Author: Donya Alinejad

Digital Methods Summer School

Picture of network TIM copy
A draft network visualization of the Facebook Page Like Network of a page relevant to our study of transnational Romanian motherhood in Italy. We gathered the data with Netvizz and made the graph in Gephi. This was one of the early versions of the visualization of this network. We made many others that were fancier, but I find it important to show at least a part of the process of getting there so as not to present data as truth/objective/final but always open and interpreted  

Last week I completed the Summer School of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam as part of the digital methods training of the Digital Crossings project I’m working on. It was an immersive experience in the world of “big data” researchers, tools, methods, and ontologies. We learned through a mix of keynote lectures, tutorial workshops, and working in groups on our own research projects. I had the opportunity of pitching three small sub-projects that I proceeded to work on for the first week together with my team from the Digital Crossings research project and an international group of participants of the summer school.

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Open access publication of “Europe Says OXI: ‘online camaraderie’ and European Crisis”

How great to have my piece included in this very timely special issue of the open access journal of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association. The theme is Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders, and it presents a range of case studies on the media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis” in Europe. It highlights how Europe and the violence that its borders inflict upon bodies comes to produce refugees as “other,” and explores the role of various (digital) media representations in consolidating or challenging the dominant tropes around the figures of the migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker.