Saskia Witteborn is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where she directs the M.A. in Global Communication. She received her PhD from the University of Washington (Communication) and specializes in transnational migration and communication. Saskia has worked with migrant groups in North America, Europe, and Asia. Specifically, she is interested in theorizing mobility, technology, and situated practice, with a current focus on the concept of digital migration. She has a strong expertise in forced migration, with theoretical contributions to the political economy of mobility and space, digital heterotopia, emotions and the digital, grouping processes and place, and using practice as a comparative unit of analysis. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Communication, Cultural Studies, Research on Language and Social Interaction, and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She has also contributed to edited volumes, such as Hegde’s Circuits of Visibility (NYU Press, 2011) and Volkmer’s The Handbook of Global Media Research (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), research funded by GRF grants from Hong Kong SAR. She was Associate Editor of the Chinese Journal of Communication and is on the editorial boards of Communication, Culture & Critique and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. As Research Associate with the University of Washington Center for Local Strategy Research and Associate Director of the Center on Migration and Mobility at CUHK, Saskia is generally interested in culturally grounded approaches to communicative action around agendas of change.
- Digital Migration
- Forced Migration and Digital Technologies
- Affect and Digital Practice
- Culture and Communication
- Ethnography of Communication