Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION

Borders and Migration in Digital Times

August 16 – 27, 2021 (online event)


The digital summer school “Borders and Migration in Digital Times” offers international students an opportunity to explore how policies and practices of border demarcation and migration management are influenced and changed by the availability and use of digital technologies. This thematic focus corresponds with the dual observation that, on the one hand, the management and control of migration as well as the protection of state borders against irregular migration are increasingly supported by digital infrastructures. These new coordination and control instruments partially replace and relocate traditional forms of state-run border practices linked to geo-political spaces. On the other hand, migrants apply digital devices in order to pass state borders, to build transnational networks, and to stay in contact with family and acquaintances living at a distance. But even after migrants have crossed a state border, the digital dimension of migration management facilitates new boundaries and categorization methods as well as opportunities for migrants and their integration. In this summer school, we want to generate a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the relevance and use of digital technologies in multilevel processes which reshape the notion and location of the border itself and the way in which migration is dealt with and managed.u


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For this year’s digital summer school of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION, 35 international participants have been selected, coming from various countries of the world, such as Australia, India, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Morocco, the USA and Mexico, as well as from a number of European countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain.

During the two-week summer school, the 35 master’s and doctoral students will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary exchanges about borders and migration in digital times, and to share ideas, knowledge, and research approaches. The candidates are active in diverse academic fields such as Borders and Migration Studies, Social Anthropology, Law, Geography, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Sociology and Political Science.

Organization Team

PD Dr. Leutloff-Grandits

Project Coordinatoion

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits is a senior researcher and social anthropologist at the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION, European University of Viadrina. She focusses in her research on migration, borders and boundaries, family relations and social security and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Croatia, Kosovo and Germany.

Dr. Norbert Cyrus

Project Coordination

Norbert Cyrus is member of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION with a research focus on the instiutional analysis of the interaction of migration dynamics and state border developments. He received his PhD 2008 from Carl-von-Ossietzky-University for his analysis of contemporary
processes of labour migration from Poland to Germany. After employments at University Oldenburg, Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS),
University Bremen and Viadrina University Viadrina he works as freelance expert. He worked as expert for several institutions at international level (ILO, Worldbank), national level (e.g. Federal Ministry for
Labour, Federal Expert Commission for Migration) and civil organisations.

Julia Bantouvaki

Project Assistance

My name is Julia Bantouvaki and I am a research assistant at the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION. I am currently studying Socio-cultural Studies in the Master’s program at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) with a focus on migration and border studies.

Lara Lemac

Website Design

Lara Lemac is a student of cultural studies with focus on social science and border studies at the European University Viadrina. Besides her studies, she works in film, digital content and web design.

Anne Pilhofer

Technical Assistance

After training as a bookbinder and working in the digitization department of the Berlin State Library, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Studies at the European University Viadrina from 2013 to 2017. Since 2017, this has been followed by the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts program “Euroculture” in the Netherlands, with additional stays in Italy and Japan. The digital space and its processes play a role in her life since childhood, as working and playing with computers are a part of life from an early age on. Editing videos, digital photography, gaming, digitizing books as well as using e-learning tools are areas of interest and hobbies since youth

The summer school’s program contains a combination of various formats which facilitate acquisition and consolidation of knowledge and skills. Lectures by renowned scientists from the fields of border, migration and digital studies will delve into the core aspects. A continuous tutorial provides space to read selected publications and to discuss with researchers of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION. During the summer school, all participants are invited to introduce their own research projects or ideas within speed presentations.

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