TGHS Annual Graduate Conference: Diaspora: Identity & Belonging (Day 1)

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Diasporas disrupt the fiction of geopolitical borders, unsettles the nation as a unit of analysis, and destabilises colonial logic that coerces (dis)placement.

For our annual graduate conference, the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar has invited our fellow historians and scholars in adjacent disciplines whose work engages with diaspora to present their work.


09:30 (UK) Panel 1: Diasporic Intimacies

Remembering Interracial Intimacies: South Asian & East African Perspectives on Black/South Asian Romance, 1880 – 1980- Carissa Chew (University of Hawai’i)
‘Internal Frontiers’: Whiteness & Intimacy in Britain’s African Colonies – Nathalie Cooper (University of Warwick)
Itineraries of Self-Respect: Labor Migration & Caste Reform Between Diasporas, 1929 – 1940 – Kelvin Ng (Yale University)
Survivalists: Communities and Kinship in Maroon Societies – Lance Parker (University of Hull)

11:00 (UK) Panel 2: Debating Diaspora

A Voice to Be Heard: Animal Diaspora in the Late Ottoman Literature- Zeynep Nur Şimşek (University of Bologna)
No Diaspora- Karno Dasgupta (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Diaspora Studies as a Diaspora of Coloniality- Christopher Frattina Della Frattina (University of Oxford)
Unpacking Colonialism and White Supremacy in Popular Culture: Ecofeminist Perspectives on History and Diasporic Communities – Kassandra Drodge (University of Ottawa)

13:30 (UK) Panel 3: Tastes Like Home

The Construction of the Homeland in Turkish Restaurant Practices in Budapest: Forming Identity, Memory & Belonging in the World of Diasporas – Kardelen Gökçedağ (Budapest Metropolitan University)
Breaking Bread, Sharing & Belonging in the Parisian Kebab Shops & Immigrant-owned Fast Food Restaurants – Shromona Jana (Independent Researcher)

14:30 (UK) Diaspora & B/orders

Negotiating Black Seminole Transnational Memory on the US-Mexican Borderlands – Emilia Sánchez González (Independent Researcher)
Afro-Oriental(ist) Anxieties: Disarticulating the Imperial Boundaries Between Africa & the Middle East – Shae Omonijo (Harvard University)
Navigating New Geographies of Diaspora in South & Southeast Asian Highlands – Suanmuanlian Tonsing (University of Michigan) & Thanglianmung (North Eastern Hill University)

16:00 (UK) Panel 5: Women, Gender & Diaspora

Female Travelers in the Black Seminole Diaspora: Historical Memory, Recognition Politics, & the Production of a Black and Native Identity – Mark Mallory (Texas A&M )
“Threads of a Past Life”: Kimono in the Lives of Japanese-Canadian Women – Bailey Irene Midori Hoy (University of British Columbia)
The Nation on the Catwalk: “Miss Kiev” and Practices of Belonging in the Ukrainian Diaspora in Winnipeg, 1979-1984 – Elisa Lucente (University of Pavia)
Sister or Outsider? : Recasting Solidarity as Survival among Women of the South Asian Diaspora in Canada at the Turn of the 20th Century – Surbhi Vatsa (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

18:00 (UK) Panel 6: Staging Diaspora

Theatre in Diaspora: Identity Claims of the Transnational Alevi Community – Rüya Kalıntaş (Kadir Has University)
Transnational Family Dance Lineages of the U.S./Mexico Bracero Program (1942-2022): Decolonizing Self (Portraiture) through Radical (Re)Mappings of Diasporic Selfhood – Kiri Avelar (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Caribbean Musical Counterpublics: The Unorthodox Ontology and Authoritative Sounds of Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez – Akhim Alexis (University of Southern California)