Presentation at ECREA Conference with ERC ConnectingEurope Team (30-31 October, Brussels)

During the ECREA Conference ‘Digital Fortress Europe’ in Brussels, the ERC ConnectingEurope team presented the panel ‘European Mobilities, Diasporic Digitalities and the Ethnographic Turn’.

About the conference

The two-day conference ‘Digital Fortress Europe’ took place in Brussels in October 2019 and was organized by ECREA in collaboration with various partners. The conference intended to be a forum to reflect on the relation between media, migration, and technology. Keynote speakers included Prof. dr. Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam), prof. dr. Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and prof. dr. Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics and Science).

About the panel

The panel engaged with new definitions of digital diaspora, as strongly embedded in everyday practices, avoiding mediacentric reasoning in favour of more grounded and ethnographic approaches that allowed us to detect, articulate and bring out the particularities of diasporic digitality across a wide spectrum of practices and contexts.

Sandra Ponzanesi


  • Donya Alinejad on Techno-emotional Mediations of Migrant Intimacy
  • Laura Candidatu on The Formation of Higher Educated, Digitally Mediated Turkish Diaspora. The Interplay of Class, Motherhood, and Ethnicity. 
  • Melis Mevsimler on “Returning to the Culture” OR Looking FORWARD? Second-generation British-Somali Women in Londen
  • Claudio Minchilli on Understanding Digital Diaspora. Migrant Social Capital and Digital Practices of Romanian Women Living in Rome

For more information about the conference programme and abstracts, see here.