Today our team presented at the University of Amsterdam on a joint panel at the conference, Postcolonial Mediations: Globalization and Displacement. The panel was about Mediating Cities in Postcolonial Europe: Gender, Diaspora, and Belonging, and my presentation was on Digital Connections and Mobile Mediations of Emotion: Tracing the Urban Lives of Turkish-Dutch Migrants Between Istanbul and Amsterdam. The feedback on notions of Europe from postcolonial studies perspectives was helpful and it was great to hear about the work of the others in our team for the first time formally since we started our fieldwork.
The event as a whole offered a host of fascinating panels, as well as keynote lectures by such prominent scholars as Victoria Bernal, who spoke about web platforms and forms of Eritrean diasporic belonging, Paula Chakravartty on the project of decolonizing the university and the New Sanctuary Movement, and Iain Chambers and the role of the Mediterranean Sea as a postcolonial zone of contemporary crisis, control, and confrontation. You can find the full conference program here.