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Digital Fortress Europe

Wednesday, 30 October, 2019 - 09:00 to Thursday, 31 October, 2019 - 18:00
Paleis der Academiën
Hertogstraat 1, 1000 Brussel

The two-day conference “Digital Fortress Europe” intends to be a forum to reflect on the relations between media, migration, and technology. These relations demand our fullest attention because they touch on the essence of what migration means in societies that are undergoing democratic challenges. Research shows that media and technologies play a vital role for people who migrate, but that the same media and technologies serve to spread xenophobia, increase societal polarization and enable elaborate surveillance possibilities. With its intensifying anti-migration populist discourses, humanitarian border crises and efforts to secure borders through technological solutions, the European context provides a pulsating scene to examine such deepening relations. Taking place in the heart of Europe’s political capital, this conference aims to critically reflect on what the much-debated notion of “Fortress Europe” means in the digital age and how it can guide our future thinking on media and migration. As such, scholars of media, communication, migration and technology will be stimulated to contribute to critical discussions on border politics and migration debates.


The thematic focus of this conference is on media, migration and technology and all their possible linkages and intersections. While significant attention goes to digital technologies and social media, the organizers do aim for a broad focus that also includes traditional media, and aspects of media production, organization, consumption, representation and policy.


Keynote speakers include Professor Payal Arora, Professor Huub Dijstelbloem and Professor Myria Georgiou.


Information on registration fees:

  • Junior academics or PhD students: 70 euro
  • Senior academics or professors: 120 euro
  • Optional conference dinner (30 October 2019): 30 euro
  • The fee includes attendance to the conference, lunch and coffee breaks on 30 and 31 October 2019