The conference will consider the following questions, among others: How has the development of new digital technologies changed the experience of migration? Conversely, how has the reality of migration impacted on the use, development and distribution of new media technologies? How does the use of media differ among different migrant generations? How does media literacy impact on issues of integration and socialization in a hosting country? What are the differences in media access, diffusion and use among different migrant communities across the world? How are race, gender, age, class, ethnicity and other markers of identity recodified online? How are transnational relationships and resources arrayed in networks? How do ideas and practices move across these networks? How is the notion of home or community, which is no longer locatable with a “here” and “there” reconceptualised through digital diasporas? How do these developments impact on the spaces for learning and education, which are no longer limited to place-based classrooms and curricula? How can learning processes and networks be conceptualised when these networks expand larger geographical distances, and multiple communities are crossed? What resources of identity do migrants draw on and how are these resources hybridized in practice, and related to their learning and socialization processes? In short, how are digital crossroads created, distributed and experienced in the context of migration, diaspora and transnationalism?
The conference will explore three inter-related strands of the relationships between media and migration:
Identity and diaspora (Strand 1)
Migrant networks (Strand 2)
Learning in a globalized world (Strand 3)
Please send 300-word abstracts for papers or 500-word panel proposals for 3 to 4 presentations by 10 January 2012. Submission should be made online via http://www.digitalcrossroads.nl. See further submission instructions on the website. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 February, 2012.
For more information or questions please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference comes at the end of a five-year High Potential project, entitled “Wired Up: Digital media as innovative socialization practices for migrant youth”, carried out by the Faculty of Humanities (project leader Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (project leader Prof. Dr. Mariette de Haan) at Utrecht University in collaboration with Vanderbilt University, USA (Dr. Kevin Leander, Peabody College for Education). The project was funded by the Executive Board of Utrecht University to stimulate interdisciplinary research. See http://www.uu.nl/wiredup.