3M Workshop



  "Framed against the backdrop of a resurgent nationalism reacting to the inequalities caused by globalization, migrant mobilities and rights are emergent as the battleground for these polarizing forces. I developed the 3M Workshop to showcase the role of modern communication technologies, such as the mobile phone, in the struggles and negotiations that occur as these historic forces engage. While primarily being a showcase of academic research about the communicative strategies of marginalized migrants, refugees and trafficked people, the parallel aims of the workshop include public education, media dissemination, and legislative inputs for the nascent social movement to end migrant discrimination.  The REINFORM network is a platform to connect researchers and academics with shared interests, disseminate findings to the public and media, and allow for conversations that bridge scholarly and social consciousness."

-Associate Professor​ Arul Chib, Director (SiRC), Nanyang Technological University



The 3M workshop is an international scholarly forum for researchers and practitioners to explore the roles of information communication technologies (ICTs), particularly mobiles, in the lives of migrants worldwide. Migration has emerged as one of the biggest social challenges in developed nations. It has recently called urgent attention of scholars worldwide given the migration crisis witnessing the forced migration of over 60 million people to Europe and across the globe over the past year. The 3M workshop therefore is a significant event of its kind to address vast impacts of mobiles on the lives of marginalized migrants – those with desperate need of resources, education, and integration into host societies. Different experiences, perspectives, methodologies and ICTs solutions will be brought together in this forum to tackle important immigration related c​hallenges in different countries.


The aims of the workshop are: (i) to gather researchers across disciplines who have been attending the issues of migration and ICTs to share personal and professional experiences, ongoing research programs, theories and methodologies regarding migrants’ lives and roles of mobiles; (ii) to address key/shared problems concerning the mobile phone usage of migrants in different contexts and solutions around mobile appropriation of the marginalized groups; (iii) to facilitate collaborations across borders and contexts; and (iv) to discuss subsequent collaborative research programs and the prospect of producing a jointed publication addressing the 3M issues. The workshop is organised by The Singapore Internet Research Centre and co-sponsored by The Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University. The workshop will be conducted on 17 & 18 February 2017 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.



Arul Chib, Director, Singapore Internet Research Center; ​Associate Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University  

Carleen Maitland, Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University​

Dana Diminescu, Associate Professor, Engineering School Télécom Paristech

Hannah Thinyane, Principal Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society

Hoan Nguyen, Project Officer, Singapore Internet Research Center

Juhee Kang, Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society 

Karen Fisher, Professor, Information School, University of Washington 

Laavanya Kathiravelu, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Mark Latonero, Professor & Research Director, USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy; Fellow, The Data & Society Research Institute, New York City​ 

Mirca Madianou, Reader, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London 

Nina Springer, Post-doctoral Researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich  

Rich Ling, Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology, Nanyang Technological University​  

Saskia Witteborn, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong​    

Sina Arnold, Post-Doctoral Researcher/Scientific Managing Director, Member of Department "Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles", Humboldt Universität zu Berlin    

Veronika Karnowski, Post-doctoral Researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Xin Pei, Ph.D Candidate, Nanyang Technological University  

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