Imagining Europe from outside: new technologies and social media in the construction of narratives and imaginaries

  • Fiona-Katharina Seiger (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationAcademic


This paper focuses on perceptions of Europe by prospective migrants and the role of novel technologies and social media in the knitting and consumption of these narratives. Employing the conceptual lens of ‘migrant imaginaries’, the authors explore in what ways specific places within Europe are imagined, how these imaginaries travel, and how they shape attitudes towards cross-border mobility. The paper builds upon preliminary findings from qualitative interviews with recent and prospective migrants in/from North Africa, as well as upon a quantitative data collection (using a keyword-based content analysis) pertaining to the role of social media in the construction of narratives and images about Europe and its various regions. This paper is developed within the larger project PERCEPTIONS, funded by the European Commission.
Period14 Jul 2020
Event titlePaper presented at the IV ISA Forum of Sociology
Event typeOther
LocationPorto Allegre, BrazilShow on map