27 March 2018

Collaboration Utrecht University and Columbia University

Many Utrecht speakers at conference 'Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age'

Many scholars from Utrecht University will give lectures at the international conference Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age. Paradoxes of Connectivity and Belonging that will be held at 10 and 11 April at Columbia University, New York. The conference is organised in collaboration with Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities and Utrecht University, ERC project CONNECTINGEUROPE, led by Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi, during her visiting professorship at Columbia University.

Geographical distance, digital proximity

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?

Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi

Mobility and migration in a digital age

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: Narrative Panic and the Edges of Europe
  • Prof. Mirca Madianou: Technocolonialism: Digital Innovation and Data in Humanitarian Practice

Speakers from Utrecht University:

  • Sandra Ponzanesi
  • Claudia Minchilli
  • Donya Alinejad
  • Melis Mevsimler
  • Koen Leurs
  • Wouter Omen
  • Joost Raessens
  • Laura Candidatu

See for more information and speakers the attached file in the menu on the left.