‘Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday’, Communication, Culture & Critique
Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs
Professor of Media, Gender and Postcolonial Studies Sandra Ponzanesi and Assistant Professor of Gender, Media and Migration Studies Koen Leurs are the guest editors of a special issue of Communication, Culture & Critique: ‘Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday’. It explores the role that digital technology plays in the lives of migrants. The issue does so by paying close attention to governmental and supranational organisations as well as to subjective and affective dimensions of the everyday.
Digital migration practices emerge as complex negotiations in the digital media sphere between infrastructural bias and agential opportunities, contesting racial practices as well as enabling digitally mediated bonds of solidarity and intimacy.
Nuanced critical perspectives
The issue offers nuanced critical perspectives ranging from surveillance capitalism, extractive humanitarianism, datafication, and border regimes to choreographies of care and intimacy in transnational settings, among other aspects. Renowned international scholars reflect on these issues from different vantage points.
The closing forum section provides state-of-the-art commentaries on digital diaspora, affect and belonging, voice and visibility in the digital media sphere, queer migrant interventions in non-academic settings, and datafication and media infrastructures in ‘deep time’.