Digital Diasporas

Digital Diasporas

Tatiana Benjamin

Space, Place, & Identity in the Digital Age

Book Review

 

Brinkerhoff, Jennifer. Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

 

Digital Diasporas explores the role…

Week 14: Transnationalism, Internationalism, Borders, and Movement

Week 14: Transnationalism, Internationalism, Borders, and Movement

1. I am thinking words and language, and ask a similar first question to Jessica’s first query.  It feels like a very basic, but also relevant: what is the difference between international and transnational and…

Transnational…

Transnational…

 

What’s a nation state and how is it different from nation?

 

Both works emphasize how transnational subject must negotiate between a territoriality that locates national belonging within a nations’ borders and the flow…

transnational migration

transnational migration

1) Basch mentions transmigrants becoming “deterritorialized” as nation-state boundaries are not fixed anymore (8). There is an increasing push to maintain forms of cultural citizenship for transmigrants in both origin and target countries, which clearly…

Transnationalism and Diaspora

Transnationalism and Diaspora

1. How do transnationalism and diaspora trouble last week’s conversation about borders? We discussed borders as interstitial spaces in which violences, nation-building, and identity-formation occur and are consistently reified, but the analytic of border tended…

Race After the Internet

Race After the Internet

Race After The Internet is a collection of essays that examines our conceptualizations of race and racial identities in an era of increasing digital media use.  It has been almost 20 years since the iconic…

W14: Transnational Communication

W14: Transnational Communication

  1. Georgiou argues that “diasporic continuity is as much about the imagining of a common origin and a common fate as it is about the transnationalization of possible common imaginings, which are particular and specific

Cosmopolitanism and Transnational Spatial Practices

Cosmopolitanism and Transnational Spatial Practices

Space: the final frontier. (I’ve been waiting to make this joke all semester.)

 

Questions:

  1. I’m wondering about the language of cosmopolitanism. According to Georgiou, the term is supposed to draw our attention to

Transational space

Transational space

1. It is really interesting the conceptualization of transnationalism as proposed by Bash et al. However, there is something that is still not clear to me. It seems that the authors think about migrants who…

Weekly Post 14

Weekly Post 14

1: Based on the definition put forth by the Georgiu reading, diaspora is a very broad term. While it’s generally associated with disasters, could this definition of diaspora apply to even individual movement for economic…

Empire and Nation

Empire and Nation

Anderson notes how Kaiser Wilhelm articulates his national identity by stating that he “was one among many of the same kind as himself” and that when one serves a representative function they are also stating…

Definitions:

Space: that which we create in and around us by virtue of our embodied social practices or relationships with other bodies (including objects).

Place: those specific spaces or locations to which we are affectively…

Borders and Empire

Borders and Empire

  1. In Border as Method, I kept getting caught up in thinking about a border as an actual physical thing. When the authors suggest looking at things from a position at/on the border, it is

Week 12: Borders, Computing, and Empire

Week 12: Borders, Computing, and Empire

This week’s readings brought us back to thinking about the nation, and pushed us to think more about boundaries, borders, and flows in an era of Empire and globalization.  Various articles also address the question…

borders and the Empire

borders and the Empire

1) I’m interested in Mezzadra’s concepts of labor borders. I wonder how migrant labor borders are reimagined when laborers are working in different nations, promoting that nation’s economic growth, but simultaneously sending remittances back to…