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CANCELLED: Belonging under the fluid conditions of contemporary modernity

16 March 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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This event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Victoria Redclift

This webinar will explore a qualitative study of two religion-oriented diasporic communities - the Amish of rural Pennsylvania (USA) and a Jewish community in London (UK).

This presentation draws on findings from field research with Amish communities in rural Pennsylvania and a Jewish community in London. This research explores ways in which religion-oriented diasporic communities negotiate the fluid conditions of contemporary modernity. 

Though these case studies are not intended to provide direct comparison, themes emerging from both case studies highlight the multi-layered nature of belonging to communities conceptualised as ‘traditional’ in a fluid, ever-changing modernity, effectively siting such communities and modernity as inseparable and co-constituting.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


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About the Speaker

Daniella Shaw

PhD student at the University of Surrey

Daniella holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds and an MA in Ethnicity, Globalisation and Culture from the University of London.

Her masters dissertation explored ideas of exile, memory, home and nationhood in Jewish and Rastafarian cultural writings. Daniella worked for more than a decade in the field of intercultural and interreligious understanding, founding a UN award-winning Parliamentary mentoring programme for young people of different backgrounds. 

Daniella’s doctoral research looks at how communities conceptualised as traditional negotiate the fluid conditions of contemporary modernity, with an emphasis on diasporic faith-based communities (Jewish and Amish).

She seeks to rethink a set of underlying assumptions about characteristics, historicity and dialectical relationships between the ‘traditional’ and the ‘modern’ within late/liquid modernity. Her research explores themes such as boundary-making, belonging and changing communal practices.