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CALL FOR PAPERS
Diaspora Cities: Urban Mobility and Dwelling
Wednesday 16th September 2009
Organised by the Department of Geography and 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 Friday 10 July 2009 to Dr Shompa Lahiri at s.lahiri[at]qmul.ac.uk
Registration is free but places are limited. To confirm your place, please email s.lahiri[at]qmul.ac.uk by 15 August 2009.
Visit http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/diasporacities/ to find out more about the conference and the Diaspora Cities research project.
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