About this series
Convened by Alan Gamlen, Nicholas Van Hear and Robin Cohen
Arising from flight to escape violent conflict or from migration for betterment, diasporas are among the most prominent and controversial manifestations of increased globalization. Few communities now seem unbound from their distant members and this connectivity has significant consequences for the world order.
In a research proposal submitted to the Leverhulme Trust for the Oxford Diasporas Programme, we identify three fundamental dynamics that animate the formation of diasporas and shape their impacts – connectedness, contestation and convergence.
Our aim in the research programme and in this associated seminar series is to investigate through comparative examples the social, economic, political and cultural impacts of diaspora: what are these impacts; why, how, where and when do particular impacts arise; and who initiates and experiences these impacts?
Diasporas engaged, diasporas deployed
Nicholas Van Hear
Rights in diaspora, impacts at home: portable voting and pension entitlements
Filming diaspora: Jews and Italians in New York City
Local citizenship, diaspora belonging: associational politics, faith and settlements in 20th century London
Jane Garnett, Ben Gidley, Alana Harris and Michael Keith
Youth, economic change and diaspora-local relations
Multinational families, creolized practices and new identities: Euro-Senegalese cases
Helene Neveu Kringelbach
Diasporas of khat: chewing in transnational space
David Anderson and Neil Carrier:
Hadrami diasporas: the Indian Ocean glue?
African diasporas in Africa: oxymoron or lacuna?
Perspectives on memory, mobility and cultural identities: the lusophone case
Luisa Pinto Teixeira
Diaspora and security: challenges for governance
Discussion: The Impact of Diasporas
Led by Robin Cohen, Nicholas Van Hear and Alan