Collapsed Temporalities in Social Media

Cuban Immigrants in Brazil and Facebook

  • Beatriz Brandao Polivanov Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Deborah Santos Universidade Federal Fluminense
Keywords: Migration, Collapsed Temporalities, Facebook, Brazil, Cuba.


Social network sites (SNSs) raise complex questions regarding the perception of time. They can also produce a feeling of “co-presence” (Miller, 2011), mixing temporalities of “past, present and future”. Within their affordances, SNSs generate “collapsed contexts” (Marwick and boyd, 2010). When it comes to migrants that leave their home countries, such tools are frequently used in order to maintain a connection with family, friends and land that were left behind. This paper aims at proposing the notion of “collapsed temporalities” to reflect upon Cuban migrants who (voluntarily and legally) moved to Brazil. Apart from the theoretical discussion, we analyze self-narratives on Facebook of two Cuban immigrants, who had agreed to participate in the research and also conceded us online interviews. We argue that, once displaced, they have to deal with multiple layers of temporalities that affect their own self-narratives in terms of language and content.

Author Biography

Deborah Santos, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Deborah Rodríguez Santos is a PhD candidate, with a scholarship from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), of the Communication Graduate Program at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Master in Communication Sciences by the same institution. Bachelor in Communication Studies by Universidad de La Habana. She currently develops a research focused in social media uses of Cuban immigrants in Brazil. Her research interests involve social media uses, narratives and identity construction. 

November 28, 2020
How to Cite
Polivanov, B. B., & Santos, D. (2020). Collapsed Temporalities in Social Media: Cuban Immigrants in Brazil and Facebook. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 13(2), 19-32.