CFP ECREA: Diaspora, Migration & the Media (Netherlands)

ConferencesCall for abstracts: Diaspora, Migration and the Media: Transnational Families and Media Practices: Methods, Ethics and Critical Approaches, ECREA International and Intercultural Communication Sections Conference, 7-9 December 2023, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. Abstract Deadline: 28 April 2023.

Transnational families, through their ability to cross borders, connect cultures, expand the meanings and limits of national belonging, and negotiate the cultural, linguistic and psychological challenges of migration, have become exemplary models of “mobile lives” (Elliott and Urry, 2010). Transnational families offer insights into the contradictions and complexities of interculturality (Dervin, 2017) as a lived reality permeating more and less intimate interpersonal experiences. The centrality of transnational family communication in today’s world is enhanced by everyday digital media usage, the ubiquity of portable devices and the new technical affordances of platforms and apps. Transnational families therefore help us apprehend historical transformations connected to mediated experiences of crossing borders and interculturality.

While the attention of scholars has intensified around how transnational families both shape and are shaped by the (urban) spaces they leave and enter, organizers contend that more attention needs to be paid to the methodological and ethical challenges researchers face when studying transnational families and communities. This conference provides an opportunity for scholars to discuss the assumptions underpinning their research and to share critical reflections on the ethical responsibilities that researchers have when observing transnational families and communities, including through digital platforms and their connection with mobility processes in and through cities.

They invite scholars and PhD researchers to submit abstract proposals that engage with new theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches to the study of transnational families and their communication practices in Europe and beyond. They also welcome submissions that can provide historical perspectives into the (dis)continuities characterizing transnational families and their media practices. Contributions that call into question Eurocentric forms of knowledge through decolonial narratives and frameworks are especially welcome.

PHD Project: Media Tourism in China (The Netherlands)

“Studentships“

PHD position in the project “Media tourism in China: A local perspective,” Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: 7 February 2021.

The application is now open for a Chinese student who wishes to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

This PhD project seeks to answer the two following main research questions: How do locals perceive the representations of their places of residency in popular culture? How do these portrayals shape locals’ place-attachment, their self-identity and, also, their interactions with media tourists? China presents an excellent location to explore the above-mentioned questions due to the long tradition of media tourism in the country, the current boom of domestic popular media, and the lack of research that thoroughly explores the relationship between media representation and destination images in Asia.

Methodologically, the investigation will take a qualitative approach. Textual analysis will be used to analyze the mediated representations in a selection of popular culture texts filmed in well-established filming locations such as the Fujian Province. Participants will explore, for instance, which spaces have been represented and which ones have been excluded, and what type of locals have been portrayed and which ones have been left out. Focus groups and participatory methods (e.g. photo/video voice) will be used to reach a deep understanding about locals’ interpretations of those portrayals, as well as the consequences that these depictions have on their identities and on their relationship with media tourists.

 

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