International Workshop

Forced Migration and ICT: Key Concepts for Future Research


Organized by Research Centre on Migration and Mobility (CUHK) and
Co-sponsored by School of Journalism and Communication (CUHK)
Date:  April 6 & 7, 2017
Time:  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Room 422, 4/F, Sino Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

This workshop, organized by Saskia Witteborn, Associate Director of the Research Centre on Migration and Mobility and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, gathers prominent scholars in the field of forced migration and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The goal of the workshop is to discuss key concepts driving research with refugees, technology, and digital practice in various parts of the world. Each speaker will propose one key concept, which encapsulates theoretical and methodological moves (ranging from traceability, digital cosmopolitanism and resettlement, to communication rights, agency, participatory research, the arts, digital privacy and security). In addition to the conceptual and methodological discussions, empirical evidence and practical interventions, the participants will look at the intersections between migration and forced migration, including the question of how to define forced migration, and highlight research on displacement and technology from a global perspective.

PROGRAM

Thursday, April 6

9.30-10.30       

Welcome by Eric Fong (Director, Research Centre on Migration and Mobility), Anthony Fung (Director, School of Journalism & Communication), and Saskia Witteborn (Associate Director, Research Centre on Migration and Mobility & Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, CUHK)

Introduction of Participants

10.30-12.30

Conceptual Moves

Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University): Digital Cosmopolitanism

Raelene Wilding (La Trobe University): Digital Resettlement

Gordon Mathews (CUHK): Economic Asylum Seekers and Social Media in Hong Kong

13.00-14.15     

Lunch (presenters only)

14.30-16.30     

Methodological Moves

Dana Diminescu (Télécom ParisTech): Migration Traceability

Carleen Maitland (Pennsylvania State University): Connectivity

Vivian Wenli Lin (City University of Hong Kong): Using Participatory Arts-based Methods

Friday, April 7

9.30-10.30       

Conceptual Moves Cont.

Arul Chib (Nanyang Technological University): Seeking Agency

Hannah Thinyane (UNU-CS): Using CCAT to Understand Migrant Use of Technology

10.30-10.45     

Coffee Break

10.45-11.45     

Conceptual Moves Cont.

Koen Leurs (Utrecht University): Communication Rights from the Margins

Sealing Cheng (CUHK): The Art of Possibility

12.15-13.30     

Lunch (presenters only)

14.00-15.30     

Network Discussion (led by Saskia Witteborn)

Presenters: 

Dana Diminescu
Associate Professor
Sociology, Engineering School
Scientific Director of DiasporasLab
Télécom ParisTech
Université Paris-Saclay
France

Sandra Ponzanesi
Professor
Gender and Postcolonial Studies
Department of Media and Culture Studies
Utrecht University
The Netherlands

Arul Chib
Associate Professor
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

Carleen Maitland
Associate Professor
Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University
USA

Koen Leurs
Assistant Professor
Gender and Postcolonial Studies
Department of Media and Culture Studies
Utrecht University
The Netherlands

Raelene Wilding
Associate Professor
Sociology
Deputy Director, Research Focus Area:
Transforming Human Societies
La Trobe University, Australia

Hannah Thinyane
Ph.D., Principal Research Fellow
United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS)
Macau

Vivian Wenli Lin
Ph.D., School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong
Co-Director, Voices of Women Media
Hong Kong

Gordon Mathews
Professor
Department of Anthropology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sealing Cheng
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong