Discovering Diaspora: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Discovering Diaspora: A Multidisciplinary Approach


This volume brings together research that critically approaches the changing phenomenon of diaspora, arguably one of the key issues in the field of humanities and social sciences today.

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The changing phenomenon of diaspora, with all its transnational implications, may well be regarded as one of the most important issues in the field of humanities and social sciences. Rather than focus on one discipline or method, this volume acknowledges that a better understanding of the dynamics of diaspora can be gained in different, complementary ways: through analysis of diaspora literature, by interaction and interviews within diaspora communities, by structural and content analysis of online sources and communication, … Therefore, it brings together research that critically approaches diaspora from different sides, wielding different methodological tools. The material this volume is comprised of does not only function as an overview of contemporary diaspora-related research from different fields, but will also provide food for thought, and aims to inspire future interdisciplinary research on the topic of migration and diaspora.

Natasha Miletic and Tine Vekemans

Part I Perspectives

Diaspora, Identity and Negativity: The Exile from the 1939 Spanish Exile
Manuel J. Villalba

Undead Places: Spectral Ontology of Ghostly Rural Areas
César Losada Romero

Economics and Diaspora
S. Ram Vemuri

Part II Negotiating Diasporic Identity

Diaspora at the Crossroads: Two Regional Greek Communities in Australia
Melissa Afentoulis and Andrea Cleland

Mothering on a Diasporic Soil: A Case Study of Ten Working-Class Immigrant Chinese Mothers in the Netherlands
Shu-Yi Huang

Diasporization of Zingari and Muslim Greeks between Complicity and Failure of Multiculturalism
Jihan Zakarriya

Island Travels: An Intergenerational Story
Talei Smith

Part III ‘Doing’ Diaspora through New Media

Safeguarding Endangered Languages in Diaspora’s Virtual World
Mariana Pereira

Narrating the Palestinian Nation in Cyberspace, the Memory of the Nakba and Online Archives: New Forms of Narration of the Palestinian Diasporic Community
Olga Solombrino

Transnational Connections and Religious Development in the Jain Diaspora through an Exploration of the e-Diaspora
Tine Vekemans

#OFW: Social Media and Public Discourse Regarding Overseas Filipino Workers
Dana R. Herrera

Part IV Exploring Diaspora through Literature

From Ballarat to Surry Hills: Literature, Architecture and Irish Diaspora in Australia
Angeline O’Neill

John MacKenzie’s ‘Georgetown Memories’: Re-Imagining Home and Homeland
Kristen Smith

Chutnification of Asian ‘Masala’ in British Asian Diaspora and the Myth of Trishanku
Mrunal Chavda

The Stories We Tell: Drifting and Linking in Dionne Brand’s Prose
Eshe Mercer-James

The Camera Obscura Motif in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction: New Identities ‘Revealed’ in Transit
Ahmed Mulla

Fictional Representations of Contemporary Diasporas: The Case of the Invisible Diasporic Women of Chimamanda Adichie
Claudio Braga and Glaucia R. Gonçalves

Gender Ideologies and Diasporic Identity in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake
Elizabeth Jackson

After years of involvement with South Asian migrants as a social assistant and interpreter, Tine Vekemans now works at the department of Languages and Cultures of Ghent University, where she pursues a PhD on Jainism in diaspora, and teaches classes on modern history of South Asia. More particularly, Tine’s research interest lies in the intersections of religion, migration and media.

Natasha Miletic is an International Relations Specialist pursuing a Master of Arts at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs (Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies). Natasha’s experience with the International Organization for Migration deepened her academic interests in migration studies. Her research directly pertains to comparative politics, diaspora engagement, human trafficking, European Union enlargement, and security.