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Mirca Madianou

madianouDr. Mirca Madianou is a senior lecturer in media & communication and director of postgraduate research studies at the University of Leicester. Between 2004-2011 she taught at the University of Cambridge where she was a Newton Trust Lecturer in Sociology and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. She has held Research Fellowship Positions at UCL (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, 2002-4) and at the Centre for Research in Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge (2006). In 2002 she was awarded a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Her current research examines the role of new communication technologies in the context of migration and transnational families in particular. She is the author of two books and several journal articles on new media and long distance relationships; migration and transnationalsm; media and nationalism; audiences (particularly the audiences for news media); and the role of emotions in mediated communication. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, ESF, the Mellon Foundation and CRASSH, Cambridge.

Jo Van der Spek 

Jo_You_are_hereJo van der Spek is a Dutch journalist, radio producer, media activist, and project manager with international experience. His professional work covers various aspects of “media communication”, ranging on presenting, coaching and training to the complete production of journalistic content and campaigns. Van der Spek is actively engaged in discourses on migrant issues, especially in his role as general director of M2M “Migrant to Migrant” Webradio . M2M, promotes free communication of migrants. It create an environment for exchange between and with underdocumented migrants in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. The M2M-Team produces community media, events, projects and campaigns. The platform’s motto is: “Look with us, not at us!”


logoTwo Greek media artists and game designers who developed “Banopticon” in relation with the Mig@Net project, published in 2013. From the website: “The game examines different forms of relations between these actors (migrants, “inhabitants, power structures etc.) in different urban or semi-urban environments, e.g. A Border Zone, Athens centre, a detention camp, a harbor, a European capital. The game show the passage from the city, conceptualized as a cell, which in racist rhetoric, across many European cities, is seen as being invaded by alien and hostile forces, to something else that corresponds better to the reality of events. It appears that the centre is no longer a cell (if it ever was) but an interconnected network of mobilities. We face a move from the cell to the network: The digitilization of migration inA thens is such an example. Furthermore, the game describes the transformations through digitilization as a means of centralized control, in such areas as harbors (Patras, Igoumenitsa).




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