[Air-L] CfP: 4S 2021 Open Panel: Digital Data Collection and Migration Studies: Fostering Good Relations Across Time and Place

Cansu E. Dedeoglu cansu.e.dedeoglu at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 17:10:45 PST 2021

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to our open panel at 4S 2021.

Open Panel #59: Digital Data Collection and Migration Studies: Fostering
Good Relations Across Time and Place

Disparities and oppression are evident in migrants’ everyday lives,
exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of international
migrants in 2019 approached 272 million, with 80 million forcibly displaced
worldwide. As people move, or are restricted from movement, reliance on
digital tools has grown to support social, academic, economic, and health
dimensions of life. Remote data collection measures to conduct research
with migrants and about migration is necessary to identify problems,
support communities, and understand the complex social, technological, and
political-economy of the changing world. This panel will focus on the
critical questions that surface when conducting remote and/or digital
research with migratory communities, broadly defined.

We aim to generate discussion about how or where the use of digital
technology to collect research data might reproduce or interrupt colonial
relations and dynamics of power. These can occur between researchers and
participants, between differently situated participant groups, across
research teams, or, throughout larger institutional systems of research and
practice. How can we identify and better understand techno-colonial power
and resistance in the adoption of digital data collection in migration
research? How can digital research methods be used to foster participatory
and/or anti-oppressive practices across time and place, related to race,
class, gender, sexuality, age, and/or ability? How can an ‘ethics of care’
be applied to digital research? This open panel will bring together
scholarship adopting digital data collection techniques, considering how to
foster good relations across the axes of technology, research, power,
privilege, and oppression in migration studies.

Organizers: Negin Dahya (University of Toronto), Cansu E. Dedeoglu
(University of Toronto)

Contact: negin.dahya at utoronto.ca

Deadline: March 8, 2021

Panel link:

More information about how to submit (open panel #59):


Negin Dahya and Cansu E. Dedeoglu

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