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Universiteit Utrecht

Seminar: Cervantes Institute, Domplein 3, 3512 JC Utrecht

Workshops: Janskerkhof 3, 3512 BK, Utrecht

3512 JE Utrecht


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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 starts with a Seminar at the Cervantes Institute.

Seminar speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam
  • 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

After the seminar this event will be continued in paralel Workshops (Janskerhof 2-3, Utrecht) to facilitate interactive knowledge exchange in form of WORLD CAFÉ discussions. 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 to contribute to the Workshops 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. The preliminary schedule for the Worskhops is the following:


Security narratives and decision-making practices in

Asylum trajectories

Room JK 2-3 – 109

Convenor: Fran Meissner

1. Lucy Boddington

Digital evidence and assessments of credibility within UK asylum tribunals

2. Angelique van Dam

Who Belongs Where? Research on the Selection Process during the Placement of Refugees by Screen-level Bureaucrats

3. Rianne Dekker, Godfried Engbersen, Jeanine Klaver

Social media shaping migration decision-making: Comparing migrant groups with different levels of agency

4. Ilaria Aversa

How do European regulations and domestic legislation, as implemented at the local level, affect refugees’ experiences and eventual traumas? A case study in Rome, Italy

5. Simon Goebel

Migration-related communication processes of political players in digital media


Digilantism, Digital solidarity and Social Justice

Room JK 2-3 – 110

Convenor: Vassilis Gerasopoulos

6. Charles Martin-Shields, Mirko Eppler, Stella Gaetani, Francy Koellner, Jana Kuhnt, Nyat Mebrahtu, Antonia Peters, Carlotta Preiß

Between the Benefits of Connectivity and the Risks of Surveillance: urban refugees’ experiences of digital technologies in Kenya

7. Ghadeer Udwan

Online/offline resilience strategies of young Syrian refugees in the Netherlands

8. Qian Huang

‘Defend Our Motherland Like We Are Defending Our Idols’: Chinese Vigilant Patriots on Social Media

9. Anisha Debbarman

Reassessing Social Media Coverage: Re-building Community through the Myriad Student Associations from North-Eastern India

10. Liam Turner-Murrell

The Digital Evolution of Radical Right Movements


Social Media representations - digital hostility or hospitality?

Room JK 2-3 – 217

Convenor: Rianne Dekker

11. Zhihe Bai

Nationalism and the construction of others in China: exploring social media in the shadow of the “refugee crisis”

12. Basma Elmahdy

Reflections on roles of the Arabic-language Newcomer. Media in Berlin: ‘News is important to feel at home.’

13. Simon Noori

Smartphones, transnational activism and via political in(ter)ventions in maritime borderzones.

14. Ilse van Liempt, Younes Younes, Richard Staring

Social media and homemaking processes of recently arrived Syrians in the Netherlands

15. Vassilis Gerasopoulos

Xenophobic narratives in virtual platforms: Particularities of articulation and validity


Fear, Expulsion and deterrence on-line

Room JK 2-3 – 220

Convenor: Dr Koen Leurs

16. Michele Francis Ferris-Dobles

Central American Migration: using the mobile phone across national borders

17. Sanja Milivojevic

Rethinking ‘Stealing the fire, 2.0 style’: Furthering our engagement with counter-security technologies in 21st century

18. Raffaella Pagogna

Disciplining migration aspirations: Looking into the role of new media and information campaigns to prevent irregular migration in Ethiopia

19. Giray Sadik, Ceren Kaya

Securitization of Migration and the Role of Surveillance Technologies in European External Border Management

20 Lene Swetzer

See through me: securitising transgender identity through biometric authentication


ICT, Technology, accountability and trust

Room JK 2-3 – 220

Convenor: Veronika Nagy

21. Nina Grønlykke Mollerup, Marie Sandberg Perilous navigation: The creation of trust and knowledge through irregularised migrants’ digital practices in/of the European border regime

22. Agathi Merdi

ICT Use by Refugees: The Role of Technology in Refugee Mobility

23. Parisa Diba, Georgios A Antonopoulos, Georgios Papanicolaou

Digital routes of human smuggling: evidence from the UK

24. Costanza Di Francesco Maesa

Digitisation of migration control and accountability. Algorithmic accountability or no accountability?

25. Amira Paripurna Masitoh Indriani

Biometric Data Sharing in Addressing Irregular Migration and Security Issues within The Bali Process Framework for Indonesia and ASEAN State Members


Securitized gender identities across the borders

Room JK 2-3 – 217

Convenor: Fiona-Katharina Seiger

26. Vasiliki Makrygianni, Vasilis Galis

Migrants’ digital practices for gender and LGBTQ+ solidarity: narratives from Greece

27. Koen Leurs, Jeffrey Patterson

We Live Here, and We Are Queer!: Young Gay Connected Migrants' Transnational Ties and Integration in the Netherlands

28. Georgia (Zeta) Lazarou

Social media and refugee smuggling in Greece

29. Julia Söhnholz

Women on the Move’s Access and Use of Smartphones on the Balkan Route



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:

For any further inquiry please contact Dr Veronika Nagy:

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Universiteit Utrecht

Seminar: Cervantes Institute, Domplein 3, 3512 JC Utrecht

Workshops: Janskerkhof 3, 3512 BK, Utrecht

3512 JE Utrecht


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