Dana Diminescu's research while affiliated with University of Strasbourg and other places

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Drawing mainly on the e-Diasporas Atlas project (www.e-diasporas.fr), this article seeks to understand how the web has affected diasporic self-representations. More specifically, by engaging with both media theory and migration studies, it addresses the new modes of boundary formations that arise in the context of migration flows, and how these are...
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Recent empirical studies based on surveys bring evidence that international remittances are more the result of familial intertemporal contracts than self-insurance motivations. Exploiting transaction-level remittance data carried out by 3,294 migrants between 2004 and 2009 in France from a mobile money transfer service to recipients located in Sub-...
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This article investigates the matrimonial web of migrants by first focusing on the economy of ethnic profiling which underlies it. Such ethnicization of the ‘love’ encounter is closely dependant on a complex articulation of gender, nationality and mobility (migration), which is called here an ‘international distribution of gender’. Finally, the mig...
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Since the 2005 Barcelona agreement between telephone operators, the procedures whereby migrants transfer money have changed radically, and banks now propose telephone services. By identifying the type of relationship between migrants and addressees, as well as the amounts of the transactions, the authors show that these new procedures have increase...
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This article analyses the “migrants’ matrimonial Web” as an original form of ethnic business that equates “doing business” to “networking” (i.e. creating new networks rather than relying on existing ethnic ones). The authors show that it is based on an unusual profiling economy in which profiles (and therefore users) are ethnicized: “networking” =...
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This article deals with uses of the Internet – in particular discussion lists – in the Education Without Borders Network (Réseau Éducation sans Frontières, RESF), a network dedicated to supporting illegal migrants (« sans-papiers »). These uses are closely connected to the kind of activism at work within RESF, a solidarity activism based on sponsor...
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We report here on research aiming to reconstruct urban mobilities and communication practices through mobile phone base data. We have developed a software probe that can be implemented on a user's mobile phone, and which allows the joint recording and collection of the successive locations experienced by the user (through the identification of the...
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Current trends in thinking on contemporary migration (in particular, theories on transnational networks) agree that today's migrants are the actors of a culture of bonds, which they themselves have founded and which they maintain even as they move about. Formerly a latent feature but typical of all groups on the move, this culture of bonds became v...
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Alors que l'Europe démantelait en 1989 ses défenses contre le com-munisme, elle commence à se croire menacée par un ennemi inté-rieur (2). Le danger extérieur s'est transformé, et, dans ce glissement des périls du régime communiste à l'immigration et au crime organisé, ont été entraînés, sans exception, tous les pays candidats à l'élargisse-ment de...

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... The European Union (EU) funded DiaporaLink Project was started to investigate how diaspora groups can be supported by a web portal and what strategies might facilitate transnational diaspora entrepreneurship (DiaporaLink Project, 2016). Using ICT to support people in the diaspora has been tried earlier in EU projects with a successful result (Diminescu et al., 2009;Borkert, Cingolani & Premazzi, 2009). Today many persons in the diaspora have good English skills, but when it comes to more technical descriptions most people have easier to understand if instructions are given in their native language (Pierce & Robisco, 2010). ...
... With the rise of digital technologies and social media, identities are performed in a wide new range of venues. In recent years, the concepts of the e-diaspora and digital diasporas have gained greater currency in the literature (Adams and Skop 2008;Diminescu 2012;Diminescu and Loveluck 2014;Felton 2014;Gajjala 2003;Graziano 2012;Kim 2016;Skop and Adams 2009). These terms refer to the different ways that diasporic culture can now be collectively (re)produced in online spaces. ...
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... ICT tools are becoming the most important mediator for maintaining ties between communities, by allowing a constant exchange of new information between migrants and their countries of origin. This in addition helps to foster the development of cross-border virtual networks that otherwise would be difficult to achieve, at the same time paving the way to the mergence of a connected migrant phenomena [6]. The use of social media is shaping migrant identities, and preserving migrant collective memory as well as identity, through helping to maintain bonds between geographically separated migrant communities. ...
... En cambio, sí implican que las dinámicas de los vínculos transnacionales y los recursos empleados para construirlos adquirirán características diferentes, destacando notablemente la mayor presencia de las interacciones mediadas por recursos tecnológicos, en donde las interacciones cara a cara se ven reemplazadas por la presencia virtual. Estudios recientes muestran la importancia que las nuevas tecnologías de la comunicación adquieren en la construcción de vínculos entre los migrantes y sus comunidades de origen, destacando particularmente el uso de telefonía celular y de internet, con un especial desarrollo en el uso de las redes sociales (Facebook) y las plataformas para compartir grabaciones de video (YouTube) (Diminescu et al., 2009;Pedraza-Mandujano, 2010;Íñiguez-Rueda et. al., 2012;Mateos y Durand, 2012). ...
... In the study of diaspora politics and internet practices, influential works have tended to emphasize the diverse, progressive, and conflict-resolution potentials of political diasporic digital media practices (see Alonso and Oiarzabal 2010;Brinkerhoff 2009;Diminescu and Loveluck 2014). This includes recent work on the powerful role diaspora played in political movements and social changes in their homeland through employing the Internet and social media in the so-called Arab Spring (Moss 2020). ...
... Men are the prime users of the Internet and in a most pronounced way, in Middle Eastern dating and chat sites-the topic in which we are most interested in this paper. In fact, in a survey of subscribers to muslima.com, for example, Diminescu and Renault (2011) found that in Middle Eastern countries, virtually all the users were men (see Figure 1). This means that the few women who dare to sign into the new media will have a wide selection of potential mates and people to chat with, while men will have very few alternatives. ...
... A highly mobile person has in fact greater probability to use a mobile phone that someone who only commutes between a few places where s/he can also communicate via a landline telephone, VoIP, etc. In the same way, the higher mobility in the city context is frequently associated with a distant coordination via a mobile phone (Diminescu et al. 2009), and the mobile communication is also linked to a management of the mobility itself: delays, traffic problems, last minute adjustments. Finally, correspondents of a highly mobile person learn with time which is the most adapted communication channel to reach this person, they will also contribute to reinforce the observed correlation. ...
... Les pratiques communicationnelles des migrants, portées et accentuées par l'usage des TIC, forment de vastes corpus de données à explorer. Captées directement depuis des flux d'informations live ou récupérées après coup dans des systèmes de stockage, ces données peuvent aider à comprendre le fonctionnement de certains réseaux transnationaux, tels que des systèmes de transfert d'argent par téléphone portable (Bounie et al., 2010), ou encore servir à mesurer l'intégration des migrants dans les pays d'accueil. Ce sont également des vecteurs de compréhension des modalités de surveillance déployées par les institutions pour contrôler les étrangers (Amoore, 2006). ...
... Leurs « carrières » mobiles et matrimoniales sont en prise directe avec leur positionnement de genre, de classe et de race. Les réflexions proposées ici s'inscrivent dans la continuité de ces travaux à partir de l'analyse du cas des femmes russophones agissant au sein du « web matrimonial des migrants » (Diminescu et al., 2010). ...