Intersectional Conflict and Dialogue in Transnational Migrant and Digital Diaspora Networks – Call for Papers

11-12 April 2013

Department of Social Sciences, Wilberforce Bldg., University of Hull.

Keynote Speakers:

Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy

Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen, Germany

Mirca Madianou, University of Leicester, UK

Jo van der Spek, Director of Migrant to Migrant Radio, Holland

New structures of being and experience in hybrid media environments and social networks point to the continuities and discontinuities of modes of conflict and dialogue, but also offer new dialectical necessities to be explored. Migrants, far more than other groups in society, with their experiences rich in borderlessness, struggle, resistance and empowerment, raise a double challenge when we attempt to research politics of digital presence.

We invite colleagues to raise to this challenge and to discuss migrant ideology, organization, affect, agency and discourses; to comment on digital objects and media produced by pro-migrant and anti-migrant groups and diaspora communities; and to discuss the impact of race, gender, ethnicity and class on everyday discourses in networked digital and hybrid environments.

With an eye to European migration policy and the possibility for a digital public sphere with a European flavor, we particularly welcome – but will not restrict to – the presentation of recent research on conflict and migration in Europe, as well as research focusing on the possibilities of dialogue and democratic praxis in the European digital public sphere beyond the representational.

This conference is part of Hull’s dissemination activities for the European FP7 project MIG@NET ‘Transnational Digital Networks: Migration and Gender’ and it is in joint collaboration with Geert Lovink and the Institute of Network Cultures.

The deadline for abstracts is 1st of December 2012. 

Please submit your abstract and affiliation to Athina Karatzogianni at or

There is no conference registration charge or any other fees.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the conference panel with the aid of external evaluators, and shall be accepted solely on the basis of merit and relevance.

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Special Panels Organization:

Dennis Nguyen, PhD Candidate, University of Hull.

Elisa Serafinelli, PhD Candidate, University of Hull.