As a part of the ERC project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,” Laura Candidatu has recently started her PhD research that explores the relation between women’s migration and digital technologies. Using a comparative approach and various digital methods, the research will focus on Somali, Romanian and Turkish women migrants who have settled in Amsterdam.

Previously, Laura has earned a BA degree in Political Sciences and a MA in Gender Studies at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She also followed the Intensive Postgraduate Intensive Programme at the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on the East-West dynamics within the construction of the European Union, the relations between postcolonialism and post-socialist studies, the postcolonial turn in digital humanities, European migration and intersectionality. 

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  2018 - Scholarly publications
Alinejad, D., Candidatu, L.I., Mevsimler, M., Minchilli, C., Ponzanesi, S. & van der Vlist, F.N. (23.05.2018). Diaspora and mapping methodologies: - tracing transnational digital connections with ‘mattering maps’. Global Networks
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Candidatu, L.I. (02.11.2017) Participant Migration and communication flows: Rethinking borders, identity and conflict through the digital. Bilbao (02.11.2017 - 03.11.2017) Presentation "Digitally mediated diasporic formations. Everyday Motherhood and Negotiations of Belonging in the Romanian Diaspora from Amsterdam."
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Candidatu, L.I. (09.11.2016) Participant ECREA’s 6th European Communication Conference ‘Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures’ Prague (09.11.2016 - 12.11.2016) Presentation: "Mapping Transnational Diasporic Connections in the Turkish Diaspora from the Netherlands"
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Digital Crossings in Europe. Gender, Diaspora and Belonging (CONNECTINGEUROPE)
01.01.2016 to 01.01.2021
General project description 

The project (2016-2021) aims to investigate the relation between migration and digital technologies, in particular the way in which the ‘connected migrant’ contributes to new forms of European integration and cosmopolitan citizenship. The project explores digital diasporas in relation to issues of gender, ethnicity and affective belonging, focusing on how new technologies enhance new forms of connectivity between the homeland and destination countries, bus also across diasporas. The project pioneers a new interdisciplinary method that combines media studies, postcolonial theories, digital humanities and gender studies, drawing from the humanities and social science.

It proposes a comparative approach, based on qualitative digital methods, that focuses on Somali, Romanian and Turkish women migrants who have settled in some of Europe’s main cities (London – PhD1, Amsterdam – PhD2 and Rome – PhD3) and the way in which they keep digitally and emotionally connected to their homeland cities (Mogadishu, Bucharest, Istanbul – Postdoc). The project will chart how different forms of migration (labour, postcolonial and postsocialist) impact on the new European order at the local and transnational levels.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: ERC (European Research Council) consolidator grant
Project members UU

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