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Comparing Dynamics and Strategies of Transnational Diaspora Politics in Conflict Settings

Comparative Politics
Migration
Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Mobilisation
Political Engagement
P072
Larisa Lara Guerrero
Université de Liège
Lea Müller-Funk
Danube University Krems
Pascale Dufour
Université de Montréal

Building: VMP 5, Floor: 2, Room: 2194

Friday 14:00 - 15:40 CEST (24/08/2018)

Abstract

Diasporas in conflict create and transform spaces of transnational politics. Migrants and refugees fleeing conflicts can transform the political environment of their homelands, in some cases contributing to social change and peace while in others exacerbating dynamics of conflict. They may engage through conventional political channels such as overseas voting or party membership or make use of unconventional repertoires of contention and innovative strategies of transnational political engagement. This panel aims to contribute to the study of diaspora politics by analysing the different strategies, grievances, and motivations nourishing transnational political mobilisation in multiple regions of the world. Through a comparative perspective and empirical research, the panel aims to answer the following questions: · What are (post-)migrants’ and refugees’ motivations and aims for engaging and sustaining transnational political protests and movements across borders? · Which tools and actions are used to engage in homeland politics from abroad? · What influences the form and shape of diaspora politics (ie conventional or unconventional forms)? The overall goal of this panel is to unpack the political dynamics and mechanisms behind transnational diaspora politics in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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