[Air-L] extended deadlines, "Work, place, mobility and embodiment" hybrid workshop, April 15-16, 2021

Leurs, K.H.A. (Koen) K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl
Mon Dec 14 02:16:35 PST 2020

Dear Charles Ess, Sisse Finken and Johanna Sefyrin,

The proposed workshop topic is urgent and important. For the purpose of exchange and dialogue, I'm writing to see whether in preparing for the workshop you've come across
scholarship on digital technology use among migrant subjects and communities across the world? In recent years, scholars across the globe have described and theorized how migrants have for years been sanctioned (or have elected) to maintain connection across distance, and to do digital intimacies across geographies. 

See for example the recent special issue 

International Journal of Cultural Studies - Migration, Digital Media and Emotion
How are relations of intimacy and care at a distance articulated and experienced through social media? What does it mean to imagine home as a digitally mediated experience? In what unexpected ways are platforms reshaping migrant subjectivities?

Key works in this field include 
Cabalquinto, E. C., & Wood-Bradley, G. (2020). Migrant platformed subjectivity: Rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(5), 787 - 802. doi:10.1177/1367877920918597

Witteborn, S. (2014). Forced migrants, emotive practice and digital heterotopia. Crossings, 5(1), 73-85. doi:10.1386/cjmc.5.1.73_1 

Diminescu, D. (2008). The connected migrant: an epistemological manifesto. 47, 565-579. doi:10.1177/0539018408096447

For an overview of literature, kindly refer to Earvin Cabalquinto's collaborative reading list on migration and digital media: https://www.ecabalquinto.com/reading-list.html

Warm wishes,

Koen Leurs

Assistant professor Gender & Postcolonial Studies | Graduate Gender Programme | Department of Media and Culture Studies | Utrecht University, the Netherlands | 

** From September ’20 – July ’21 I’m away from Utrecht University, I’m a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies <https://nias.knaw.nl/fellow/leurs-koen/> ****  
Teaching related questions / onderwijs vragen: Kindly contact Milica Trakilovic, who in the academic year ’20-21 coordinates the minor Gender studies <https://students.uu.nl/en/node/351/gender-studies>, minor Postcolonial studies <https://students.uu.nl/en/node/351/postcolonial-studies>, TCS hoofdrichting Gender and Postcolonial Studies <https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/kernpakket/genderstudies/> // Zij is ook docentlid opleidingscommissie TCS <https://students.uu.nl/gw/tcs/contact/opleidingscommissie>
Network: Chair Diaspora, Migration and the Media Section <https://www.facebook.com/groups/521804364497541/>, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) – join our Facebook group <https://www.facebook.com/groups/521804364497541/>
Recent publications:
-Sage Handbook of Media and Migration <https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-media-and-migration/book260835> (2020), edited with Kevin Smets, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn & Radhika Gajjala 
-Special issue Global Perspectives on ‘Media, Migration & Nationalism <https://online.ucpress.edu/gp/pages/mmn>‘ (2020), guest-edited with Tomohisa Hirata 
-Special issue European Journal of Cultural Studies on ‘Migrant narratives <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1367549419896367>’ (2020), guest edited with Irati Agirreazkuenaga, Kevin Smets & Melis Mevsimler 
-Transnational connectivity and the affective paradoxes of digital care labour: Exploring how young refugees technologically mediate co-presence <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0267323119886166> (2019), European Journal of Communication
-Practicing critical media literacy education with/for young migrants: Lessons learned from a participatory action research project <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1748048519883511> (2019), International Communication Gazette, with Hemmo Bruinenberg, Ena Omérovic & Sanne Sprenger 

On 14/12/2020, 11:05, "Air-L on behalf of Charles M. Ess" <air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of charles.ess at media.uio.no> wrote:

    Dear AoIR-ists,

    As with much else of our lives and work, the ongoing Covid pandemic has 
    also played a bit of havoc with our upcoming workshop - hence the 
    extended deadlines as noted below.
    With the usual regrets for duplications and cross-postings: please 
    forward to interested colleagues and relevant listservs:

    Extended deadlines – CFP: Work, place, mobility and embodiment: 
    «recovery» or repairment in a Covid and eventually post-Covid world?

