Silvia Almenara Niebla Visiting Academic

30 July to 30 September 2018

Silvia is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at the University of La Laguna, in Canary Islands, Spain. Her project “Digital refugee diasporas, gender and identities: processes, uses and strategies from the Western Sahara” is focused on the study of the process of digital migration of the Sahrawi refugee diaspora outside the Algeria-based refugee camps particularly in Spain and Mauritania. Drawing on qualitative research, it looks at how social media has become a space where Sahrawi people inside and outside the refugee camps converge, and the gendered implications that this connection has for Sahrawi women. Her key areas of interest include digital media and gender studies, transnational identity formation, and ethnographic methods. Her academic background is focused on international politics and African studies, having earned a BA in Political Science at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and a MA in International Relations and African Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). Her work is supported by the funding program for PhD students of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society financed by the European Social Fund.