I am very delighted to present a workshop that I am convening under the Mobilities, Diversity and Multiculturalism Stream in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. The event will be held on 16 July at 1 - 6pm (online). Moreover, it will feature the excellent works of our esteemed international keynote speakers and presenters, particularly reflecting upon their conceptual and methodological interventions in navigating COVID-19 related immobilities while doing their own research on digital media and migration. Join us!
Cultures of (im)mobile entanglements: Doing research on digital media and migration in and beyond pandemic times
This one-day workshop invites scholars of digital media and migration to share and critically reflect upon their experiences of conducting research while navigating the various spatial and temporal constraints during and beyond pandemic times. As the global pandemic continues to affect countries across the world, researchers can be physically immobilised in certain time and location yet also being mobilised through virtual and digital connections. As such, such landscape warrants a critical inquiry. Importantly, the practices and environments of researchers that facilitate the deployment of research methods may reflect the politics of movements (Cresswell, 2010), potentially exposing individuals who struggle, suffer, and are excluded despite being afforded with virtual connectivity.
The proposition is guided by the following aims:
The workshop will take place in in collaboration between the Mobilities, Diversity Multiculturalism Stream, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and the Digital Migration Special Interest Group, part of the Governing the Digital Society research focus area at Utrecht University.
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The idea behind my conception of '(im)mobility' started when I published my work, Telecocooning in the age of (im)mobility. In this article, I reflected on my own experiences in navigating a 'forced immobility' such as a lockdown through virtual or digital connections. Indeed, personalised media technologies played a pivotal role in enacting self care and transnational familial and social support. However, despite the benefits provided by digital communication technologies in enabling 'virtual movements' (Urry, 2007), social and technological factors undermined digital media use, stirring ambivalent and feelings. Notably, my personal experiences resonated with the way I conducted my research on investigating ageing migrants' digital practices during the pandemic. More specifically, remote interviews stirred a further and nuanced understanding of an (im)mobile world. To know more about this work, join us in the workshop.