Profile

Koen Leurs is an assistant professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He works on digital migration studies, and he is the principal investigator of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research-funded study “Young Connected Migrants. Comparing Digital Practices of Young Asylum Seekers and Expatriates in the Netherlands,” and the Dutch National Research Agenda funded participatory action research project “Media literacy through Making Media: A Key to Participation for Young Newcomers.” Leurs has recently published Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0. Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections (Amsterdam University Press, 2015). Recently, with Sandra Ponzanesi, he guest-edited a special issue on “Connected migrants: Encapsulation and cosmopolitanization” for Popular Communication. International Journal of Media and Culture (volume 16.1, 2018), and a special issue on “Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe” for Social Media + Society (forthcoming march 2018). Currently, he is co-editing the Sage Handbook of Media and Migration.

He is the chair of the European Communication Research and Education (ECREA) Diaspora, Migration and the Media section.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Key publications

Leurs, K.H.A. (22.06.2015). Digital passages. Migrant youth 2.0 - Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections. (323 p.). Amsterdam University Press.

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (12.01.2018). Connected migrants. Popular Communication, 16 (1), (pp. 1) (85 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (12.01.2018). Connected migrants: Encapsulation and cosmopolitanization. Popular Communication, 16 (1), (pp. 4-20).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Smets, Kevin (30.03.2018). Five Questions for Digital Migration Studies - Learning From Digital Connectivity and Forced Migration In(to) Europe. Social Media + Society, Special collection, (pp. 1) (16 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Smets, Kevin (30.03.2018). Forced Migrants and Digital Connectivity - Social Media + Society . Social Media + Society, Special Collection.
Leurs, K.H.A. (06.02.2018). Networked (in)justice - Issue 6: AoIR Special Issue . Information Communication and Society, 21 (6), (pp. 793) (914 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (06.02.2018). Networked (in)justice - an introduction to the #AoIR17 special issue. Information Communication and Society, 21 (6), (pp. 793) (801 p.).
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (2017). Communication rights from the margins: politicising young refugees’ smartphone pocket archives. International Communication Gazette, 79 (6-7), (pp. 674-698 ) (24 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Shepherd, Tamara (2017). Datafication and discrimination. The Datafied Society - Studying Culture through Data (pp. 211-231 ) (20 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Leurs, K.H.A. & Madhuri, Prabhakar (2017). Doing digital migration studies. In Evren Yalaz & Ricard Zapata Barrero (Eds.), Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies Cham.
Leurs, K.H.A. (02.11.2017) Chair ECREA Diaspora, Migration and the Media conference Bilbao (02.11.2017 - 04.11.2017) “Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital”
Leurs, K.H.A. () Guest editor Information Communication and Society (Journal) Platform values.<br/>Marking a decade of exciting interdisciplinary internet research, this is the 10th Information, Communication and Society special issue that features research generated by the annual Association of Internet Research (AoIR) confer
Leurs, K.H.A. (2017). Midia, Xavier and Sarah: the Politics of Linking in Feminist and postcolonial Digital Humanities. In Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture - A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies (pp. 233-244). Routledge.
Leurs, K.H.A. & Zimmer, Michael (03.06.2017). Platform values: an introduction to the #AoIR16 special issue. Information Communication and Society, 20 (6), (pp. 803-808).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2017). Young connected migrants - Remaking Europe from below through encapsulation and cosmopolitanization . In A.K. Al-Rawi & K.H. Karim (Eds.), Diaspora and media in Europe - Migration, Identity, and Integration London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A., de Haan, M.J. & Leander, K. (2016). Affective belongings across geographies: locating YouTube viewing practices of Moroccan-Dutch youth. In Ben Aslinger & Germaine R. Halegoua (Eds.), Locating Emerging Media (pp. 207-226). London: Routledge.
Leurs, K.H.A. (2016). Digital divides in the era of widespread Internet access - Migrant youth negotiating hierarchies in digital culture. . In M. Walrave, K Ponnet, E. Vanderhoven, J. Haers & B. Sageart (Eds.), Youth 2.0. Connecting, Sharing and Empowering - Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media. (pp. 61-78). Cham: Springer.
Leurs, K.H.A. & Georgiou, Myria (2016). Digital makings of the cosmopolitan city? Young people’s urban imaginaries of London. International Journal of Communication, 10, (pp. 3689–3709) (20 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2016). Young Connected Migrants and Non-Normative European Family Life - Exploring Affective Human Right Claims of young E-diasporas. International journal of e-politics , 7 (3), (pp. 15-34) (19 p.). Koen Leurs, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (22.06.2015). Digital passages. Migrant youth 2.0 - Diaspora, Gender & Youth Cultural Intersections. (323 p.). Amsterdam University Press.
