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Dona Giorgia

Period of stay: September 2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

Meetings and strategic planning of the Europe- Asia platform on Forced Migration
Participation in the Sites of Statelessness conference
Time to read and time discuss my research ideas with colleagues through formal and informal conversations
Networking with other Fellows during lunches and after seminars
Attending seminars

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

Yes, the event programme was very interesting in two ways. I participated in events (e.g. Sites of Statelessness conference and the seminar on Afghanistan that were very relevant to my research) and also attended all the other seminars (in English, unfortunately I do not speak German) that contributed to my interdisciplinary understanding on a variety of contemporary issues.

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

Everything was fantastic! The welcome information pack and induction, having a quiet and large office space, the open library with books spread across the building; and, last but not least, the lunches (both the delicious food and interesting conversations) and the variety of events and the post-event conversations over refreshments.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

Thank you SO SO much! I am grateful for the funding that enabled me to spend a month at IWM. It has been a special and wonderful opportunity to have some space to think, read, and network.


Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!

In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.

We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.

Final Report of Activities

My Visiting Fellowship at the IWM was undertaken under the auspices of the Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration to research post-colonial approaches to digital forced migration. It was scheduled to take place in April-May 2021 but due to covid travel restrictions it was postponed to September. During the period April-September I was able to be involved (remotely and in-person) in IWM activities connected to my research and the Europe-Asia Research Platform.

Activities

The IWM Visiting Fellowship was instrumental in making it possible for me to:

  • Participate in strategic planning meeting of the Europe- Asia platform on Forced Migration (17 September)
  • Contribute to the Sites of Statelessness: Laws, Cities, Seas conference (15-16 September)
  • Participate in seminars and other events (e.g. seminar on Afghanistan on 20 September) that are very relevant to my research
  • Discuss my research ideas with colleagues of the Europe-Asia platform through formal meetings and informal conversations (on a regular basis)
  • Network with other IWM Visiting Fellows during lunches and after seminars (most days)
  • Attend the weekly seminars in English (unfortunately I do not speak German) that enhanced my interdisciplinary understanding on a variety of contemporary issues (EU politics, environment, ….)
Outputs

The outputs connected to my Visiting Fellowships are listed below:

  • Doná, G. (2021) Migration, Governance and Inequality: Immigration Policies and Public Health Responses to Covid-19, IMWPOST, No 127 (Spring/Summer 2021: 3)
  • Doná, G. (2021) Discussant of Paula Banerjee’s The conundrum of trafficking and statelessness in West Bengal, Sites of Statelessness: Laws, Cities, Seas, conference, IWM, Vienna, 16 September
  • Doná, G. (2021) Chair of the Panel Sea: a Stateless site at Sites of Statelessness: Laws, Cities, Seas conference, IWM Vienna, 15 September
  • Doná, G. (2021) The Kolkata Declaration and the Global Compact on Refugees, 18th conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Disrupting Theory Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy, Accra, Ghana, July (this panel was the outcome of
    ongoing conversations among colleagues of the Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration)
  • Doná, G. (2021) Revisiting the social history of ethnic violence in Rwanda: Marginalised voices and the constellation of genocide narratives, IWM Public Lecture, Austria, 25 May
Future plans

My Visiting Fellowship at the IWM is already bearing successful outcomes. In October 2021, I am scheduled to present my project on post-colonial approaches to digital forced migration at a public seminar in the UK.

This presentation is part of a public event that examines the relationship between technologies and forced migration that I am co-organising for Social Scientists against the Hostile Environment

  • Doná, G., Godin, M., Netto, G. and Humphreys, R. (2021, co-organisers) Migration, Borders and Digital Technologies: A Double-Edged Sword, Public event of Social Scientists against the Hostile Environment, 11 October

Furthermore, the face-to-face conversations I had with other Fellows and conference/seminar participants while I was at the IWM in September have led to plans for future collaborative events and projects:

  • IWM Fellows Ayse Caglar, Nargis. Canefe and I plan to submit an abstract for a joint paper presentation on decolonising forced migration for the Workshop on Rethinking Knowledge Production: Politics in Migration Research, Teaching and Practice (December)
  • Invitation to moderate a public event on Afghanistan organised by IWM Fellows Ranabir Samaddar and Paula Banjeree of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration
  • Amade M’ Charek (University of Amsterdam), Nasreen Chowdhory and Shamna Thacham Poyil (University of Dehli), whom I met at the Sites of Statelessnees conference plan to pursue our shared interests in the intersection of technology, migration and coloniality with the view of organising a public event under the auspices of the Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration

Lastly, I plan to continue working and submit the findings of my project post-colonial approaches to digital forced migration to two peer-review journals, the Journal of Refugee Studies, and the journal Cultural Studies.