On this page, you will find an overview of the publications resulting from the project ‘Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging’.

Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi

Connecting Europe: Postcolonial Mediations. Delivered on 15-04-2016.

Click here to watch the Inaugural lecture. Click here to read the lecture.





Journal special issues


  • 2019   Sandra Ponzanesi (guest editor), special issue ‘Migration in a Digital Age: (Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging,’ Television and New Media, forthcoming 2019.


2018  Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi (Guest Editors). ‘Connected Migrants: Encapsulation & Cosmopolitanization.’ Popular Communication. The International Journal of Media and Culture, 16(1).

Available in open access format here




2014  Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi (Guest Editors). Special issue on “Digital Crossings in Europe.” Crossings, Journal of Migration and Culture, 5(1), pp. 1-181. Published by Intellect. Peer-Reviewed.






Peer-reviewed articles

  • 2018    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018). Digital Strangers at Our Door: Moral Panic and the Refugee Crisis (Version published). Europenow, (19).
  • 2018    Alinejad, Donya, Candidatu, Laura, Mevsimler, Melis, Ponzanesi, Sandra, & Vliest, Ferdinando van der. (2018). Diaspora and mapping methodologies: tracing transnational digital connections with ‘mattering maps’ (Version published).
  • 2017    Minchilli, Claudia. (2017). Considerations on the Digital Subaltern: A Research on Migrant Women’s Transnational Online Practices (Version Before typesetting). Cinéma&cie: International Film Studies Journal, 28(Spring), 112–114.

Chapters in books

  • 2019    Laura Candidatu, Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi, ‘Digital Diasporas: Beyond the Buzzword. Towards a Relational Understanding of Mobility and Connectivity.’ Roza Tsagarousianou and Jessica Retis (eds.), The Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture. Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming.
  • 2018    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018). Cosmopolitan Europe: Postcolonial Interventions and Global Transitions (Version Published). In Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies (pp. 564–574). Routledge.


  • 2018    Mevsimler, Melis, & Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018). Mediating migration (Version published). Feminist Media Studies, 17(4), 695–697.
  • 2018    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018, September 5). Cosmopolitanism(s) Interrupted (Version Published). Zenodo.
  • 2017    Alinejad, Donya. (2017). The Quest for Representation (Version Published). Spheres: Journal for Digital Cultures, (Media and Migration 4).
  • 2016   Alinejad, Donya. (2016) Digital ethnography: Principles and practice. Digital ethnography: Principles and practices, Sage Publications Limited, Los Angeles, United States.

Other relevant publications


Sandra Ponzanesi and Adriano José Habed (eds.), Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics. London, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Postcolonial intellectuals have engaged with and deeply impacted upon European society since the figure of the intellectual emerged at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Yet a critical assessment and overview of their influential roles is long overdue, particularly in the light of contemporary debates in Europe and beyond.

This book offers an innovative take on the role of intellectuals in Europe through a postcolonial lens and, in doing so, questions the very definition of “public intellectual,” on the one hand, and the meaning of such a thing as “Europe,” on the other. It does so not only by offering portraits of charismatic figures such as Stuart Hall, Jacques Derrida, Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, and Hannah Arendt, among others, but also by exploring their lasting legacies and the many dialogues they have generated. The notion of the ‘classic’ intellectual is further challenged by bringing to the fore artists, writers, and activists, as well as social movements, networks, and new forms of mobilization and collective engagement that are part of the intellectual scene. Buy your copy here.

Alinejad, Donya. (2017). In The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness Next Generation Diaspora (pp. 1–30). Houndsmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

This book explores how the children of Iranian immigrants in the US utilize the internet and develop digital identities. Taking Los Angeles—the long-time media and cultural center of Iranian diaspora—as its ethnographic field site, it investigates how various web platforms are embedded within the everyday social, cultural, and political lives of second generation Iranian Americans. Donya Alinejad unpacks contemporary diasporic belonging through her discussion of the digital mediation of race, memory, and long-distance engagement in the historic Iranian Green Movement. The book argues that web media practices have become integral to Iranian American identity formation for this generation, and introduces the notion of second-generation “digital styles” to explain how specific web applications afford new stylings of diaspora culture.You can buy your copy here.


Sandra Ponzanesi and Gianmaria Colpani (eds.), Postcolonial Transitions in Europe. Contexts, Practices and Politics. London, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

Is the notion of postcolonial Europe an oxymoron? How do colonial pasts inform the emergence of new subjectivities and political frontiers in contemporary Europe? Postcolonial Transitions in Europe explores these questions from different theoretical, geopolitical and media perspectives.

