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Prof. Dr. Mariëtte de Haan (project leader)

Wired Up provides me with the opportunity to study, now from a more interdisciplinary perspective than previously, the ‘ecologies of learning’ which youth have access to in a world that is increasingly connected and ‘in motion’. Coming from psychology, educational sciences and the study of cultural diversity, this programme helps me think how practices of socialisation and learning expand over larger distances through the internet and how they are reshaped given that these distances also bring youth in contact with many different, culturally diverse communities. I am excited about the possibility we have as a group to combine a large survey data set with more qualitative, ethnographic work and the possibilities the interdisciplinary nature of the project brings us, also conceptually. Currently I am, together with other Wired Uppers, working on mapping and qualitatively describing online learning networks of youth and looking at what these tell us about how socialization is spread out geographically and what this means for the nature of these learning relationships. Furthermore, since these networks of relationships expose children to people, linguistic and cultural forms and information streams from a variety of origins, my aim is to describe what kind of learning experiences are involved in participating and moving through these multiple, extended and heterogeneous worlds.

Learning, social networks, migrant youth, cultural diversity

Dr. Kevin Leander (project leader)

The purpose of Wired Up is to understand what “migrancy” means in the (post)modern social and cultural worlds of The Netherlands. Our approach to the changing conditions and meanings of migrancy—which exceed the movements of immigrant bodies alone--is to focus on new Internet-associated media and new literacy practices with such media. We strive to understand in particular how new capacities in media for constructing self and group identities, and new affordances for learning that expand beyond traditional schooling, are changing the lives and social futures of immigrants. We see this research work as significant for answering empirical questions about the lives of immigrants in the Netherlands, and also significant for developing empirically grounded theory regarding the changing nature of migrancy in The Netherlands, and more broadly, in time-spaces of rapid global circulations. Further, we recognize a need to develop new methodologies to study migrancy in these complex conditions, and believe that these methodologies should be robustly interdisciplinary.


Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi (project leader)

Wired up investigates issues of youth, identity and migrant culture(s) in digital contexts by building bridges across disciplines and diverse geopolitical settings. Given my background in gender studies, postcolonial critique and cultural theory I am particularly excited by the interdisciplinary and transnational dimension of the project that allows the different and complementary expertises of our well attuned team to investigate questions of mobility, self-profiling and diasporic identifications across online and offline worlds. Through discourse analyses, virtual ethnography and in depth interviews I hope to yield, together with the collaboration of the all team, a deeper insight into the transformative and empowering possibilities of new digital applications, by focusing on how online interactions across different social media and contexts allow, transform and remould ways of being in the world at the crossroads of different ethnic, gendered and national roots and routes. Questions of identity, consumption and remediation are central to the understanding of new globalised worlds which challenge both material and figurative notions of borders, communities and embodiment.

Identity, migration, postcolonialism, gender, globalization

Dr. Fadi Hirzalla (post-doctoral researcher)

The multi-method and multidisciplinary Wired Up project focuses on how young migrants – who have been topic of heated social and political debate in the Netherlands – use online venues and channels to develop, articulate and exchange identities of self and belonging. As a PhD student within communication science and earlier as a MSc student within political science, I have studied how the internet affects the civic lives of young people, as a general group. My mission as a post-doc-researcher at Wired Up is to develop my current expertise, but now also from a more comparative angle and in accordance with Wired Up’s specific research interests. More specifically, I aim to investigate how young migrants combine internet applications and traditional media offline, and whether, how and why media use among (groups of) young migrants might differ from that of native youth. My goal is to investigate these issues through quantitative analyses of the Wired Up survey data. Through the Wired Up qualitative interviews (hopefully supplemented with ethnographic data and textual analysis of content online), I aim to yield a more contextual understanding of the survey-based conclusions. Aiding the analyses and dissemination of results of fellow Wired Uppers, by stimulating and helping with the organization of a special issue, book and conference, can be considered as my final goal.

Youth, migrants, internet, identity, context

Dr. Fleur Prinsen (post-doctoral researcher)

When I joined the Wired Up team, what most excited me about the project was the multidisciplinary character. I was trained as a Psychologist first (cognitive and theoretical psychology) but decided to switch to Educational Psychology for my masters. My PhD was focused on differences in participation and learning outcomes in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). After this I worked as a postdoc abroad on computer supported methods for science education & knowledge building. My first mission for Wired Up would be to generate a better insight into the ways that youngsters use their (online) social networks to develop their identities and how they negotiate their selves through interactions with others. Also, in the project we'd like to generate a better understanding of how youngsters transition between different 'social network sites' (online and offline sites) and their associated, different, ways of being. How do they get inculturated into the different local 'cultures' and practices? And how do these learning processes change their identities and their (possible) futures? The second mission (motivated by more personal interests) would be to deepen my understanding of what is needed to gain access to certain communities of practice and thus get involved in knowledge (co)creation. Since I think identity development plays a crucial part in gaining access to certain communities I would like to better understand how identity development takes place.

identity, social networks, online, practices, transitions

Lisa Schwartz (researcher)

The diversity in perspectives and histories of the Wired Up research group embodies the approach and aims of the project. My participation works to extend the research to the Arizona borderlands region of the United States, and provides me with many rich opportunities for growth as a scholar. Wired Up has created a wonderfully challenging and supportive network for engaging in multi-discursive work. Much like the contexts of new digital media, the collaboration provides a space for negotiating migrations across disciplinary and geographical borders. Usually a qualitative researcher actively engaging with educators, while working with Wired Up I am expanding my repertoire to quantitative analysis of activity. In co-authoring publications with "Wired Uppers" I aim to apply discourse analytic work to support cooperatively examining the trajectories of migrant youths' digitally mediated experiences across global, national and local contexts. I am also interested in exploring possibilities for working with Wired Up on an applied focus aligned with my dissertation research and commitment to collaborating with youth and educators to appropriate the literacy, identity and socialization practices performed by adolescents in digital contexts for academic learning.

diversity, collaboration, new digital media, learning, cultural historical approach, identity, social networks, literacy, im/migrant, borders

Koen Leurs, Ma (PhD candidate)

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.

Dutch-Moroccan migrant youth, intersectional approach to identity, representation, postcolonial/gender studies, medium specificity

Asli Ünlüsoy, MSc (PhD candidate)

Wired Up is an intuitive, multi-disciplinary and multi-method research project looking at contemporary issues such as new media, migration and youth cultures from different perspectives. Coming from a multi-disciplinary academic background -communication studies, educational sciences, and psychology- I consider myself very lucky to be part of this project that brings together all these disciplines and more. It is a challenging and engaging research experience. In my study I focus on emerging informal learning practices as they occur in digital social networks. I argue that these new media (i.e. social networking sites, weblogs, forums, instant messaging, multimedia sharing, etc.) immensely eased the processes of keeping in contact with and expanding one’s social ties, doing collaborative work and turning even the most inexperienced users into ‘produsers’ and I argue that a great deal of learning/socializing practices occur within and via these media. Specifically I am interested in Turkish migrant youth and in comparing these experiences with their peers from different ethnic backgrounds. In my analyses I will benefit from the multi-method set up of Wired Up by applying a large variety of methods from advanced statistics to ethnographic observations using survey, interview and ethnographic data, to uncover certain characteristics of networked learning. It is my belief that Wired Up project as a whole will certainly be a major source for issues under its scope, generate insightful answers as well as new, exciting questions.

Networked and informal learning practices, social networks, participatory culture, migrant (Dutch-Turkish) youth, cross-cultural comparisons