Diaspora and Memory: Figures of Displacement in Contemporary by Marie-Aude Baronian, Stephan Besser, Yolande Jansen (Eds.)

By Marie-Aude Baronian, Stephan Besser, Yolande Jansen (Eds.)

Stories of migration and dwelling-in-displacement impinge upon the lives of an ever expanding variety of humans around the globe, with company type convenience yet extra usually with unrelenting violence. because the early Nineties, the political and cultural realities of world migration have resulted in a starting to be curiosity within the varied kinds of diasporic lifestyles and identities. The articles during this publication don't concentrate on the 'external' obstacles of diaspora - what's diasporic and what's no longer? - yet on certainly one of its most vital 'internal' limitations, that's indicated by means of the second one time period within the name of this ebook: reminiscence. it isn't unintentionally that the 'right' to recollect, the 'responsibility' to keep in mind, are primary problems with the debates in diasporic groups and their relation to their cultural and political atmosphere. The relation of diaspora and reminiscence includes very important serious and even perhaps subversive potentials. reminiscence can go beyond the territorial good judgment of dispersal and go back, and turn out to be a competing resource of diasporic id. The articles during this quantity discover how, formed via the tasks of testimony in addition to by way of the normalizing forces of amnesia and forgetting and political pursuits, reminiscence is a performative, figurative approach instead of a safe area of identification. Contents Marie-Aude BARONIAN, Stephan BESSER and Yolande JANSEN: creation I Carol BARDENSTEIN: Figures of Diasporic Cultural construction: a few Entries from the Palestinian Lexicon Anette HOFFMANN: evaluating to Make specific: Diasporic Articulations of the Herero groups in Namibia Elif BABUL: domestic or Away? at the Connotations of place of origin Imaginaries in Imbros Melissa BILAL: eager for domestic at domestic: Armenians in Istanbul Esther PEEREN: during the Lens of the Chronotope: feedback for a Spatio-Temporal standpoint on Diaspora II Andreas HUYSSEN: Diaspora and kingdom: Migration into different Pasts Pascale R. BOS: followed reminiscence: The Holocaust, Postmemory, and Jewish Identi

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The republican ideal of national homogeneity builds on the idea of “cultural Turkism” by Ziya Gökalp, who is one of the most influential social and political thinkers of republican Turkey (Parla). Cultural Turkism represents an idea of national unity based on a common language (Turkish) and a common culture (Turkish) as opposed to race, yet to which the Rum existence with its Greek language and local culture poses a threat of rupture. In that sense, the native Rums’ sense of belonging to the island of Imbros that stems from an autochthonous relationship between the self and the place does not fit in with the concept of citizenship that defines the said relationship in terms of a sense of belonging to the national land through partaking of a homogeneous national community.

These features are used to give a stronger meaning to the utterances of praise and description. Although the origins of some of the references to Jewish history are unclear, the poems and stories are told and re-told and thus seem to make sense in the recent articulation of identity and the lament of the predicament of Herero culture today. The comparisons of Herero and Jewish history are thus more than a mere tactic in the struggle for recognition, they represent a wider discourse that seeks to define and re-inscribe a collective self after a rupture.

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