Vuolteenaho, Jani, Leurs, K.H.A. & Sumiala, Johanna (2015). Digital urbanisms - Exploring the spectacular, ordinary and contested facets of the media city . Observatorio, 9 (22 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2015). 'Ik wil niet dat mijn moeder achter me staat snap je?’ - Hoe Marokkaans Nederlandse jongeren zich het internet eigen maken.. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 17 (1), (pp. 5) (26 p.).
te Walvaart, Marleen, Leurs, K.H.A., Dhoest, Alexander & van den Bulck, Hilde (2015). Kosmopolitische verbeeldingen in het Nederlandse buitenlandprogramma Metropolis: Een productieanalyse - Een productieanalyse. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap
Leurs, K.H.A. (2015). Midia, Xavier en Sarah: de politiek van de ‘link’ in digitale geesteswetenschappen. In Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate (Eds.), Handboek genderstudies in media, kunst en cultuur (pp. 315-329) (14 p.). Bussum: Coutinho.
Leurs, K.H.A. (2015). Researching the media city: a duo interview with Myria Georgiou and Scott McQuire. Observatorio, 9, (pp. 193-208) (15 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2015). Social Media as Contact Zones - Young Londoners Remapping the Metropolis through Digital Media. In S. Ponzanesi & Colpani G. (Eds.), Postcolonial Transitions in Europe - Contexts, Practices and Politics (pp. 255-275). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  2015 - Other output
K.H.A. Leurs (17.04.2015) Digital throwntogetherness. Young Londoners negotiating urban politics of difference and encounter on Facebook”.
K.H.A. Leurs (31.05.2015) Digital Throwntogetherness: Young Londoners Negotiating Urban Politics of Difference and Encounter on Facebook
K.H.A. Leurs (24.09.2015) Invited talk: Social media = gated communities?
K.H.A. Leurs (19.10.2015) Why youth identity matters
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (01.08.2014). A dialogue on the dilemmas of feminist research praxis, with Rosemarie Buikema, Willy Jansen and Lies Wesseling. Everyday Feminist Research Praxis. Doing Gender in the Netherlands. (pp. 280) (301 p.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
Leurs, Koen (14.11.2014). Digital Throwntogetherness - Young Londoners Negotiating Urban Politics of Difference and Encounter on Facebook. Popular Communication, 12 (4), (pp. 251-265) (15 p.).
Olivieri, D. & Leurs, K.H.A. (2014). Everyday Feminist Research Praxis - Doing Gender in the Netherlands. (301 p.). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Leurs, K.H.A. (31.08.2014) Invited speaker IMISCOE Annual Conference Madrid (27.08.2014 - 29.08.2014) Invited presentation: Researching digital practices of migrant youth: “creative”, “participatory” & “digital” methods.
Leurs, K.H.A. (27.11.2014) Invited speaker Johannes Gutenberg Universität Invited talk: Exploring digital practices among young migrants
Ponzanesi, S. & Leurs, K.H.A. (2014). On Digital Crossings in Europe. Crossings, 5 (1), (pp. 3-22) (20 p.).
Ponzanesi, Sandra & Leurs, Koen (2014). Remediating Religion as Everyday Practice: Postsecularism, Postcolonialism and Digital Culture. In Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard, Tobijn de Graauw & Eva Midden (Eds.), Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics. (pp. 152-174) (23 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (29.03.2013). ‘Ow god, die snobs zien ons weer aan voor een levend laboratorium’ Participatief internetonderzoek over/met Marokkaans-Nederlandse jongeren. KWALON, Kwalitatief Onderzoek in Nederland, 18 (2), (pp. 106-112) (6 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2013). Bits of Homeland: Generational and Gender Transformations of Moroccan-Dutch Youth using digital technologies. Observatorio, 7 (1), (pp. 1-22) (22 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2013). Book review: Migration, diaspora, and information technology in global societies. Global Networks, 9, (pp. 179-181) (3 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. (2013). Der Nutzung digitaler Medien Niederländische Jugendlicher mit Marokkanische Migrationshintergrund. Medienräume: Materialität und Regionalität. (pp. 193-208) (16 p.). innsbruck university press.
Roggero, G., Grappi, G., Priftis, T., Hatzoupolos, P., Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (02.02.2013). Final Report Study on Knowledge and Education. European Union Framework Programme 7 Mig@Net project, Synthesis report. Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender..
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2013). Intersectionality, Digital Identities and Migrant Youth. In C. Carter, L. Steiner & L. McLaughlin (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (pp. 632-642) (11 p.). London: Routledge.
Leurs, K.H.A. (21.02.2013) Invited speaker Digital Race Methods Workshop London (21.02.2013) Invited talk: “Hypertextual selves: an intersectional reading of affective identification online?”.
Leurs, K.H.A. (29.11.2013) Invited speaker ESRC Seminar Series: Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights. Leicester (29.11.2013) Invited talk: “The politics of asymmetrical affective capital: Transnational communication among young Somalis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Leurs, K.H.A. (11.03.2013) Invited speaker Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen Invited talk: Biedt technologie een oplossing? De rol van digitale media in identiteit, kennis- en netwerkvorming onder jonge asielzoekers”.
