Diaspora Nationalism Workshop

Date(s) - 26/10/2018
08:00 - 16:30

Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor, Old Building, LSE

This postgraduate/early career researcher workshop centres on the theme of diaspora nationalism. This is a one-day workshop which will take place on 26 October 2018 at the London School of Economics.

The programme is available to download here: ASEN Workshop Diaspora Nationalism Programme

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.

If you have been invited to participate, please pay your £10 contribution with the option below.

If you would like to join ASEN at the same time, and receive this year’s editions of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and Nations and Nationalism, please also add a membership to your order.

For any enquiry, contact the Workshop Chair – Eviane Leidig – (eviane.leidig@crex.uio.no) or the ASEN Coordinator – Javier Carbonell – (asen@asen.ac.uk).

Call for papers

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)