CfP: Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday, 4-6 November 2020 (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday
4-6 November 2020
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Convenor: Sandra Ponzanesi
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Paul Gilroy (University College London)
Engin Isin (Queen Mary, University of London)
Nicholas de Genova (University of Houston)
Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University, Melbourne)
Saskia Witteborn (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Migrant belonging through digital connectivity refers to a way of being in the world that cuts across national borders, shaping new forms of diasporic affiliations and transnational intimacy. This happens in ways that are different from the ways enabled by the communication technologies of the past. Scholarly attention has intensified around the question of how various new technical affordances of platforms and apps are shaping the transnationally connected, and locally situated, social worlds in which migrants live their everyday lives.

This international conference focuses on the connection between the media and migration from different disciplinary vantage points. Connecting with friends, peers and family, sharing memories and personally identifying information, navigating spaces and reshaping the local and the global in the process is but one side of the coin of migrant-related technology use: this Janus-faced development also subjects individual as well as groups to increased datafied migration management, algorithmic control and biometric classification as well as forms of transnational authoritarianism and networked repression.


Submissions for panels should be submitted via e-mail to by 15 May 2020.

* Submission for panels should include a chairperson, a rationale for the panel (250 words), and the names of three speakers including their abstract (250 words) and biographical note (150 words).

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line submission system: by 15 June 2020.

* Submissions for papers should include an abstract (max 300 words) and short biographical note (150 words) about the author including her/his current position and interest in the field of digital media and migration.

For further questions please email:

Deadline for panel submissions: 15 May 2020.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 June 2020.