Last week,I presented as part of a panel on social media research in a migration context. It was a great experience to listen to the presentation of excellent scholars whose various research projects critically engage in the intersections of digital media and migration. The event was organised by by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration.
In the panel, I joined Koen Leurs, Priya Kumar, and Maria Gintova. I presented my work entitled, "(Im)mobile gaze: The governance and economies of intimate transnational ties in a digital era". The presentation was based on my attempt to critically examine the notions and intertwining of mobility and immobility in the context of transnational media and communication. I coin the term '(Im)mobile gaze' as an analytical frame to expose how an affective gaze of those in privileged position is embedded in various mechanisms and constructs a 'filial' subjectivity that contributes to paradoxical conditions for migrants and their left-behind family members in a globalising and networked economy. This conception builds on my collaborative article on migrant platformed subjectivity, which discusses how commercial companies and the government deploys emotive mechanisms to promote the use of digital connectivity services among migrants. In my presentation, I focussed on the case of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
I would like to take the opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to the organisers of the online seminar. Thank you to Stein Monteiro for the excellent coordination of the event.
Indeed, it was such an honor to present my work together with other scholars doing excellent research on migration and digital media. I also learned from the presentations. Further, I was moved by some of the questions from the attendees.
If you missed the webinar, you can access it below. Thank you to the organisers for recording the webinar.
Meanwhile, if you're interested to know more about my work, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.