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The World in Movement

Performative Identities and Diasporas

Edited by Alfonso de Toro and Juliane Tauchnitz

This book focuses on one of the main issues of our time in the Humanities and Social Sciences as it analyzes the impact of current global migrations on new forms of living together and the formation of identities and homes. Using a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach the contributions shed fresh light upon key concepts such as ‘ hybrid-performative diaspora’, ‘ transidentities’,‘ hospitality’, ‘ belonging’, ‘ emotion’, ‘ body’ and ‘ desire’. Those concepts are discussed in the context of Cuban, US-American, Maghrebian, Moroccan, Spanish, Catalan, French, Turkish, Jewish, Argentinian, Indian, and Italian literatures, cultures and religions.
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Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933

Changing Visual and Material Culture

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Edited by Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson, Sarah MacDougall and Anna Nyburg

Yearbook Volume 19 continues an investigation which began with Arts in Exile in Britain 1933-45 (Volume 6, 2004). Twelve chapters, ten in English and two in German, address and analyse the significant contribution of émigrés across the applied arts, embracing mainstream practices such as photography, architecture, advertising, graphics, printing, textiles and illustration, alongside less well known fields of animation, typography and puppetry. New research adds to narratives surrounding familiar émigré names such as Oskar Kokoschka and Wolf Suschitzky, while revealing previously hidden contributions from lesser known practitioners. Overall, the volume provides a valuable addition to the understanding of the applied arts in Britain from the 1930s onwards, particularly highlighting difficulties faced by refugees attempting to continue fractured careers in a new homeland.

Contributors are: Rachel Dickson, Burcu Dogramaci, Deirdre Fernand, Fran Lloyd, David Low, John March, Sarah MacDougall, Anna Nyburg, Pauline Paucker, Ines Schlenker, Wilfried Weinke, and Julia Winckler.
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Both Muslim and European

Diasporic and Migrant Identities of Bosniaks

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Edited by Dževada Šuško

The edited volume Both Muslim and European: Diasporic and Migrant Identities of Bosniaks scrutinizes some of the new aspects of the Bosniak history and identity and connects them with the experience of migration and diaspora formation. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, to volume tackles a variety of important questions and issues such as: the impact of migration waves on the Bosniak identity; dealing with the experience of war, genocide and forced displacement; the dual cultural code of being “in-between the two worlds”; the role of religion, language and culture in everyday life; looking at translocal and transnational networks and practices. In addition to discussing the contemporary issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, several chapters deal with the Bosnian migrant realities in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Australia, Turkey and the United States of America.
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The Peregrine Profession

Transnational Mobility of Nordic Engineers and Architects, 1880-1930

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Per-Olof Grönberg

In The Peregrine Profession Per-Olof Grönberg offers an account of the pre-1930 transnational mobility of engineers and architects educated in the Nordic countries 1880-1919. Outlining a system where learning mobility was more important than labour market mobility, the author shows that more than every second graduate went abroad. Transnational mobility was stronger from Finland and Norway than from Denmark and Sweden, partly because of slower industrialisation and deficiencies in the domestic technical education. This mobility included all parts of the world but concentrated on the leading industrial countries in German speaking Europe and North America. Significant majorities returned and became agents of technology transfer and technical change. Thereby, these mobile graduates also became important for Nordic industrialisation
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Edited by Harjinder Singh Majhail and Sinan Dogan

This book offers fascinating insights into the concept of diaspora by presenting a portrait gallery of writers highlighting diasporas on Welsh, Mauritian, Palestinian, Circassian Kurdish, British Sikh, Dutch Hindustani, Indian, Tamil and African experiences. Harjinder Singh Majhail and Sinan Dogan present the world of diasporas in interesting portrayals such as Gulnur’s research into Circassian history lying hidden in Yistanbulako elegy, Enaya’s visits into Milwaukee in Wisconsin where Palestinian Muslim women marry outside their religion because of the non-availability of suitable partners in their community and Harjinder Majhail’s sojourns into J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy portraying a teenager girl’s brave encounters in British Sikh diaspora. Contributors are Vitor Lopes Andrade, Kimberly Berg, Amenah Jahangeer Chojoo, Gülnur Demirci, Sinan Doğan, Jaswina Elahi, Ruben Gawricharn, Lola Guyot, Nadine Hassouneh, Harjinder Singh Majhail and Enaya Hammad Othman.
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The Portuguese Slave Trade in Early Modern Japan

Merchants, Jesuits and Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Slaves

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Lúcio De Sousa

In The Portuguese Slave Trade in Early Modern Japan: Merchants, Jesuits and Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Slaves Lucio de Sousa offers a study on the system of traffic of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean slaves from Japan. Using the Portuguese mercantile networks, de Sousa reconstructs the Japanese communities in the Habsburg Empire; and analyses the impact of the Japanese slave trade on the Iberian legislation produced in the 16th and first half of the 17th centuries.
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Chinese and African Entrepreneurs

