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IGHC Research Seminar Series

Thur., March 8th, 12:30pm-2:00pm, L.R. Wilson Hall 3001, McMaster University, The Diaspora Imperative, Dr. Janet Bauer, IGHC Fulbright Global Scholar

Feb 07, 2018

The Diaspora Imperative

In the context of global de-territorialization and diaspora, where migrants are often torn between the urge to move and desire to stay, establishing fluid identities and a sense of belonging becomes important to incorporation in multicultural societies.  I argue that people of the diaspora are propelled toward maintaining translocal social relations and social capital in order to facilitate and establish local cultural citizenship.  Using the comparative perspective of Muslim diasporas in diverse multicultural, Muslim-minority contexts (in Germany, Canada, the USA and Trinidad), I will explore the diaspora imperative (particularly as it affects women and youth), to create individual and community identities and social inclusion through the management of translocal networks, giving consideration to the place of Islam in this process.

About the Speaker

Janet Bauer (Ph. D. Anthropology, Stanford University) is a professor in International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, the former director of Trinity’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Program, a member of Hartford’s Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs, and currently, a visiting Fulbright Global Scholar.   She has taught, conducted ethnographic research, and published on gender and mobility in Muslim societies (in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas), which, since 1992, has included work on Iranian refugee resettlement in different Canadian cities*. Currently she is working on a multi-sited research project on gender and race in Muslim diasporas, “The Social Geographies of Islam in Diaspora: Race, Gender, Generation, and Place,” bringing together her longitudinal research in Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Germany and the US. In her most recent round of observations and interviews she has focused attention on the role of faith-based and faith-related voluntary organizations as cultural brokers in providing pathways to social inclusion in multicultural societies.

Upcoming IGHC Research Seminar Series

  • February 26, 2018, 12:30pm-2:00pm, L.R. Wilson Hall 1003
    Toxic-free Future: Health and Environmental Justice for Chemical Safety
    Speaker: Dr. Olga Speranskaya, the Goldman Environmental Prize Winner (2009), Co-chair of IPEN
  • March 19, 2018, 1:30pm-3:00pm, L.R. Wilson Hall 1003
    Austerity and After? Policies, Politics and Ideologies
    Speaker: Professor John Clarke, Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor