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A Distinguished Visiting Researcher in Residence Public Seminar

Thursday November 17
Arts 509
70 Laurier Ave. West

Professor Fethi Mansouri
Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation Deakin University, Australia

Presented by The Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of Cultures and Societies (LAMACS) and Laboratory of African and Diasporic Studies (LEAD) University of Ottawa, Canada

Transnational ties and their consequent configurations for citizenship and intercultural relations are shaping the way new social and political relationships are being constructed within the nation state. This lecture will examine our understanding of the interrelationship between transnational practices and local integration among migrants in the west. It will explore whether an upholding of transnational ties can in some cases work against developing a sense of connection to one’s local environment. It will also examine the complex relationship between transnational practices and related cultural identities on the one hand and issues of national belonging and active citizenship outcomes on the other. In doing so, the seminar will reflect on whether transnationalism in general can be posited as a potential conduit toward local integration, despite the obvious tensions relating to social inequality among migrant communities in western émigré societies.

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, holds a Chair in Migration and Intercultural Relations, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University. He is the author of several publications that deal with questions of diaspora and identity including Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West, (2007). His 2004 book Lives in Limbo: Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Sponsored by: The Faculty of Arts
The Office of Vice-President Research

For more information email:
(613) 562-5800 ext. 2985
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