Special Issue ‘Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday’ out now!

The Special Issue on ‘Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday’ for the Communication, Culture & Critique is now out.

Title: Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday
Guest editors: Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs
Special Issue: Communication, Culture & Critique, 15(2), 2022: 103-298.
Available: here.

This special issue explores the role that digital technology plays in the lives of migrants. It does so by paying close attention to governmental and supranational organizations as well as to subjective and affective dimensions of the everyday. Digital migration practices emerge as complex negotiations in the digital media sphere between infrastructural bias and agential opportunities, contesting racial practices as well as enabling digitally mediated bonds of solidarity and intimacy. The issue offers nuanced critical perspectives ranging from surveillance capitalism, extractive humanitarianism, datafication, and border regimes to choreographies of care and intimacy in transnational settings, among other aspects. Renowned international scholars reflect on these issues from different vantage points. The closing forum section provides state-of-the-art commentaries on digital diaspora, affect and belonging, voice and visibility in the digital media sphere, queer migrant interventions in non-academic settings, and datafication and media infrastructures in “deep time.”

The special issue draws from the conference “Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday” which took place online on April 21–23, 2021. The conference was part of the ERC project CONNECTINGEUROPE (Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging), led by Sandra Ponzanesi and jointly organized in collaboration with the DMM section (Diaspora, Migration and the Media) of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education) chaired by Koen Leurs. In this event, over 200 speakers presented contributions covering a wide diversity of topics ranging from digital connectivity, to creative practices, digital diaspora and place-making, affect and belonging, visuality and social media, datafication, securitization and infrastructuring, among others.


The special issue includes contributions by:

Sandra Ponzanesi & Koen Leurs (UU), Paul Gilroy, Nicholas de Genova, Saskia Witteborn, Roopika Risam, Martina Tazzioli, Christine Quinan & Mina Hunt, Larissa Hjorth, Earvin Cabalquinto, Laura Candidatu & Sandra Ponzanesi (UU), Myria Georgiou, Łukasz Szulc, Raelene Wilding & Monica Winarnita, Koen Leurs (UU) and Philipp Seuferling


For more information, see here.