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Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies

ISSN: 1044-2057; eISSN: 1911-1568

Diaspora was founded in 1991, capturing the zeitgeist of a world where borders are transgressed and elastic, boundaries are fractured and permeable, identities increasingly fluid and adaptable. The forces of globalization reinvigorated old diasporas, and stimulated and supported the creation of new ones. Diasporas evolved from being the paradigmatic ‘Others of the Nation State’ to ‘exemplary communities of the transnational moment’ (Khachig Tölölyan, The Nation-State and its Others: in Lieu of a Preface, Diaspora 1(1991) 3-7).

The establishment of Diaspora was a seminal moment in marking what has become the field of Diaspora Studies, setting out and nurturing an expanding project that recognizes its roots in historic Jewish, Armenian, and Greek diasporas, to include and embrace transnational formations and phenomena challenging the established models and concepts for the study of nation-states, societies and cultures. This substantive transformation of the discourse of diaspora studies has entailed theoretical reflection, and a vigorous and continual rethinking of older definitions on behalf of more capacious conceptualizations of new forms of dispersion, diaspora and transnationalism. Discourses ranging from Postcolonial Studies and World Literature, and themes from environmental migrants to global networks, contribute to this work that rethinks mobility and mobilization and thus reorients traditional accounts of home, homeland, host state and diaspora.  Diaspora welcomes the contributions of scholars from across the social sciences and humanities who share these intellectual concerns.

Diaspora is sponsored, owned and operated by the Zoryan Institute of Canada and of Cambridge, MA.

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