Honors and Awards
Exemplary Teaching Award
Outstanding Dissertation Award
Competitive Research Grants:
Direct Grant, 2020-2022, CUHK: Migration and Start-up Cultures in Hong Kong (Project ID: 4052235)
GRF (General Research Fund Hong Kong, 2016/2018) Transit Communication and Forced Migration: A View from Hong Kong (PI) (RGC Ref. No.: CUHK 14610915)
Robert Ho Foundation: African Cultures in HK (Research Advisor, PI: Sealing Cheng, Department of Anthropology, Summer 2016-Fall 2017)
Direct Grant (2014/2015), CUHK: Forced migrants and ICT in Hong Kong (HKD 46,500)
GRF (General Research Fund Hong Kong, 2010/2012) Space and Place-Making: The Role of Media and Information and Communication Technologies in Forced Migrants' Lives
GRF (General Research Fund Hong Kong, 2008/2010) Mobilizing diasporic identities: The case of Uyghurs in the United States and in Germany (Project ID: CUHK 2120316)
Direct Grant 2008/2010, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Mobilizing refugee identities: The case of Uyghurs in Germany (Project ID: 2020931)
Direct Grant 2006/2007, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Muslim communities in China: The discourse on terrorism and the construction of Muslim collective identity (Project ID: 2020851)
Thematic Grant 2006, Collaboration with Political Science faculty, CUHK, Ways of communicating key messages: An analysis of face-to-face communication and media strategies used by transnational NGO's operating in Xinjiang/China (Project ID: 2020883)
Lee Hysan Foundation Research Grant 2005/2006, United College, CUHK Muslim communities in Hong Kong: The communicative construction of local and global Muslim identity
My research stands at the intersection between critical technology studies and mobilities. I explore the technology practices of people moving through transnational spaces as well as the practices of political and social actors regulating those spaces. I have contributed to theorizing space and mobility, biometrics in contexts of migration, data privacy, and AI and ethics. My research has appeared in leading journals and in edited collections, and I am the co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration (2019).
Advice to students:
Have a good laugh several times a day.
Refereed Journal Publications
Witteborn, S. (2021). Digital placemaking and the datafication of forced migrants. Convergence: The International Journal into Research on New Media Technologies. DOI: 10.1177/13548565211003876
Monachesi, P., & Witteborn, S. (2021). Building the sustainable city through Twitter: Creative skilled migrants and innovative technology use. Telematics and Informatics, 58, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101531
Witteborn, S. (2020). Privacy in collapsed contexts of displacement. Feminist Media Studies. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2020.1841814
Gruenewald, T. & Witteborn, S. (2020). Feeling good. Humanitarian virtual reality film, emotional style and global citizenship.Cultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2020.1761415
Witteborn, S. (2020). Data privacy and displacement: a cultural approach. Journal of Refugee Studies.1-17. doi:10.1093/jrs/feaa004
Witteborn, S. (2019). The digital gift and aspirational mobility. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1-16.
Daly, Angela and Hagendorff, Thilo and Li, Hui and Mann, Monique and Marda, Vidushi and Wagner, Ben and Wang, Wei and Witteborn, Saskia, Artificial Intelligence, Governance and Ethics: Global Perspectives (July 4, 2019). The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019-15; University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/033. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3414805
Witteborn, S. (2018). The digital force in forced migration: Imagined affordances and gendered practices. Popular Communication: The international journal of media and culture,16(1), 21-31.
Witteborn, S. (2015). Becoming (Im)perceptible: Forced migrants and virtual practice. Journal of Refugee Studies. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/jrs/feu036
Witteborn, S. (2014). Intercultural competence. In Tracy, K. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Witteborn, S. (2014). Forced Migrants, emotive practice and digital heterotopia. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. Special Issue Digital Crossings in Europe, 5(1), 73-85.
Witteborn, S., Milburn T., & Ho, Evelyn (2013). The ethnography of communication as applied methodology: Insights from three case studies. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 2, 188-194.
Witteborn, S. (2012). Social construction research as cultural and critical inquiry. Special Issue. The Electronic Journal of Communication 22(3&4). Available at http://www.cios.org/EJCPUBLIC/022/3/022343.html.
Li L., & Witteborn, S. (2012). Confucianism in the Chinese media: An analysis of the revolutionary history TV drama. In Those Passionate Days. Chinese Journal of Communication, 5(2), 160-177.
Witteborn, S. (2012). Testimonio and spaces of risk: A forced migrant perspective. Cultural Studies, 26(4), 421-441. (lead article)
Witteborn, S. (December, 2011). Living in the risk society: Reports from asylum seekers and refugees. RTHK Media Digest. Retrieved from http://gbcode.rthk.org.hk/b5/rthk.hk/mediadigest/20111214_76_122816.html
Witteborn, S. (2011). Constructing the forced migrant and the politics of space and place-making. Journal of Communication, 61(6), 1142-1160.
Brock, D.M., Mauksch, L., Witteborn, S., Hummel, J., Nagasawa, P., and Robins, L.S. (2011). Effectiveness of intensive physician training in upfront agenda setting. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26, 1317-23.
