I arrived in Bucharest in July with the purpose of researching the large-scale migration from Romania to Western Europe from a small-scale perspective. I was particularly interested in the more personal and emotional impacts that this migration has on those who have stayed behind in Romania. People for whom short visits and long-distance communication is a usual part of daily family life. And so, I began approaching the loved ones of those who migrated for work to core European countries in order to interview them about their experiences.
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.
On March 8th, originally known as International Working Women’s Day (and still known as International Women’s Day) I started my new job as Postodc researcher at Utrecht University. Pretty fitting! For the coming 4 years I’ll be working on the ERC funded project, ‘Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,’ (aka the Connecting Europe project).