[Air-L] Refugee & Forced Migration HCI Research: Help Request

Leurs, K.H.A. (Koen) K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl
Tue Jan 23 05:32:44 PST 2018

Dear Amirah,

There are a couple of publications from the field of media/internet/cultural studies which might be of interest to you – hope this helps, and can you kindly share the list you are creating?

Best wishes,


I) In February, a special issue will come out in Social Media + Society on the topic of Forced migration and digital connectivity in(to) Europe, edited by Kevin Smets and myself. This will consist of articles authored from various fields including HCI. 

Five questions for digital migration studies: learning from digital connectivity and forced migration in(to) Europe	
Koen Leurs, Utrecht University  

The mediation of hope. Digital Technologies and Affective Affordances within Iraqi Refugee Households in Jordan	
Mirjam Twigt, University of Leicester

Anti-refugee mobilization in social media: The case of Soldiers of Odin 	
Mattias Ekman,  Örebro University 

The Ambivalent Potentials of Social Media Use by Unaccompanied Minor Refugees 	
Nadia Kutscher, Universität Vechta

Syrian Refugees and the Digital Passage to Europe:  Smartphone Infrastructures and Affordances	
Marie Gillespie, Open University

Smart Refugees How Syrian Asylum Migrants use Social Media Information in Migration Decision-making 	
Rianne Dekker, Utrecht University

The best, the worst and hardest to find: how people, mobiles, and social media connect migrants in(to) europe 	
Maren Borkert, Technical University Berlin

On Digital Passages and Borders –Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control 	
Mark Latonero (Data & Society Research Institute / New York University / USC Annenberg)

Refugees and network publics on Twitter	
Eugenia Siapera, Dublin City University 

Connected routes: Migration studies with digital devices and platforms 	
Natalia Sánchez-Querubín,  University of Amsterdam

Rerouting the Narrative:  Mapping the Online Identity Politics of the Tamil and Palestinian Diaspora	
Priya Kumar, Ryerson University

II) Popular Communication 16(1) special issue on Connected migrants, edited by Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi
Introduction to the issue:
This special issue features digital migration research as first presented during the Connected Migrants Academy Colloquium and Masterclasses that took place December 14–16, 2016, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Taking a cue from Dana Diminescu’s seminal manifesto on “the connected migrant,” this special issue introduces the notions of encapsulation and cosmopolitanism to understand digital migration studies. The pieces here present a nonbinary, integrated notion of an increasingly digitally mediated cosmopolitanism that accommodates differences within but also recognizes Europe’s colonial legacy and the fraught postcolonial present. Of special interest is an essay by the late Zygmunt Bauman, who argues that the messy boundaries of Europe require a renewed vision of cosmopolitan Europe, based on dialogue and aspirations, rather than on Eurocentrism and universal values. In the introductory article, we focus on three overarching discussions informing this special issue: (a) an appreciation of the so-called “refugee crisis” and the articulation of conflicting Europeanisms, (b) an understanding of the relationships between the concepts of cosmopolitanization and encapsulation, and (c) a recognition of the emergence of the interdisciplinary field of digital migration studies.
Table of contents:
Zygmunt Bauman: Between separation and integration: Strategies of cohabitation in the era of diasporization and Internet (open access)

Koen Leurs & Sandra Ponzanesi: Connected migrants: Encapsulation and cosmopolitanization (open access)
Saskia Witteborn: The digital force in forced migration: Imagined affordances and gendered practices
Alexander Dhoest: Complicating cosmopolitanism: Ethno-cultural and sexual connections among gay migrants
Myria Georgiou: Does the subaltern speak? Migrant voices in digital Europe
Roopika Risam: Now you see them: Self-representation and the refugee selfie
Sanjay Sharma & Jasbinder Nijjar: The racialized surveillant assemblage: Islam and the fear of terrorism
You can find the issue online here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hppc20/16/1?nav=tocList.

These are additional references which could be of interest:

Alencar, A. (2017). Refugee integration and social media: A local and experiential perspective. Information, Communication & Society, 1–16. Advance online publication 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1340500.

Andrade, A. D., & Doolin, B. (2016). Information and communication technology and the social inclusion of refugees. MIS Quarterly, 40(2), 405–416

Baldassar, L., Nedelcu, M., Merla, L., & Wilding, R. (2016). ICT-based co-presence in transnational families and communities: Challenging the premise of face-to-face proximity in sustaining relationships. Global Networks, 16(2), 133–144

Bernal, V. (2014). Nation as network. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

Brinkerhoff, J. (2009). Digital diasporas: Identity and transnational engagement. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Chen, W. (2010). Internet-usage patterns of immigrants in the process of intercultural adaptation. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13, 387–399

Codagnone, C., & Kluzer, S. (2011). ICT for the social and economic tntegration of migrants into Europe. European Commission. Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. Retrieved from http://ftp.jrc.es/EURdoc/JRC63183.pdf

Conversi, D. (2012). Irresponsible radicalization: Diasporas, globalization and long-distance nationalism in the digital age. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38(9), 1357–1379.

Damian, E., & Van Ingen, E. (2014). Social network site usage and personal relations of migrants. Societies, 4(4), 640–653

H. Dijstelbloem & A. Meijer (Eds.), Migration and the new technological borders of Europe (pp. 1–21). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Diminescu, D. (2008). The connected migrant: An epistemological manifesto. Social Science Information, 47(4), 565–579.

Diminescu, D. (2012). Introduction: Digital methods for the exploration, analysis and mapping of e-diasporas. Social Science Information, 51(4), 451–458

Gajjala, R. (2008). South Asian technospaces and ‘Indian’ digital diasporas. In R. Gajjala & V. Gajjala (Eds.), South Asian technospaces (pp. 37–48). New York, NY: Peter Lang

Gifford, S. M., & Wilding, R. (2013). Digital escapes? ICTs, settlement and belonging among Karen youth in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies, 26(4), 558–575

Hegde, R. S. (2016). Mediating migration. Cambridge, UK: Polity

Leurs, K. (2017). Communication rights from the margins. Politicizing young refugees’ smart phone pocket archives. The International Communication Gazette, 79(6–7), 674–698.

Literat, I. (2017). Refugee selfies and the (self-)representation of disenfranchised social groups. Media Fields Journal, 12. Retrieved from http://mediafieldsjournal.squarespace.com/storage/issue-12-migrations/pdfs/Literat.pdf

Maitland, C., & Xu, Y. (2015). A social informatics analysis of refugee mobile phone use: A case study of Za’atari Syrian refugee camp. TPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2588300 

Miller, D., & Slater, D. (2000). The internet. An ethnographic approach. Oxford, UK: Berg

Moss, D. M. (2016). The ties that bind: Internet communication technologies, networked authoritarianism, and voice in the Syrian diaspora. Globalizations, 1–18.Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1080/14747731.2016.126307

Ponzanesi, S., & Leurs, K. (2014). On digital crossings in Europe. Crossings, Journal of Migration and Culture, 5(1), 3–22

Trimikliniotis, N., Parsanoglou, D., & Tsianos, V. (2015). Mobile commons, migrant digitalities and the right to the city. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan

Wall, M., Campbell, M. O., & Janbek, D. (2017). Syrian refugees and information precarity. New Media & Society, 19(2), 240–254

Witteborn, S. (2015). Becoming (im)perceptible. Forced migrants and virtual practice. Journal of Refugee Studies, 28(3), 350–367

Met vriendelijke groet,


On 23/01/18 01:24, "Air-L on behalf of Carleen Maitland" <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of cmaitland at ist.psu.edu> wrote:

    Hi Amirah,
    I have an edited volume coming out in April: Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons (MIT Press). It is not exclusively HCI but will provide important contextual information that would likely be of interest to HCI researchers. 
    There have also been several papers at the ACM ICTD conferences in the past few years.
    Best of luck and I look forward to your list!
    Carleen Maitland
    Associate Professor | College of Information Sciences and Technology
    Co-Director | Institute for Information Policy
    Penn State University
    From: Air-L <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org> on behalf of Amirah Majid <amirah at uw.edu>
    Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 3:43 PM
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    Subject: [Air-L] Refugee & Forced Migration HCI Research: Help Request
    Dear AOIR Community,
    We are a group of interdisciplinary HCI researchers focusing on the
    technology related issues of people experiencing forced migration, such as
    refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced, and the undocumented.
    This year at the ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
    (GROUP) we came together in a workshop called, ‘Refugees & Technology:
    Determining the Role of HCI Research’, links below. As a result of this
    workshop we would like to build a curated list of scholarly resources that
    support generative and ethical research in the area of Forced Migration -
    HCI studies. We intend to make this list publicly available in order to
    support this growing research area.
    We are asking for your help! If you know of HCI-related refugee or forced
    migration work, or other resources that you think could inform and support
    this work, could you send us the citation or link? Resources we are looking
    for include scholarly texts, projects, conferences, or anything else you
    think could help. Bookmark the workshop website for updates to this
    community resource!
    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Amirah Majid on behalf of the workshop participants.
    Please send replies to: amirah at uw.edu.
    ACM GROUP Conference, https://group.acm.org/conferences/group18/
    Refugees & Technology: Determining the Role of HCI Research Workshop,
    *A. M. Majidأميرة ماجد‬‎*
    she/her pronouns
    PhD candidate: multi-cultural computing & refugee informatics
    Information School, University of Washington Seattle USA
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