Social Impacts of Interpersonal Encounters

Edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing

This book offers in-depth accounts of encounters between Chinese and African social and economic actors that have been increasing rapidly since the early 2000s. With a clear focus on social changes, be it quotidian behaviour or specific practices, the authors employ multi-disciplinary approaches in analysing the various impacts that the intensifying interaction between Chinese and Africans in their roles as ethnic and cultural others, entrepreneurial migrants, traders, employers, employees etc. have on local developments and transformations within the host societies, be they on the African continent or in China. The dynamics of social change addressed in case studies cover processes of social mobility through migration, adaptation of business practices, changing social norms, consumption patterns, labour relations and mutual perceptions, cultural brokerage, exclusion and inclusion, gendered experiences, and powerful imaginations of China.

Contributors are Karsten Giese, Guive Khan Mohammad, Katy Lam, Ben Lampert, Kelly Si Miao Liang, Laurence Marfaing, Gordon Mathews, Giles Mohan, Amy Niang, Yoon Jung Park, Alena Thiel, Naima Topkiran.
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Gülnur Demirci

The Circassia-Russo War, which later turned into Circassian exile in 1864, witnessed a most tragic event of world history. Circassian culture has been in decline and gradually lost its influence since the war. Circassians in diaspora, however, blending the inherited antiquity, Christianity, and Islam, have sought to maintain their cultural heritage. Yet, their linguistic existence has increasingly inclined to disappear with educational integration and rising urbanisation. T. Esinc (d.1992) was recorded to be the last person to speak Ubykh, a native Circassian dialect, in Turkey. Having preferred a romantic nationalism, Circassians in Turkey subtly challenged the denomination of migrant by highlighting a coerced separation from homeland. This chapter deals with the Circassian Elegy for the Migrants called ‘Yistanbulako’, in which pain of the post-war migrants/exiles of 1864 is represented. The contemporary Circassian narratees re-cultivate hope and future from the sad stories of their ancestors and build up an imaginary homeland living through literature, songs and dance. Rereading ‘Yistanbulako’, the Circassian diaspora, the post-traumatic Circassian narratees, are increasingly getting involved in the mythos to make up their identity; the contemporary addressee of the elegy can have new insights into the Circassian tragedy. Apart from historical and political controversies, this chapter explores Circassian experience of the exile of a diasporic community, having remained unexpressed, muted and forgotten due to exclusion from historiography. The chapter demonstrates that the elegy does not merely provide memory and myth, but also exposes a discourse of exile subverting the migrant identity.

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Sinan Doğan

The present research is an attempt to investigate politically framed cultural models of Kurdish diaspora, such as Kurdish feminism, super-diversity, and conflict. I discuss the roles of these models in constructing autonomous-related self-concepts. The study is based on an ethnographic research among Kurdish diasporic communities in North West England. I aim to present the findings of my ethnographic fieldwork through the brief critique of the literature. Also, I intend to reveal some of the distinctive answers for refugee and immigration crises throughout the globe. Self-concept mediates and shapes the formation of relationships in immigration and acculturation contexts, and how immigrant individuals place themselves into diasporic community, and into the other societal units. Previous literature about cultural self-concepts and acculturation psychology, by neglecting the experiential processes of acculturating selves, has focused on binaries such as individualism-collectivism or heritage culture-host culture. Provided the need for focusing on processes, an enquiry of psychological anthropology becomes relevant and necessary. By drawing on this, I suggest that Kurdish feminism, as a mode of third-wave radical feminism, actively deconstructs the indifference of liberal Western feminism to human relatedness. Ongoing struggles in the homeland(s), in relation to transnational involvement of the diaspora members, entangle themselves by diffusing the politics into culture. This highly politicised cultural model of conflict leads to consider other-focused emotions and collectivity while allowing moral autonomy and decision-making. Moreover, the multicultural environments in both homeland and immigration context create modes of social organisation based on solidarity which consciously allows the autonomous development and self-expression.

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Nadine Hassouneh

Not all diasporic experiences have been perceived and studied under a diaspora-focused lens; some diasporas have been made invisible and their voices made inaudible, of which the Palestinians are a sounding example. While there are a few authors who studied the Palestinians as a diaspora, there remain many gaps that require filling and various questions that require answering. Topics related to how, and to what extent, labelling influences lives, along with the ways some lives are researched and investigated have been surprisingly quiet, so far. The inaudibility of the Palestinian diasporic experience paralleled with the audibility of their experience, as one firmly twinned with refugeedom is a phenomenon worth exploring.