Leurs, K.H.A. (19.09.2013) Invited speaker Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Invited talk: Digital Passages
Leurs, K.H.A. (17.01.2013) Invited speaker University of Innsbruck Invited talk: Digital Passages. Moroccan-Dutch youths performing diaspora, gender and youth cultural identities across digital space
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2013). Norms and contestations. Ethnicized and minoritized students as space invaders in Dutch higher education. Etnofoor, 25 (2), (pp. 73-97) (24 p.).
  2013 - Professional publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (2013). Passagen und die Invasion des Raumes. Wie marokkanisch-niederländische Jugendliche digitale räumliche Machtverhältnisse überwinden. In V Dander, V Gruendhammer, M Rizzolli, H Ortner & D Pfurtscheller (Eds.), Medienräume: Materialität und Regionalität (pp. 193-206) (14 p.). Innsbruck: innsbruck university press.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A., Midden, E. & Ponzanesi, S. (2012). Digital multiculturalism in the Netherlands: Religious, ethnic, and gender positioning by Moroccan-Dutch youth. Religion and Gender, 2 (1).
Leurs, K.H.A. (16.09.2012) Invited speaker Japanese Society for Socio-Informatics Gunma (16.09.2012) Invited talk: “Visual representations and hypertextual selves: analyzing Moroccan-Dutch identity performativity on online social networking sites
Leurs, K.H.A. (14.05.2012) Invited speaker Johannes Gutenberg Universität Invited talk: digital crossroads. A transdisciplinary analysis of Moroccan-Dutch youth’ identifications across digital territories.
Leurs, K.H.A. (10.07.2012) Invited speaker Collaboratory for International Research on Games. St Gallen (08.07.2012 - 12.07.2012) Invited talk: Digital inequalities and spatial hierarchies
Leurs, K.H.A. (2012). Migrant youth invading online spaces - intersectional performativity of self in socio-technological networks. In Radhika Gajjala & J.E. Yeon (Eds.), Cyberfeminism 2.0 (pp. 285-305) (21 p.). New York: Peter Lang Verlag.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2011). Communicative Spaces of their Own. Migrant Girls Performing Selves Using Istant Messaging Software. Feminist Review, vol. 99, (pp. 55-78) (24 p.).
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2011). Dutch Moroccan Girls Performing their Selves in Instant Messaging Spaces. In K. Ross (Eds.), The Handbook of Gender, Sex and the Media (pp. 436-454) (19 p.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2011). Gendering the Construction of Instant Messaging. In M. Ames & S.H. Burcon (Eds.), Women and Language: Essays on Gendered Communication Across Media (pp. 199-214) (16 p.). Jefferson NC: McFarland Press.
Leurs, K.H.A. & Ponzanesi, S. (2011). Mediated Crossroads: Youthful Digital Diasporas. M/C Journal. A Journal of Media and Culture, 14 (2).
Leurs, K.H.A., Hirzalla, F. & van Zoonen, L. (2011). Waar moslimjongeren hun eigen koers kunnen varen. Zinzoekers op het Web - Internet en de verandering van geloofsbeleving (pp. 129-140) (12 p.). Vught: Skandalon.
  2011 - Other output
K.H.A. Leurs (27.05.2011) Communicative Spaces of Their Own: Migrant Girls Performing Selves Using Instant Messaging Software
K.H.A. Leurs (15.05.2011) Mind the Gap: space invaders! Migrant Youth Online and the ‘Internetworked’ Experiences of Transition
  2010 - Popularising publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (11.05.2010). Framing terrorism. BLIK, (pp. 34-45) (11 p.).
  2010 - Other output
K.H.A. Leurs (23.06.2010) Mediated crossroads. Youthful digital diasporas
K.H.A. Leurs (22.03.2010) Online social networking sites as spaces of conviviality? Diversity and multiculturalism on Hyves.
K.H.A. Leurs (24.06.2010) Performing gender and ethnicity in socio-technological networks: The performance of gender by migrant girls in Instant Messaging spaces.
Ponzanesi, S., Leurs, K.H.A., de Haan, M.J., Ünlüsoy, A. & Leander, K. (01.03.2010). The diasporic networks of migrant youth: learning and identity. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  2009 - Professional publications
Leurs, K.H.A. (2009). Review. Journal Title
  2009 - Other output
Ponzanesi, S., de Haan, M.J., Leander, K., Leurs, K.H.A. & Ünlüsoy, A. (01.11.2009). At Home in the Web. The diasporic networks of migrant youth: Learning and identity construction online. Paper presented at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
K.H.A. Leurs (02.05.2009) Be(com)ing cyber Mocro’s. Digital Media, Migration and Glocalized Youth Cultures
K.H.A. Leurs (26.11.2009) Hypertextual selves. Patterns of production and consumption of Dutch Moroccan youth on Hyves
K.H.A. Leurs (05.07.2009) Migrant youth & online hypertext: multiple modes of becoming/belonging
K.H.A. Leurs (10.09.2009) Migrant Youth Writing G/local Hypertextual Selves
K.H.A. Leurs (31.10.2009) Online social networking sites as spaces of conviviality? Dutch-Moroccan youth on Hyves.
K.H.A. Leurs (24.04.2009) Postcolonializing the Internet
  2008 - Other output
K.H.A. Leurs (12.09.2008) Migrant youth, cyberspace & the 'well' of transnational symbolic vocabulary
K.H.A. Leurs (10.09.2008) Toward a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Model for Researching Localizing and Globalizing Uses of Media among Migrant Youth
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Project:
Media literacy through making media: A key to participation for migrant youth?
01.09.2017 to 31.08.2019
General project description 

