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?