Diaspora Cities Conference, call for papers

15 06 2009


A one-day conference Wednesday 16 September 2009

The Department of Geography and The City Centre Queen Mary, University of London

This one-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the critical relationships between cities and diasporas. Drawing on historical and contemporary research, this conference will address the ways in which the city, as a place of departure, travel, sojourn and resettlement, is a site of diasporic mobility and dwelling. Through its focus on urban diasporas and the importance of the city in fostering diasporic identities, imaginations and networks, the conference will extend debates about migration and diaspora; transnational and postcolonial urbanism; cosmopolitan cities; and urban memory. The conference is funded by The Leverhulme Trust and convened by the Diaspora Cities research project team based at QMUL (Alison Blunt, Jayani Bonnerjee, Noah Hysler-Rubin and Shompa Lahiri).

Abstracts are invited from researchers working on the relationships between cities and diasporas with reference to particular cities and to wider conceptual themes. Conference themes are likely to include: – Diasporic memories, imaginings and experiences of the city- Tales of urban mobility and dwelling in life stories, cultural practices, text and images- The emotional, embodied and sensory geographies of diaspora cities- Public and private spaces of diaspora urbanism- Diasporic practices, networks and the neo-liberal city- Comparative studies of diaspora cities- Mobility and dwelling in relation to urban modernities, cosmopolitanism and consumption.

Please email abstracts of up to 200 words by 10 July 2009 to: Dr Shompa Lahiri – S.Lahiri@qmul.ac.uk

Registration is free but places are limited. To confirm your place, please email S.Lahiri@qmul.ac.uk by 15 August 2009

Visit The project website to find out more about the conference and the Diaspora Cities research project




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