Drawing from the interdisciplinary tools of postcolonial critique, this book contests the idea that Europe developed within clear-cut geographical boundaries. It examines how experiences of colonialism and imperialism continue to be constitutive of the European space and of the very idea of Europe. By approaching Europe as a complex political space, the chapters investigate topical concerns around its politics of inclusion and exclusion towards migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as its take on internal conflicts, transitions and cosmopolitan imaginaries. Buy your copy here.


Special issues

2018    Leurs, Koen, & Smets, Kevin. (2018). Forced Migration and Digital Connectivity in(to) Europe. Social Media + Society. Available in open access format here.






2016 Sandra Ponzanesi and Verena Berger (2016), ‘Genres And Tropes in Postcolonial Cinemas in Europe´, Transnational Cinemas, 7 (2). Introducation article available in open access format.






2016    Sandra Ponzanesi (Guest Editor), Special Issue ‘The Point of Europe’. Interventions. International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Published by Routledge. 18(2), pp. 159-318. Published by Taylor and Francis. Peer-reviewed.

Available in open access format.




Peer-reviewed Articles

  • 2016    Edges of Empire. Italy’s Postcolonial Entanglement and the Gender Legacy      Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2016). Edges of Empire. Italy’s Postcolonial Entanglement and the Gender Legacy (Version published). Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, 16(4), 373–386.
  • 2016    Alinejad, Donya. (2016). Open access publication of “Europe Says OXI: ‘online camaraderie’ and European Crisis” (Version Published). Networking Knowledge: Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders, 9(4).
  • 2016    Ponzanesi, Sandra, & Berger, Verena. (2016). Introduction: Genres and Tropes in Postcolonial Cinema(s) in Europe (Version published). Transnational Cinemas, 7(2), 111–117.
  • 2016    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2016). Of Shipwrecks and Weddings: Borders and Mobilities in Europe (Version published). Transnational Cinemas, 7(2), 151–167.
  • 2016    Ponzanesi, Sandra, & Polizzi, Goffredo. (2016). Does Italy need Postcolonial Theory? Intersections in Italian Postcolonial Studies (Version published). English Literature, 3(1), 145–161.
  • 2015    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2015). The Point of Europe: Postcolonial Entanglements (Version published). Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 18(2), 159–164.
  • 2015    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2015). On the Waterfront: Truth and Fiction in Postcolonial Cinema from the South of Europe’ (Version published). Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 18(2), 217–233.

Chapters in books

  • 2018    Ponzanesi, Sandra, & Habed, Adriano José. (2018). Introduction: Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics (Version Before typesetting). In Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics. Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • 2018    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018). Neocolonialism (Version Before typesetting). In Posthuman Glossary (pp. 279–281). England: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • 2017    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2017). Postcolonial and Transnational Approaches to Film and Feminism (Version Before typesetting). In The Routledge Companion to Cinema & Gender (pp. 25–35). Routledge.
  • 2017    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2017). Connecting Shores: Libya’s Colonial Ghost and Europe’s Migrant Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Cinematic Representations (Version published). In Border Lampedusa: Subjectivity, Visibility and Memory in Stories of Sea and Land (pp. 119–135). Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2017    Ponzanesi. (2017). The Arena of the Colony: Phoolan Devi and Postcolonial Critique (Version Before typesetting). In Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies (pp. 94–105). London: Routledge.
  • 2016    Ponzanesi, Sandra, & Colpani, Gianmaria. (2016). Introduction. Europe in Transition (Version Before typesetting). In Postcolonial Transitions in Europe Contexts, Practices and Politics (pp. 1–22). Rowman & Littlefield international.
  • 2016    Alinejad, D., Ghorashi, H. (2016). From bridging to building: Discourses of organizing Iranian Americans across generations. In R. Mohabbat-Kar (Ed.), Identity and exile: The Iranian diaspora between solidarity and difference (pp. 62–76). Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
  • 2016    Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2016). Frontiers of the Political: ‘Closed Sea’ and the Cinema of Discontent’ (Version Before typesetting). In Citizen Media and Public Spaces Diverse Expressions of Citizenship and Dissent (pp. 42–57). New York and London: Routledge.


  • 2018 Ponzanesi, Sandra. (2018, February 22). Postcolonial Theory in Film (Version Before typesetting).