Mig@Net report – Communication and information flows

This study researches how information and communication technologies (ICT), and particularly video-communication technologies, influence everyday-life patterns of communication in transnational milieus. Based on empirical case studies conducted in the three partner cities (Paris, Athens and Ljubljana), the research exemplifies the complex combinations of global media uses and face-to-face encounters that emerge in response to the specific needs of transnational populations and bring about new global forms of “being at home”. How is global togetherness possible? How does the availability of ICTs alter migrants’ everyday lives and senses of belonging? The research combined ethnographic methods of transnational field research with ethnomethodological techniques for analysing virtual communications, which were developed along the research process.

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Communication and Information flows – Overview

The aim of our research will be to:

- To undertake research on digital networks through which communication and information flows between migrant individuals and groups in different geographical locations is practiced, focusing in particular on the ways in which transnational cultural ties and communities are formed across national borders.

- To identify gender dynamics within these digital networks, focusing in particular on the function of textual, visual and audio mediums of communication and information flows in producing transnational identities.

- To explore the construction of transnational migrant networks through the usage of digital mediums enabling immediate communication and information flows across geographical distance, with particular emphasis on language as a factor enabling or preventing the flow of communication and information across national borders through research conducted on and off line.