The three case studies involve intercultural conflict between migrants and the host society, but also conflicts between migrants of different origin or culture, and intra-communal conflict. These conflicts occur in digital networks and are influencing and are influenced by what is called here by the different research teams interchangeably as ‘real’, ‘offline’, ‘material’ or ‘physical’. Nevertheless, the intention of the research design and philosophical standpoint is to the integrate virtuality and materiality as far as this is possible in the analysis.
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The aim of our research will be to:
- To undertake innovative research on transnational digital networks, where intercultural conflict becomes manifest and is propagated, with particular emphasis on the digital process, practices and mediums through which conflict can be negotiated and rearticulated in order to produce dialogue and cooperation.
- To identify gender relations within those transnational digital spaces, with particular emphasis on the racialisation of gender relations within diasporas and between migrant communities and host societies.
- To explore policy and theoretical perspectives through which intercultural conflict in transnational digital networks can be understood as a process of exchange and can be creatively used towards meeting the needs and demands of migrant groups and individuals, but also the purpose of cultural diversity in European societies.