Workshop: ‘Digitized global mobilities’ – the role of new media and digitization in the security approaches of the refugee crisis

On the 3d and 4th of June 2019, a combined UGlobe/RENFORCE event will take place at Utrecht University, on the topic of “‘Digitized global mobilities’ – the role of new media and digitization in the security approaches of the refugee crisis”.

Digitization and the use of social media has dramatically changed most aspects of our everyday practices, perceptions and cause severe changes in Human Mobility (Innes, 2016, Gray, 2018). While the importance and effects of technological innovations in social science research has been increasingly recognized, the role of new technologies and how these shapes the security of people on the move is still limited in scope. This international event of UGlobe seeks to address questions on the digital features of forced mobility, how technology shapes the approaches of migrant’ security, particularly the unintended effects of digitization and social media use. This event aims to bring together multiple stakeholders: NGO representatives, social workers, media representatives
(e.g. Dutch Refugee Council, Dutch Association for Migration Research, European institutions, IOM, UNHCR) and academics.

The workshop organizers encourage paper proposals from various disciplines including, but not limited to, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography, criminology, law, communication studies and the digital humanities by early and mid-career scholars.

For all further information about the workshop and the accompanying paper submissions, please see the full program here.

 
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