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EUROPE: New Voices, New Perspectives

Here we have a number of studies by different research centres in the world touching on the topic of Diasporic Literature.

The first one of these is a 56 page document containing the proceedings from the Contemporary Europe Research Centre Postgraduate Conference, 2005/2006, edited by Matt Killingsworth.  This publication represents a number of significant firsts. It is the first book published under the auspices of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Melbourne. It is also the first publication in Australia devoted entirely to postgraduates whose research is European focused. As such, this publication represents an important milestone in Australian-based research that is devoted to all issues European.

The interest to Diasporic comes from Anna Dimitriou’s (School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University) paper on page 30 of this document, titled “Diasporic Greek-Australian Writing Deconstructed: Challenging Europe with New voices, New perspectives“.

Here’s the complete Conference sumbissions.

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Diasporic Literature and Theory – Where Now?

Editor: Mark Shackleton
Date Of Publication: Nov 2008
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-0013-6
Isbn: 1-4438-0013-9
The theoretical innovations of Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, James Clifford and others have in recent years vitalized postcolonial and diaspora studies, challenging ways in which we understand ‘culture’ and developing new ways of thinking beyond the confines of the nation state. The articles in this volume look at recent developments in diasporic literature and theory, alluding to the work of seminal diaspora theoreticians, but also interrogating such thinkers in the light of recent cultural production (including literature, film and visual art) as well as recent world events.

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Theories of Diaspora and Decolonization

theoriesBrady Smith

Year of Publications: 2015

I work on literary and environmental history in Africa, especially the interplay between environmental history and literary form. My book project, Southern African Literatures: An Environmental History develops an alternative history of the literatures of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique from the 19th century to the present, one meant to show how their longstanding engagement with the problem of modernity on the subcontinent has been an exploration of its ecological foundations as well.

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Diaspora and Transnationalism

Theorist: Thomas Faist
Year of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 978 90 8964 238 7
Title: Diaspora and Transnationalism, What kind of dance partners?

Over the past decades, the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism have served as prominent research lenses through which to view the aftermath of international migration and the shifting of state borders across populations. The research has focused on delineating the genesis and reproduction of transnational social formations, as well as the particular macro-societal contexts in which these cross-border social formations have operated, such as ‘globalisation’ and ‘multiculturalism’. Although both terms refer to cross-border processes, diaspora has been often used to denote religious or national groups living outside an (imagined) homeland, whereas transnationalism is often used both more narrowly – to refer to migrants’ durable ties across countries – and, more widely, to capture not only communities, but all sorts of social formations, such as transnationally active networks, groups and organisations. Moreover, while diaspora and transnationalism are sometimes used interchangeably, the two terms reflect different intellectual genealogies. The revival of the notion of diaspora and the advent of transnational approaches can be used productively to study central questions of social and political change and transformation…

One Comment so far:

  1. Anna Dimitriou says:

    Dear Iakovos
    Thank you for the opportunity to be a contributor to your web publications.
    In looking at the article I realized that there is a major mistake which I hadn’t realized as I am not a Dr yet. At the moment I have virtually completed my thesis but have not had it examined.
    I did not pick up on the error as I was engrossed in corrections on my submissions.
    As my husband is Dr Dimitriou,
    I thought the email was being sent to him and hence did not realise the error. Please correct this misrepresentation.
    When I have published other articles I would like to send them to you if that is okay.
    Regards
    Anna

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