Grenzen überwinden - Nähe erzeugen (Overcoming distance barriers by staying connected): Digital togetherness in a migration society
Many people move from one place to another at least once in their life. The movement sometimes includes long distances, several borders and separation of families. However, family members, living separated by thousands of kilometers, often manage to stay in close contact with each other. As this was common before the internet’s invention, it became substantially easier with the help of digital media.
Media items like photographs, mobile phones, postcards, social networks, paintings etc. are meaningful elements in transnational families’ everyday lives. These objects bear family histories and experiences of different cultures. They represent an important part of past and present German migration, which until now has been neither profoundly documented nor systematically researched. We are collecting these objects and histories and will present them in a digital exhibition on our internet portal migr@com. People who lived or currently live far away from their families can use migr@com to share their experiences with others. We are constantly looking for new items and their histories, which illustrate how families cope with situations of separation due to migration. contact
Science Year 2014 “The Digital Society” Hochschulwettbewerb 2014 (University competition 2014)
The ZMI project “Digital togetherness in a migration society” (migr@com) is one of the 15 winners of the University competition for young scientists 2014 “Mehr als Bits und Bytes – Nachwuchswissenschaftler kommunizieren ihre Arbeit” and will be awarded 10.000 Euros by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The University competition has existed since 2007. Within the Science Year 2014 “The Digital Society” the competition is carried out by Wissenschaft im Dialog. The Science Year is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog as well as numerous partners in science, economics and culture. It makes Research and Science come alive and promotes the social debate about challenges and chances of digital change. www.digital-ist.de