In a time of increased (forced) migration, the borders of many countries are not only experienced physically. We are witnessing new ways in which borders are being created, re-created and evolved. In this workshop we are concerned about borders mediated by digital technologies. We aim to bring together researchers and local organisations working with migrants and refugees to investigate the interplay between borders and technology. We aim to explore how borders are defined within the digital age, how they are experienced, and discuss how technology is used to enforce, challenge and overcome borders.

Call for Participation

Within the growing contexts of migration, technology is playing a critical role in enforcing, navigating and challenging geographical borders as well borders formed through technologies themselves. This one-day workshop aims to facilitate discussions on the interplay between borders and technologies as well as discuss how HCI research can further our understanding of this field.

We invite researchers and practitioners interested in participating to submit 2-4 pages long papers (in an appropriate format). Submissions should explore and reflect on a specific case where borders were enforced, challenged or overcome through the use of digital technologies. Cases and stories can be based on personal experiences and/or experiences of witnessing others encounters with borders, participant statements, or even media.

Submissions should be sent to in .pdf format. Position papers will be reviewed based on relevance to the workshop. At least one co-author of each accepted paper should attend the workshop.

Important Dates:

Final Submission Deadline: April 20, 2019

Final Notification: April 25, 2019

Workshop Day: June 3 or 4, 2019