5 janvier 2008

5th July - 7th July 2008

1st Global Conference
Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues

Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore thecontemporary experience of Diasporas – communities who conceive of themselves as a national, ethnic, linguistic or other form of cultural and political construction of collective membership living outside of their `home lands.' In particular, key issues to be addressed include:what are the defining characteristics of Diasporas and what distinguishes one from the other? What role does `home' and `host' cultures play in developing relationships between communities in a global environment? How new is the concept of Diasporas; does it capture new global realities or designate old phenomena in a new way?

The project will also assess the larger context of major world transformations, for example, new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact and contribution of globalisation on tensions, conflicts and the sense of acceptance, rootedness and membership. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand
what it means for people today to have diasporic experiences and a multiplicity of social, political and cultural memberships.

In particular papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels
are invited on any of the following

1. Defining and Grasping the Concept of Diasporas
* What are the criteria, processes and key elements that define a Diaspora?
* Identifying the role of - culture and politics; home and host; space
and time; centre and periphery; numbers and collective imagination;
class, opportunities, money and new communication technologies

* Are all migratory communities Diasporas? What are the significant differences between being a migrant and a member of a diasporic community?

* Has the concept of `Diaspora' evolved and developed? What have been the latest developments?

* What is shared among Diasporas? What is not shared among the Diasporas? Who has access to diasporic membership in home and host contexts?

2. Migration, Settlement and Identity
* What does it mean, today, to belong to a nation, to an ethnic,
religious or linguistic group, to a culture and to settle in a place
that one does not call home?
* New migratory flows and massive movements from peripheral to central
countries and their impact on the formation of Diasporas and the
emergence of multiple senses of identity
* Communities on the move, uprootedness and identity. How do
identities get preserved?
* Are Diasporas an indication of the possibility of post-national
realities or a different way of affirming the place of the nation in
our sense of identity?
* How do Diasporas connect to social movements, new rebellion and
alternative global politics

3. Culture, Belonging and Collective Imaginations
* Recent changes in geographical movements, space, home-host conceptions
* The impact and implication of communication technologies on identity
formations and the sense of belonging
* Globalisation and the claims of Diasporas. What are the implications
for traditions, language, literature, arts, cinema, television and
other forms of representation and cultural production?
* New forms of global exclusion. Who can claim belonging to a Diaspora?
* Sustaining belonging: home, homeland, roots and rootedness, feelings
of connectedness or alienation, nostalgia and the need for returning home
* Identity and belonging as destiny and as choice

4. Institutions and Diasporas
* Institutions that allow, maintain and reproduce Diasporas.
Structures and forces which work against their formation?
* Economic disparities, institutional injustices and the making of
diasporic realities. Tensions, contradictions and conflicts -
political, economic and cultural forms of citizenship and their place
in the Diasporas imagination and organization
* The cultural and political context of host countries: acceptance vs
xenophobia, fear and ignorance vs openness and knowledge
* Diasporas in the making of social and public policy in host and home
countries: remittances and economic dependencies, professions and
commodity exchanges, social and cultural interlacing, policies of
mutual recognition

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts
should be submitted by Friday 1st February 2008. If your paper is
accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper
should be submitted by Friday 6th June 2008.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If
you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did
not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest,
then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Joint Organising Chairs

Dr. S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin, NT 0909, Australia
Email: ram.vemuri@cdu. edu.au

Dr Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary. Net
Priory House, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
United Kingdom
Email: dias@inter-discipli nary.net

The conference is part of the `Transformations' research projects,
which in turn belong to the `Critical Issues ' programmes of ID.Net.
It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to
share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and
challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference
are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be
developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

For further details about the project please visit:
http://www.inter- disciplinary. net/ci/transform ations/diasporas /diasporas. html

For further details about the conference please visit:
http://www.inter- disciplinary. net/ci/transform ations/diasporas /d1/cfp.html

Dr Rob Fisher
Inter-Disciplinary. Net
Priory House, Wroslyn road, Freeland, Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
Tel: +44 (0)1993 882087
Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132
Email: dias@inter-discipli nary.net
Visit the website at
http://www.inter- disciplinary. net/ci/transform ations/diasporas /d1/cfp.html
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