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Universiteit Utrecht

Janskerkhof 3

Cervantes Institute

3512 JE Utrecht


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Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Myria Georgiou, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dr. Annalisa Pelizza, University of Twente
  • Prof. Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi, Utrecht Univeristy
  • Prof. Dr. Katerina Linos, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Dr. James Tangen, De Montfort University

Digitization and the use of social media has dramatically changed most aspects of our everyday practices, perceptions and cause severe changes in Human Mobility (Innes, 2016, Gray, 2018). While the importance and effects of technological innovations in social science research has been increasingly recognized, the role of new technologies and how these shapes the security of people on the move is still limited in scope.

This international event of UGlobe seeks to address questions on the digital features of forced mobility, how technology shapes the approaches of migrant’ security, particularly the unintended effects of digitization and social media use. This event aims to bring together multiple stakeholders: NGO representatives, social workers, media representatives and academics.

The first day of our event is a Seminar with invited speakers from different disciplines. The second day is organised in Workshops to facilitate interactive knowledge exchange in forms of WORLD CAFÉ discussions and inclusion of visual material. For the Workshop sessions we selected papers, films and art works that rethink issues of the ‘digital’ in the study of human mobility and security in the following questions:

- How does `the digital´ change the way we approach security issues in the migration domain, and do we need to adjust our research objectives accordingly?

- How current changes in nationalist movements, securitization processes and surveillance mechanisms are shifting human mobility approaches in different social contexts?

- What are the ethical concerns and limitations in using new media, particularly when studying mobility?

- How do we critically assess digital justice, traceability and accountability?

We invite participants from various disciplines including, but not limited to, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography, criminology, law, communication studies and the digital humanities by early and mid-career scholars. As we aim to create a platform for in-depth discussionin the following topics:

Session 1 Perceived Security and Asylum processes
Session 2 Media, Gender and Ethnicity
Session 3 Fear of Expulsion and Relocation
Session 4 Digilantism, Digital solidarity and Social Justice
Session 5 Migration Security and Technology

Accepted abstracts should be turned into preliminary papers (3000 words) and sent by Sunday, 05th of May, 2019.
For any further inquiry please contact Dr Veronika Nagy:



The conference starts at Cervantes Institute located in the centre of Utrecht - Domplein 3, 3512 JC Utrecht.

The registration and the Closing Session will take place here too.

Parallel sessions take place at different classrooms at Utrecht University, in the building located at Janskerkhof 2-3, 3512 BK Utrecht.

Registrations continue during the conference at Information desk in the hall of Janskerkhof 2-3, 3512 BK Utrecht.

WIFI:Please choose UU Visitor and follow the instructions.

Route descriptions

From Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) to Utrecht Centraal

± 30 minutes by train

Schiphol train station is situated below the airport. You can pick up a free baggage trolley from the platform. There is a direct train connection to Utrecht that runs about four times per hour. When arriving at Schiphol, follow the train signs to get to the station.

Tickets can be purchased from the yellow ticket machines at the Schiphol train station. Tickets are also available from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the ticket offices will also be able to provide you with train departure information. Costs to Utrecht are around €8,50 (one way ticket without discount). Please note that you cannot buy tickets in the train.

Incidentally, did you know that you can also purchase your train ticket well in advance? You can either buy one from a ticket machine or ask for a ticket at one of the NS-service desks. It is possible to do so for both the outward and return journey.

For all means of public transport you’ll need an OV-chipcard in the Netherlands. Click here for some extra information:

Travel advice:

The journey planner on the NS website ( will provide you with the latest travel information, including details of temporary timetable changes (use the terms ‘Schiphol Airport’ and ‘Utrecht Centraal’).

By public transport, you can take several busses. Take the exit ‘CS Centrumzijde’ at Utrecht Centraal. From there you can take city busses 28 and 8 to Jankskerkhof. Also busses 52, 74, 77 and 251 go to Janskerkhof.

It is also possible to rent a bike (OV-fiets). There are four rental locations around the station in Utrecht. For more information you can take a look at
You can find a map with rental locations in Utrecht on

Accommodation in Utrecht

There are many hotels in the centre of Utrecht. Please search via Trivago or Expedia for good deals.

Hotel Mitland

Hotel Apollo

NH Hotel centre

Stayokay hostel

Hostel Strowis

Eye Hotel

Mother Goose Hotel

Hotel NH Centre Utrecht

Via there are also plenty of apartments available in (the inner city of) Utrecht.

For those with a small budget we suggest a hostel in the woods on the outskirts of town. (A village nearby Utrecht. From the station, you can get there by bus in 20 mins at the most. Bus stops near the hostel. The spot is heavenly. There a normally priced rooms, but also dorms for very little money, compared to a hotel).

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Cervantes Institute

3512 JE Utrecht


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