The project ‘Critical media literacy through making media (MMM): A key to participation among migrant youth’, is funded by the Dutch National Research Agenda (2017-2019). The team consists of the coordinators Koen Leurs and Sanne Sprenger and junior researchers Ena Omerovic and Hemmo Bruinenberg. MMM collaborates with students and teachers to develop an educational program focused on visual media production using smartphones and aimed at raising critical consciousness and promoting civic engagement.

Role Project Leader
Individual project description

See the project blog at https://mmm.sites.uu.nl/over-mmm.

Funding
NWO grant: Dutch National Research Agenda
Project members UU
Project:
Young connected migrants. Comparing digital practices of young asylum seekers and expatriates in the Netherlands.
01.02.2016 to
General project description 

Digital media use provides an understudied entry-point to understand the life worlds of
young migrants. Young asylum seekers and expatriates are connected migrants. They
both rely on digital media to keep in touch with loved ones and friends across borders.
However, their status and material circumstances radically differ. In Information and
Communication Technology for Development discourses, the Internet is celebrated to
empower asylum seekers. Ironically, digital data are also used to restrict the mobility of
‘irregular migrants’ as anti-immigration sentiments grow across Europe. In sharp
contrast, expatriate youth are elite nomads, for whom the borders of Fortress Europe
pose no obstacles.
This study considers how expat and refugee youth in the Netherlands digitally
encapsulate themselves in bubbles with co-ethnics and develop a cosmopolitan stance
towards others. The focus is on four interrelated processes: 1) identity, 2) learning, 3)
affectivity, and 4) communication rights.
Comparative fieldwork will be conducted among major migrant groups in the
Netherlands. To capture how power relations impact upon their lives, young Syrian and
Somali asylum seekers are compared with American and Indian expat youth (12-18
years).
Creative, participatory and digital techniques are combined during three phases of
data gathering: 1) In-depth interviews with 100 young people (25 Syrians, 25 Somalis,
25 Americans, 25 Indians) revolving around friendship network visualizations; 2) A
virtual ethnography with a selection of 40 interviewees; and 3) A photovoice activity
where 40 informants are invited to share and reflect on self-selected photographs from
their mobile phone archive.
This innovative study will have a three-fold impact. Academic debates in media,
gender and postcolonial studies about migration and ICTs will be diversified. Results
about learning and rights will be shared with relevant practitioners and policy-makers.
The photo exhibition will provide the general audience a more inclusive view of Dutch
society and everyday European multiculturalism.

Role Project Leader Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU

Completed projects

Project:
UPLOAD - Urban Politics of London Youth Analyzed Digitally 01.09.2013 to 01.09.2015
General project description

The main aim of the proposed study is to investigate the lived experience of cultural difference among young Londoners (between 12-18 years) of different cultural backgrounds. Internet applications such as the video sharing platform YouTube, the social-networking site Facebook and micro-blog Twitter are taken as entry points to study the juxtaposition of differences in urban, digital representations. I will theorize and produce new empirical knowledge about how digital practices become loci of intercultural encounters. Taking a comparative approach, I focus on the networked belonging of youths from lower-class (often more multicultural) and upper-class (often more homogeneous) London boroughs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. As digital practices have become a significant part of their life, it is urgent to achieve greater insights in whether their use of Internet applications corroborates pan-European sentiments of failed multiculturalism and ethnic segregation or whether their experiences rather showcase conviviality, cross-cultural exchange and cultural hybridization. Thus far, the ways in which diverse ethnic/gender/religious identities digitally encounter, negotiate and appropriate one another across online/offline spaces have remained understudied. Innovatively bringing new media, gender and postcolonial studies into dialogue; the layered dynamics and user-generated cultural heterogeneity across Internet applications is scrutinized. The proposed study combines large-scale digital methods to study geographically tagged user-generated content, qualitative in-depth interviews with 90 youths and virtual ethnography with 30 young informants.

 
Role Project Leader
Individual project description

As of 1 September 2013, Dr Koen Leurs (Mediastudies) will work as a Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. With an Intra-European Fellowship for career development, he will conduct research for 24 months within the project ‘U.P.L.O.A.D – Urban Politics of London Youth Analyzed Digitally’ at the School of Media and Communications.


His project investigates the lived experience of cultural difference among young Londoners (between 12-18 years) of different cultural backgrounds. Taking a comparative approach, Leurs focuses on the networked belonging of youths from lower-class (often more multicultural) and upper-class (often more homogeneous) London boroughs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


As digital practices have become a significant part of their life, it is urgent to achieve greater insights in whether their use of Internet applications corroborates pan-European sentiments of failed multiculturalism and ethnic segregation or whether their experiences rather showcase conviviality, cross-cultural exchange and cultural hybridisation. Thus far, the ways in which diverse ethnic/gender/religious identities digitally encounter, negotiate and appropriate one another across online/offline spaces have remained understudied.


Leurs innovatively brings new media, gender and postcolonial studies into dialogue. He combines large-scale digital methods to study geographically tagged user-generated content, qualitative in-depth interviews with 90 youths and virtual ethnography with 30 young informants.

Funding
EU grant: Marie Curie IEF Intra-European Fellowship for career development
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr. Myria Georgiou
Project:
Mig@net. Transnational Digital Networks. Migration and Gender 01.07.2010 to 01.02.2013
General project description

MIG@NET explores how migrant individuals and communities participate in the production and transformation of transnational digital networks and the effect of transnational digital networks on migrant mobility and integration. Transnational digital networks are studied as instances of socio-economic, gender, racial, and class hierarchies, where the participation of migrant communities entails the possibility of challenging these hierarchies. The participation of migrant communities - at times inclusive, joining in larger transnational digital projects, at times exclusive, creating separate and relatively closed transnational spaces - is investigated in detail through particular case studies in seven thematic areas: Border Crossings, Communication and Information Flows, Education and Knowledge, Religious Practices, Sexualities, Social Movements, Intercultural Conflict and Dialogue. The project addresses these issues through a tripartite conceptual and methodological approach: a) a critical approach to the separation between the digital and the real; b) a transnational approach to migration and c) an intersectional approach to gender.


