Monday, June 6, 2022



Special Issue: 


Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday

Guest editors: Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs
Communication, Culture & Critique, 15(2), 2022: 103-298.


This special issue explores the role that digital technology plays in the lives of migrants. It does so by paying close attention to governmental and supranational organizations as well as to subjective and affective dimensions of the everyday. Digital migration practices emerge as complex negotiations in the digital media sphere between infrastructural bias and agential opportunities, contesting racial practices as well as enabling digitally mediated bonds of solidarity and intimacy. The issue offers nuanced critical perspectives ranging from surveillance capitalism, extractive humanitarianism, datafication, and border regimes to choreographies of care and intimacy in transnational settings, among other aspects. Renowned international scholars reflect on these issues from different vantage points. The closing forum section provides state-of-the-art commentaries on digital diaspora, affect and belonging, voice and visibility in the digital media sphere, queer migrant interventions in non-academic settings, and datafication and media infrastructures in “deep time.”


Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs

Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday (open access)


Paul Giroy - University College London, UK (open access) View article

Working with “Wogs”: Aliens, Denizens and the Machinations of Denialism


Nicholas De Genova - University of Houston, USA View article

Viral borders:  Migration, Deceleration, and the Re-Bordering of Mobility During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Saskia Witteborn - The Chinese University of Hong Kong View article

Digitalization, Digitization and Datafication: The "Three D" Transformation of Forced Migration Management.


Martina Tazzioli - Goldsmiths University of London, UK View article

Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labour in Refugees Governmentality


Roopika Risam - Salem State University, USA View article

Border of Affect: Mobilizing Border Imagery as Civic Engagement


Christine Quinan– Melbourne University, Australia, and Mina Hunt, - Utrecht University, The Netherlands View article

Biometric Bordering and Automatic Gender Recognition: Challenging Binary Gender Norms in Everyday Biometric Technologies


Larissa Hjorth - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia View article

Careful Digital Kinship: Understanding Multispecies Digital Kinship, Choreographies of Care and Older Adults During the Pandemic in Australia


Earvin Cabalquinto - Deakin University, Australia View article

“Come On, Put Viber, We Can Drink Coffee Together”: The Ageing Migrant’s (Im)mobile Intimacy in Turbulent Times"


Forum Section:


Laura Candidatu and Sandra Ponzanesi - Utrecht University, NL View article

Digital Diaspora: Staying with the Trouble


Myria Georgiou - London School of Economics, UK View article

Digital (In-)visibilities: Spatializing and Visualizing Politics of Voice


Lukasz Szulc - University of Sheffield, UK View article

A Lot of Straddling and Squirming. Taking Queer Migrant Stories Beyond the Academic Walls


Realene Wilding and Monika Winarnita - La Trobe University, Australia View article

Affect, Creativity and Migrant Belonging


Koen Leurs and Philip Seuferling - Utrecht University and Sodertorn University View article

Migration and the ‘deep time’ of media infrastructures