Diaspora Nationalism Workshop

Date(s) - 26/10/2018
10:00 - 16:00

Clement House, London School of Economics

This postgraduate/early career researcher workshop centres on the theme of diaspora nationalism. Please submit your abstract (max 250) words through this abstract submission form by 30 June 2018. 

Influenced by scholarship on ‘long-distance nationalism’ (Anderson, 1983) and subsequent studies of the role of diaspora and migrant communities in fostering connections towards the ‘homeland’, this workshop seeks to interrogate new dynamics in expressions of diasporic identities. Of interest are rituals, traditions, and practices performed by members of diasporas to maintain continuities within communities. Comparisons can also be made between diasporas, including forced exile, refugee status, economic opportunities, and twice-migrant journeys, as settlement patterns. This workshop will also consider political engagements utilising various social media, grassroots protests, lobbying efforts, fundraising, and ‘community’ events, as well as other activities that can be used to cultivate belonging within a diasporic nationalism.

This workshop invites papers that explore both historical and contemporary diaspora nationalism by a variety of methods. It seeks to encompass quantitative and qualitative research including ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, focus groups, surveys/polling, media analysis, and mixed methods. By highlighting multi-disciplinary and multi-regional approaches, this workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing methodological interventions in the study of diaspora nationalism.

  • Potential topics for discussion include:
  • Diaspora consciousness and identity building
  • Minority and majority relations
  • Political mobilization, participation, and/or activism
  • First-, second-, and third-generation dynamics
  • Religion and diaspora
  • Race, gender, and/or class within diaspora(s)

Dr Edward Anderson (University of Cambridge) will deliver the keynote address on methodological approaches to researching long-distance nationalism and the importance, and challenges, of multidisciplinarity.

This is a one-day workshop which will take place on 26 October 2018 at the London School of Economics. It is aimed at doctoral students and post-doc/early career researchers. It will be comprised of approximately 20-30 participants. The expected cost of attendance is £10.

Questions should be directed to Eviane Leidig (eviane.leidig@c-rex.uio.no) or the ASEN Coordinator (asen@asen.ac.uk)

Please submit your abstract (max 250) words through this abstract submission form by 30 June 2018.