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episode 259: Ipek Demir, "Diaspora As Translation and Decolonisation" (Manchester UP, 2022)


This innovative study engages critically with existing conceptualisations of diaspora, arguing that if diaspora is to have analytical purchase, it should illuminate a specific angle of migration or migrancy. To reveal the much-needed transformative potential of the concept, the book looks specifically at how diasporas undertake translation and decolonisation. It offers various conceptual tools for investigating diaspora, with a specific focus on diasporas in the Global North and a detailed empirical study of the Kurdish diaspora in Europe. The book also considers the backlash diasporas of colour have faced in the Global North.

Prof. Ipek Demir teaches at the University of Leeds in the UK. 

Gargi Binju is a researcher at the University of Tübingen.

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 2022-11-29  1h2m