Publication Special Issue: Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: (Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging

Sandra Ponzanesi guest edited a special issue of Television and New Media, entitled ‘Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: (Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging’ (20(6): 547-648). The issue can be found here

This special issue charts new directions in digital media and migration studies from a gendered, postcolonial, and multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, the focus is on the ways in which the experience of displacement is resignified and transformed by new digital affordances from different vantage points, engaging with recent developments in datafication, visualization, biometric technologies, platformization, securitization, and extended reality (XR) as part of a drastically changed global mediascape. This issue explores the role of new media technologies in rethinking the dynamics of migration and globalization by focusing in particular on the role of migrant users as “connected” and active participants, as well as “screened” and subject to biometric datafication, visualization, and surveillance. 

With contributions from

Sandra Ponzanesi: Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: (Re)Mapping Connectivity and Belonging

Arjun Appadurai: Traumatic Exit, Identity Narratives, and the Ethics of Hospitality

Roopika Risam: Beyond the Migrant “Problem”: Visualizing Global Migration

Mirca Madianou: The Biometric Assemblage: Surveillance, Experimentation, Profit, and the Measuring of Refugee Bodies

Myria Georgiou: City of Refuge or Digital Order? Refugee Recognition and the Digital Governmentality of Migration in the City

Radha S. Hegde: Itinerant Data: Unveiling Gendered Scrutiny at the Border

Joost Raessens: Virtually Present, Physically Invisible: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Mixed Reality Installation Carne y Arena