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Call for Papers

Diasporic Communications: Transnational & Local  Cross-currents
London, 5-7 September 2001

The Centre for Communication and Information Studies of the University of Westminster (CCIS) and the University of North London, in association with the European Institute for Communication and Culture (Euricom) intends to hold a Colloquium on diasporic communication and audiences at the Harrow Campus of the University of Westminster in London.

Although diasporas and globalization are distinct phenomena, the outcome of their combination is a potent one. As far as communications are concerned, the transnationalization of the media has enhanced and intensified the relationship between diasporas and globalization processes. Electronic media increasingly link producers and audiences across national boundaries and initiate processes of deterritorialization and reterritorialization of diasporic identities.  In doing so they set in motion processes of reconfiguration of place, space and culture and have a considerable impact on the everyday. In this context, established notions of the nation-state, of tradition and heritage and of citizenship and modes of belonging are challenged and transformed.

The Colloquium aims to bring together academics to discuss these processes and their broader implications. In keeping with the traditions established in Colloquia organised with Euricom, the organisers do not wish to prioritise any particular method or approach within the scope of the overall topic. We would, however identify the following general themes as being particularly interesting to us:

  • intersections of the transnational and local in diasporic communications
  • diasporic communications and diasporic identities
  • diasporic audiences and diasporic cultural politics
  • diasporic cutural production and consumption: the interplay between integration, cultural separatism and hybridity
  • diasporic cultural practices

Papers are invited on any of these topics, or upon other issues defined by prospective participants. The colloquium organisers intend to pursue publication of selected papers presented during the event

Prospective participants should send abstracts of about 200 words to Dr. Roza Tsagarousianou ( or Shehina Fazal ( as soon as possible, and in any event by Friday 23 March 2001. Invitations will be issued by the end of April 2001.

For more information on the colloquium visit For further information about the European Institute for Communication & Culture, and publications from previous colloquia, visit the Euricom website at:


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