Diasporas: Culture and Communication

exploring diasporic cultural and communicative practices

This network aims to bring together researchers to discuss diasporic communications, cultural production and consumption.

Diasporas of people who are living outside their actual or imagined homelands form markets for cultural or language-specific programming, both from global and local sources, and generally make use of the media in new and interesting ways. What is more, they often establish new media networks and institutions and engage in the production and distribution of content that reflects their diasporic experiences. This fluid, adaptive relationship of media and people on a global basis has implications for national media and cultures, as we have known them, even for our understanding of the very concept of culture itself.
Thus, as the relationship between diasporas and globalization is enhanced and intensified as a result of the transnationalization of the media, processes of reconfiguration of place, space and culture are set in motion which affect everyday life for diasporic communities. Electronic media, old and new, increasingly link producers and audiences across national boundaries, thus fostering the deterritorialization/ reterritorialization of diasporic identities, and challenging and transforming established notions of the nation-state; of tradition, heritage and citizenship; and of modes of belonging.

This network aims to bring together interested researchers to discuss these processes and their broader implications.

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Islam in EuropePublic Spaces and Civic NetworksSpyros A. Sofos and Roza Tsagarousianou Series: Islam and NationalismPalgrave Macmillan31 Oct 2013                          |£65.00  |Hardback            9781137357779  |224 pages                                                                            Islam in Europe delves into the daily routines of European Muslim communities in order to provide a better…See More
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Diaspora, migration, communication technologies and transnational identitiesDenise Cogo, Mohammed ElHajji, Amparo Huertas (eds.)"Bringing together 32 scholars contributing 27 chapters, this book, entitled 'Diaspora, Migration, Communication Technologies and Transnational Identities' delivers a fascinating cross-disciplinary insight into some of the current social and mediatized dynamics that inform identitary processes…See More
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Posted by Spyros A. Sofos on February 5, 2014 at 9:02pm 0 Comments

Islam in Europe

Public Spaces and Civic Networks

Spyros A. Sofos and Roza Tsagarousianou

 

Series: Islam and Nationalism

Palgrave Macmillan

31 Oct 2013                          |£65.00  |Hardback            

9781137357779  |224 pages                                                                           

 

Islam in Europe delves into the daily routines of European Muslim communities in order to provide a better understanding of what it means to be a European Muslim today. Instead of positing particular definitions of being Muslim, this volume invites and encourages a diverse body of 735 informants from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK to reflect on who they are and on the meaning and place Islam has in such considerations. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and suggesting novel ways of…

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Call for Papers

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Call for book reviews

Posted by Roza Tsagarousianou on September 10, 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Diasporas: Culture and Communication is seeking proposals for book reviews for books published within the last few years.  Send the title, author and date of publication of the book that you would like to review, along with a short description of why you think this book should be reviewed in our network website.

Book reviews must be no more than 1000 words in length.

New edited volume

Posted by Roza Tsagarousianou on July 25, 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Diaspora, migration, communication technologies and transnational identities
Denise Cogo, Mohammed ElHajji, Amparo Huertas (eds.)
"Bringing together 32 scholars contributing 27 chapters, this book, entitled 'Diaspora, Migration, Communication Technologies and Transnational Identities' delivers a fascinating cross-disciplinary insight into some of the current social and mediatized dynamics that inform identitary processes in times of radical socio-cultural and political-economic transition. While the empirical emphasis of this book is on diasporic groups and their experiences with mainly new…
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MDI/SIDA Fee Waiver Scholarships MA in Diversity and the Media for Egyptian students

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MDI/SIDA Fee Waiver Scholarships MA in Diversity and the Media for Egyptian students



The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) are offering up to three scholarships for students taking the MA in Diversity and the Media of the University of Westminster starting in September 2012. These cover the full cost of overseas tuition fees.

Students will need to be able to meet their own living costs.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 31 May 2012. In order to be eligible, before applying for the scholarships applicants should be already holding an offer of a place on the course. Deadline for applications for a place on the course is 31 March 2012.

The criteria for selection are academic or professional excellence and…

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Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of the history, culture, social structure, politics, and economics of both the traditional diasporas – Armenian, Greek, and Jewish – and the new transnational dispersions which in the past four decades have come to be identified as ‘diasporas.’ These encompass groups ranging from the African-, Chinese-,Indian-, and Mexican-American to the Ukrainian- and Haitian-Canadian, the Caribbean-British, the Antillean-French, and many others.

Published three times a year by the University of Toronto Press.

Interactions aims to encourage the development of the widest possible scholarly community both in terms of geographical location and intellectual scope in the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. Interactions recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of media, communication and cultural studies and we therefore encourage diverse themes, subjects, contexts and approaches; empirical, theoretical and historical. Our objective is to engage readers and contributors from different parts of the world in a critical debate on the myriad interconnections and interactions between communication, culture and society at the outset of the twenty first century.
Particular interests include, but are not limited to, work related to Popular Culture, Media Audiences, Political Economy, Political Communication, Media Institutions and Practices, Promotional Culture, New Media, Migration and Diasporic Studies.

International Communication Gazette is one of the world's leading communication journals publishing wide-ranging scholarly articles from the international community of communication scholars.
The journal covers all aspects of communications including the modern mass media, the traditional media, community and alternative media, telecommunications and information and communication technologies.

 

 

Through a critical overview of the past and current debate on diasporas, Diasporic Cultures and Globalization proposes linking the concept of 'diaspora' with the study of collective action. Drawing upon social movement research and transnational studies, Tsagarousianou suggests ways of looking into diasporas as transnational social actors who construct cultures, economies, political networks and engage in processes of self definition at both local and transnational level. Rejecting understandings of 'diasporas' as mere dispersed appendages of a nation or ethnic group, the author looks into the creative aspects of diasporic experience, the ways in which they disrupt the nations and nation-states that 'claim' them while still constructing narratives of provenance and heritage, and the complex politics of inclusion and difference that diasporas develop in their new homes.

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a peer-reviewed journal, published four times a year in hard copy and online. 

WPCC recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the field of Media and Cultural Studies, and therefore deliberately encourages diverse methods, contexts and themes.
Particular interests include, but are not limited to, work related to Popular Culture, Media Audiences, Political Economy, Promotional Culture, New Media, Political communication, Migration and Diasporic Studies.
A major goal of the WPCC is to help develop a de-westernised and transcultural sphere that engages both young and established scholars from different parts of the world in a critical debate about the relationship between communication, culture and society in the 21st Century.
Special Issue on Media and Migration




 

A highly innovative new course offered by the Communication and Media Research Institute of the University of Westminster and developed in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute will give students the opportunity to study and research the role of the mass media in the social construction, representation and understanding of difference and social diversity and get a critical understanding of the social and media structures and journalistic practices that impact upon these processes.

 

The course combines a portfolio of theory modules aimed to develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of managing and making sense of cultural diversity, key issues in intercultural communication and of various aspects of the sociology of news with a number of practice-oriented modules intended to give them first hand experience in the practice of inclusive journalism. 

  

You can find more information at the course web page or by emailing to the course director Dr Roza Tsagarousianou (tsagarr@westminster.ac.uk)

You can apply for the MA in Diversity and the Media here and filling in the electronic application. 


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