Project coordinator Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Centre for Gender Studies, Greece Prof. Maria Stratigaki Project partners Fondation Maison des sciences de lâ€™homme, France Utrecht University, Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme, the Netherlands University of Bologna, Department of Politics, Institutions and History, Italy University of Hamburg, Institute for Sociology, Germany University of Hull, Department of Humanities, UK Symfiliosi (Reconciliation), Cyprus Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Slovenia
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Mig@net: Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender
Further contact Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies Metelkova 6 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia Tel.: +38612347720 Fax: +38612347722 www.mirovni-institut.si Principal researcher at the Peace Institute: Dr. Mojca Pajnik: firstname.lastname@example.org Researchers: Dr. Veronika Bajt: email@example.com Iztok Ĺ ori: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
THEMATIC STUDY ON SEXUALITIES
The project explores two interrelated sociocultural dynamics that impact the future of European integration and have a profound effect on the development of a European culture by challenging established ethnic, class, linguistic and gendered divisions. These are: a) the rise in migrant mobility and the establishment of transnational migrant networks that enable the construction and negotiation of new forms of hybrid identity and a sense of multiple belonging based on the experiences of cultural diversity and intercultural communication, and b) the spread of transnational digital networks that transcend state boundaries and exclusive national identities and give citizens and non-citizens the potential to participate directly in processes of cultural production, exchange and consumption particularly through the use of digital technologies.
The Peace Institute is coordinating the thematic study on sexualities, where the objective is to explore digital representations of sexual practices, taking into consideration the bias that regards gender, ethnicity, femininity/masculinity. The study will explore sexualities in relation to migrant mobility, prostitution (sex work) and the phenomenon of mail order brides. It is the interest of the study to analyse under what conditions digital sphere counteracts representational routines and provides novelty in expressions of sexualities.
More specifically, the project addresses the question of participation of migrant individuals and groups in transnational digital networks by employing innovative methodologies combining online and off-line research. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of migrants to access and coproduce diverse digital networks and use them in order to promote their own needs and demands, but also on the possibilities for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and cooperation that open through the development of new interactive media. A gender approach will be mainstreamed in the research design and analysis throughout the project. In particular, the project will explore the ways in which changing gender relations shape new identities and performativities in transnational digital and migrant networks.
The focus is to debate various representational strategies of transnational migrant sexualisation practices as these appear in digital sphere. Stereotypical representations of migrant women and men in text and picture in various digital media are explored where their impact on gender relations is of main concern. Here the focus is to explore how representations of migrantsâ€™ practices related to sexualities in digital sphere influence migrantsâ€™ appearances, their visibility or its absence, their selfpresentation or their silencing, and their impact on gender relations, labour relations and mobilities. Also, the study explores how digital media appear as sites where new ways of performing and exchanging sexuality occur.
METHODS The Mig@net project employs a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and moves beyond the state of the art by developing a research and analysis framework that assumes continuities between the digital and the real and is based on a methodology that combines on-line and off-line research. The thematic study on sexualities explores the subject of sexualities in its particular relation to migrant mobility where three areas of sexual practices and representations are considered: a) prostitution (sex work), b) human trafficking, especially trafficking in women, and c) marriage migration, i.e. the phenomenon of so-called mail order brides. Three partners are involved in this particular thematic package: the Peace Institute (coordinator), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and Fondation Maison des sciences de lâ€™homme. Each of the three partners conducts a case study that adopts a gender sensitive approach in analysing digital media and networks, and each case study adopts both on-line and off-line methodologies.