    The next IFIP Working Group 9.8 workshop on Gender, Diversity and ICT 
    will take place will take place as a hybrid event in Linköping, Sweden, 
    April 15-16, 2021, and online. We focus on experiences and reflections 
    from feminist techno-science perspectives on themes of gender, 
    diversity, and inclusion vis-a-vis the societal-scale shifts to online 
    platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Meetings, etc.) and more digitalized ways of 
    living and working in general in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic jolted whole vocations and sectors of 
    society into remote/digital modes. While much of our lives in the 
    contemporary North, as thoroughly interwoven with digital and network 
    technologies, gives the impression of immateriality - the disease 
    brought into stark focus how much of everyday life depends on 
    materialities and the work of bodies. The embodied labor of not only 
    doctors and nurses, but also of drivers, teachers, social workers, 
    cleaners, cashiers, researchers and many others remains essential to 
    both fighting the pandemic and meeting the basic necessities of 
    sustaining life and societies. The pandemic makes visible the 
    intersecting positions and hierarchies of embodied work, as well as the 
    merits and limits of the digital.

    Against this background, our broad question is: how should we 
    conceptualize, design for, and speak about «recovery» from the pandemic? 
    Who should / will be included in a «recovery» of pre-pandemic practices 
    of travel and affiliated conceptions of place and mobility as privileges 
    tied to class, gender, ethnicity, etc? How are we to conceptualize and 
    thereby shape how we think and feel about possible futures and the role 
    of digital technologies therein? What happens, for example, if we shift 
    from the language of «recovery» to the language of «repairment» - that 
    which is needed is to repair unjust social, cultural, spiritual, 
    economic, and political structures and systems, and most especially the 
    climate and ecosystems of the planet we live on?
    Repairment can further implicate notions of entanglement and 
    co-generation. Taking up these and perhaps other theoretical, 
    conceptual, and/or linguistic resources - can we discern and better 
    design for our interrelationality, most especially as we are 
    inextricably interwoven with one another via computational and network 

    We invite papers (3000-5000 words) that address the themes and issues 
    described above or similar to these. (Papers may be crafted with a view 
    towards helping refine these during the workshop for possible submission 
    to and presentation in the 2022 IFIP conference in Tokyo). Papers must 
    be prepared for blinded submission as all papers will undergo a blind 
    review process. Papers should be formatted in a standard style and 
    referencing system as defined within a document template that will be 
    provided. We will explore possibilities of taking at least some of the 
    Workshop submissions into a journal special issue (the details of this 
    have yet to be developed.)

    January 22, 2021 – expressions of interest
    February 15, 2021 - submission of paper
    March 15, 2021 - notification of acceptance / rejection

    Those interested in submitting a paper to the workshop are requested to 
    send a brief description of your proposed topics by January 22, 2021, 
    to: Charles Ess - c.m.ess at media.uio.no - with "IFIP WG 9.8 workshop - 
    expression of interest" in the subject line.
    You are also welcome to contact the organizers with queries regarding 
    preliminary ideas concerning paper topics, approaches, etc.
    Chair: Sisse Finken, IT-University of Copenhagen: <sisf at itu.dk>
    Co-Chair: Johanna Sefyrin, Linköping University: <johanna.sefyrin at liu.se>

    Additional information and resources can be found: <http://ifiptc9.org/9-8/>

    Papers should be submitted to: Charles Ess - c.m.ess at media.uio.no with 
    "IFIP WG 9.8 workshop" in the subject line.

    On behalf of the conference organizers, many thanks and all best,
    - charles ess

    Secretary, IFIP WG 9.8
    < http://ifiptc9.org/9-8/>
    Professor Emeritus
    University of Oslo

    Fellow, Siebold-Collegiums Institute for Advanced Studies, 
    Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

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