 

 
Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: 7th European Framework Program
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Panteion University (Greece); Symfiliosi (Cyprus); Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (France); University of Hamburg (Germany); University of Bologna (Italy); The Peace Institute (Slovenia) and the University of Hull (UK).
Project:
Wired Up: Digital Media as Innovative Socialization Practices for Migrant Youth 01.01.2007 to 30.06.2012
General project description
In this project, we focus on how new digital media practices involving the internet impact on the lives, identities, learning and socialization of migrant youth. Migrancy, central to this program, embeds many of the local and global paradoxes that also pertain to digital media with their compression of space and time. However the link between the two fields is still under-theorised and is in need of more situated and comparative research. The project aims to monitor, evaluate and assess the socio-cultural specificities of the interaction between youth and digital media in a comparative perspective (migrants versus native Dutch, Moroccan migrants in the Netherlands versus Mexican migrants in the USA, female versus male). The comparative research focuses on a) identity construction and global representations, b) development of new learning strategies and socialization patterns, c) new forms of digital literacy and youth networks, and d) differences and similarities of these dynamics in a cross-national comparison. The project aims to locate the study of the effects of digital media in relation to socio-cultural configurations mediated by nationality, gender and ethnicity. See for more information: http://www.uu.nl/wiredup/ 
Role Researcher
Individual project description With the goal to work on urgent contemporary issues, Wired Up offers me chances to grow as an engaged scholar. Originally, I was trained in media studies, and I also took courses in gender studies, cultural geography and philosophy. During my studies I have developed an interest in the critical study of internetworked culture. In my dissertation I advance this interest with a specific focus, my aim is to sketch and theorize processes of everyday Internetworked identification of Dutch-Moroccan youth. My aim is to uncover often unheard, but highly political stories of personal identification by tracing mediated crossings between youth cultures, cultures of origin and cultures of migration. Analytically, for me identity includes the performativity of various axis of differentiation such as gender, age, ethnicity, generation, religion and diaspora. Studying use of different applications, I hope to conceptualize how performativity is mutually shaped by their medium specific characteristics. I use survey data, interviews and online materials to highlight and juxtapose various aspects of these processes. I enjoy learning how to intervene in fields like gender and postcolonial studies and new media studies. Working together with people from various backgrounds, the project offers me the opportunity to learn how to bring quantitative and qualitative approaches into a creative and productive collision. Keywords: Dutch-Moroccan migrant youth, intersectional approach to identity, representation, postcolonial/gender studies, medium specificity
Funding
Utrecht University: Utrecht Executive Board, High Potential Project
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. dr. Mariette de Haan (UU
  • SW); dr. Kevin Leander
  • VanderBilt University
  • USA. Dr. Fleur Prinsen (UU
  • GW); Asli Unlosoy (UU
  • SW)
Project:
Wired Up. Digital Media as Innovative Socialization Practice for Migrant Youth. 01.01.2007 to 31.05.2012
General project description
In this project, carried out in
collaboration with psychologist Mariëtte de Haan (Social Sciences, UU) and
literary ethnographer Kevin Leander (Vanderbilt University, USA, Education and
Human Development) we focus on how new digital media practices involving the
Internet (e.g., information seeking, instant messaging, chat, web logs, the
production and distribution of multi-media) impact on the lives, identities,
learning and socialization of migrant youth. Migrancy, central to this program,
embeds many of the local and global paradoxes that also pertain to digital media
with their compression of space and time. However the link between the two
fields is still under-theorised and is in need of more situated and comparative
research. The project aims to monitor, evaluate and assess the socio-cultural
specificities of the interaction between youth and digital media in a
comparative perspective (migrants versus native Dutch, Moroccan migrants in the
Netherlands versus Mexican migrants in the USA, female versus male). The
comparative research focuses on a) identity construction and global
representations, b) development of new learning strategies and socialization
patterns, c) new forms of digital literacy and youth networks, and d)
differences and similarities of these dynamics in a cross-national comparison.
The project aims to locate the study of the effects of digital media in relation
to socio-cultural configurations mediated by nationality, gender and ethnicity
 
Role Researcher Funding
Utrecht University
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. Mariette De Haan (UU
  • SW); Dr. Kevin Leander. VanderBilt University
  • USA; Dr. Fleur Prinsen (UU
  • SW); Asli Unlosoy (UU
  • SW)
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Currently dr. Koen Leurs teaches the following course(s):
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MC1V17001 Mec-Gender, etniciteit en cultuurkritiek V 1 7.5
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Additional functions and activities

-Facilitator sport, games and dance with refugee youth as part of TeamUp (coalition War Child, Save the Children, Unicef Nederland) See http://www.warchild.nl/TeamUp

-Teacher media and information literacy Ithaka Internationale Schakelklassen Utrecht (january-april 2017).

-Chair of the Diaspora, Migration & Media section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Zie http://www.ecrea.eu/divisions/section/id/4

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Muntstraat 2-2A
Room 0.05
3512 EV  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 7844
Availability
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For more info see www.koenleurs.net

Gegenereerd op 2018-06-18 11:53:54
Last updated 14.06.2018