Witteborn, S., (2011). Discursive grouping in a virtual forum: Dialogue, difference, and the "Intercultural". Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Special Issue, 4(2), 109-126.
Robins, L., Witteborn, S., Miner, L., Mauksch, L., Edwards, K., & Brock, D. (2011). Identifying transparency in physician communication. Patient Education and Counseling, 83, 73-79.
Witteborn, S. (2010). The role of transnational NGOs in promoting global citizenship and globalizing communication practices. Language and Intercultural Communication, 10(4), 358-372.
Witteborn, S. & Sprain, L. (2009). Grouping processes in a public meeting from an ethnography of communication and cultural discourse analysis perspective. The International Journal of Public Participation, 3(2), 14-35. Retrieved from http://www.iap2.org/associations/4748/files/Journal_10January_WittebornSprain.pdf. (lead article)
Witteborn, S. (2008). Identity mobilization practices of refugees: The case of Iraqis in the United States and the War in Iraq. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1, 202-220.
Qiu, J. L., & Witteborn, S. (2008). Interview with D. Ray Heisey. Chinese Journal of Communication, 1, 131-137.
Witteborn, S. (June 2008). Caught in-between: Iraqi refugees in the U.S. tell their stories. Communication Currents, 3(3). Retrieved from http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=882.
Witteborn, S. (2007). The situated expression of Arab collective identities in the United States. Journal of Communication, 57(3), 556-575.
Witteborn, S. (2007). The expression of palestinian identity in narratives about personal experiences: Implications for the study of narrative, identity, and social interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 40(2&3), 145-170. (lead article)
Robins, L., Witteborn, S., Miner, L., McElligott, S., Brock, D., & Mauksch, L. (2004). Transparency in physician-patient interaction. Medical Encounter. A Publication of the American Academy on Physician and Patient, 18, 4, p.21
Witteborn, S. (2004). Of being an Arab woman before and after September 11: The enactment of communal identities in talk. The Howard Journal of Communications, 15(2), 83-98.
Witteborn, S. (2003). Communicative competence revisited: An emic approach to studying intercultural communicative competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 32, 187-203.
Witteborn, S. (2021). Migration and technologies in contexts of uncertainty. Media and uncertainty (pp. 39-44). Lisbon: Winter School for the Study of Communication.
Xie Z., & Witteborn, S. (2019). The migration-mobility nexus: The politics of the interface, gender, and labor. In Smets, K, Leurs, K., Georgiou, M., Witteborn, S., & Gajjala, R. (eds.). (2019). The Sage handbook of media and migration. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-media-and-migration/book260835.
Witteborn, S. (2019). Digital diaspora: Social alliances beyond the ethno-national bond. In Tsagarousianou R., & Retis-Rivas J. (Eds.) The handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture (pp. 179-192). Wiley-Blackwell.
Rudnick, L., & Witteborn, S., & Edmonds, R. (2018). Engaging change: Exploring the adaptive and generativepotential of Cultural Discourse Analysis findings for policies and social programs. In M. Scollo, & T. Milburn (Eds.) Engaging and transforming global communication through Cultural Discourse Analysis: A Tribute to Donal Carbaugh (pp. 253-272). Rowman & Littlefield.
Witteborn, S. & Huang, Q. (2017). Diaosi (underdog talk) as a way of relating in contemporary China. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.), The handbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 142-154). New York: Routledge.
Witteborn, S. (2015). Intercultural competence. In Tracy, K. (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of language and social interaction (p. 856). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Witteborn, S. (2012). Forced migrants, new media practices, and the creation of locality. In. I. Volkmer (Ed.), The Handbook of global media research (pp.312-330). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Witteborn, S. (2011). Gendering cyberspace: Transnational mappings and Uyghur diasporic politics. In R. S. Hegde (Ed.), Circuits of visibility: Gender and transnational media cultures (pp. 268-283). New York: NYU Press.
Stewart, J., Zediker, K., & Witteborn, S. (2005). Constructing identities. In J. Stewart (Ed.), Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (9th ed., pp. 64-76). New York: McGraw-Hill College Publishers.
Stewart, J., Zediker, K., & Witteborn, S. (2005). Empathic and dialogic listening. In J. Stewart (Ed.), Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (9th ed., pp. 219-237). New York: McGraw-Hill College Publishers.
Stewart, J., Zediker, K., & Witteborn, S. (2005). Deception, betrayal, and aggression. In J. Stewart (Ed.), Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (9th ed., pp. 405-416). New York: McGraw-Hill College Publishers.
Smets, K., Leurs, K., Georgiou, M., Witteborn, S., & Gajjala, R. (Eds.) (2019). The SAGE handbook of media and migration. London: SAGE Publications Ltd
Stewart, J., Zediker. K., & Witteborn, S. (2016). Together: Communicating interpersonally. A social construction approach (6th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press (Korean Language Translation).
Stewart, J., Zediker. K., & Witteborn, S. (2005). Together: Communicating interpersonally. A social construction approach (6th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.