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
I specialize in transnational migration and technologies and have worked with migrants in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. My current research stands at the intersection between critical technology studies and mobilities, with a focus on understanding the practices and lived experiences of those moving through transnational and transcultural spaces. I have contributed to the political economy of mobility, biometrics and migration studies, data privacy, and AI and ethics in theoretical and applied ways. 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
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
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. (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.
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
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. & 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. (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 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. (2003). Communicative competence revisited: An emic approach to studying intercultural communicative competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 32, 187-203.
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. (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).