Guest Lecture on Kurdish Diaspora | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Guest Lecture on Kurdish Diaspora

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 07:30

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
11:30 A.M. 

Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles will be giving a guest lecture on the Kurdish diaspora at AUIS. 
He is a Research Fellow at the Department of Leadership, Work and Organisations, Middlesex University, and is a research fellow at Middlesex University, working on ethno-national conflicts, migration, media, representation identity and statelessness. He is also the author of the book titled Media, Diaspora and Conflict: Nationalism and Identity amongst Turkish and Kurdish Migrants in Europe.  
Here is the abstract of his lecture: 
A key characteristic of diasporas without a home-state is their strong ethnic group consciousness, based on shared memories of trauma and loss but also on the shared political aspiration for an imagined homeland. Diasporas sustain a sense of community, across and beyond the locality, through various forms of communication and online and off-line networks. The internet and its applications such as social media have revolutionized the way stateless diasporas communicate transnationally. This new virtual, deterritorialized conversation between diasporic individuals contributes to building (digital) social networks which constitute resources and opportunities for diasporas and play a central role in social and geographical mobility. Drawing on three different research projects that include Kurdish transnational media practices in 2009, undocumented young people in 2013, and “return migration” from the UK to Kurdistan region in 2015, this seminar will focus on the role of the internet in connecting diasporas without a home nation-state, encouraging subordinated people to participate in civic society, and creating a collective source of digital social capital in the diaspora. It argues that the internet, particularly in the form of social media, contributes to the growth of social networks, social capital and the community’s cultural and political participation within and across nation-state borders.
Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the discussion. 
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