About the work

Immigration, Displacement and Belonging

African Diaspora Studies scholars Tiffany Ruby Patterson and Robin D. G. Kelley state, “As a process Diaspora is being constantly remade through movement, migration, and travel, as well imagined through thought, cultural production, and political struggle”

 

These projects investigate and reflect ideas and experiences of displacement from culture, home and family.  What are the historical contexts for understanding this contemporary moment and how it is intertwined with the past? What are the impacts of national, political, and cultural ideas of borders, identity, languages, and beliefs created by the flow and movement of peoples? They come out of traumatic, deeply emotional and divisive personal experiences. A space of both trauma and transformation, opening up new ways of understanding the complexity of the immigrant experience all the while staying focused on historical specificity and individual experience.

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