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CADS Spotlight: the newest research coming out of CADS!

Monday 14 February 2022
Pieter de la Court
Online on Teams

In this special edition of the CADS Research Seminars, three newly minted or nearly finished CADS PhDs present their work. From 14.30-15.15 Tomas Dodds talks about his research on journalism in Chile, Tamsyn Adams discusses her engagement with family photographs from 15.15-16.00, and from 16.15-17.00, Wiebe Ruijtenberg draws on his PhD research to reflect on the way Egyptian parents engage the Dutch state.


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Professional dissonance in journalism: Algorithmic publics and platformization? by Tomás Dodds

Journalism, both as a profession and as a practice, is changing rapidly. Technologies inside the newsroom are mutating, and journalistic practices, norms, and values are being reshaped with them. Drawing on seven months of ethnographic fieldwork in Chile, including participant observation, I argue that the introduction of certain digital technologies have transformed journalists’ ability to negotiate editorial values. Media professionals increasingly feel trapped into routines established by third-party platforms. The conclusions suggest that the way newsrooms approach new digital technologies have created a lack of harmony in the way journalists are expected to work, the topics they are expected to cover, and the journalistic values they hold true.

Unpacking a family photo collection by Tamsyn Adams

This paper focuses on processes of unpacking – both literal and figurative – in relation to a collection of family photographs. I suggest several distinct but interlinked approaches, each of which attempts to ‘unpack’ the collection in a particular way. These include the literal process of removing the photographs from their places of storage; a consideration of the physical components of photographs; the process of digitisation, whereby the compressed photographic ‘remains’ contained in various suitcases and containers are converted into a more usable format; and, finally, some of the insights these approaches offer into a particular place and time.

Living and dying with the state: Egyptians in the Netherlands by Wiebe Ruijtenberg

If they exist at all, “states” and “immigrants” exist by virtue of each other: “states” are built on the distinction between nationals and non-nationals and people only become “immigrants” through the categories of state law. So, as Abdelmalak Sayad points out, to think about (im)migration is always also thinking about states. We do not always do so explicitly. To the contrary, we usually think about (im)migration through the language and categories of state policies, thereby naturalizing states and reproducing (im)migration and (im)migrants as policy problems. In my dissertation, I turn things around by treating the Dutch state as a policy problem for the Egyptian men and women I worked with in Amsterdam. In this talk, I share the findings of my final chapter, in which I share the story of Amira and her son Ahmed to examine what becomes of life when it gets entangled with the Dutch welfare state.

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