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Warwick Sociology Seminar Series - "Diaspora as Translation and Provocation"

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Location: S0.19

Dr Ipek Demir from the University of Leicester will discuss ""Diaspora as Translation and Provocation".

Abstract: My paper will critically evaluate the well-rehearsed ‘here/there/nowhere’ types of understandings of diasporic identities and instead examine how and why diaspora should be seen as a provocation – that diasporas settle the orders in the new home and back at home, but also globally. I will argue that diaspora should thus be understood in relation to the contemporary global order, and especially in relation to central frictions of our time, and thus bring diaspora in conversation with the literature on race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, the global south and the recent upsurge in white nationalism. My paper will then attempt to think though diaspora via the notion of translation, especially by employing concepts such as foreignization, diaspora as rewriting, and erasure.

All welcome. The seminar will be followed by light refreshments.

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