Scholarly endeavors to study how diasporas mobilize for the conflict, peace-building, and postconflict reconstruction of their original homelands have grown exponentially during the past decade. Studies of the early 2000s highlighted that conflict-generated diasporas can play some detrimental roles to domestic conflicts, but were quickly refuted. By the mid-2000s others brought evidence that diasporas can also engage in peace-building, and act moderately for post-conflict reconstruction and democratization. A vibrant debate is taking place at present, with scholars seeking to delve deeper into the factors and processes leading to different types of mobilizations, and how such mobilizations can affect political and social processes in the original homelands, and other locations with which diasporas are durably interlinked. While many theoretically driven case studies continue to emerge, scholars realize that comparisons of diaspora mobilizations in different contexts are necessary to arrive at more general explanations. Comparisons of various contexts are also necessary to demonstrate that contexts of mobilizations could be nation-states, but also other local and global locations.
If you are interested, please submit an abstract of a proposed paper for the workshop of 500 words by September 30, 2015 to Dr. Maria Koinova, Principal Investigator of the ERC project, at M.Koinova@warwick.ac.uk. For selected papers the deadline for the paper submission will be November 15, 2015. Papers of high quality will be submitted for publication in an edited issue with an ISI-ranked journal. There will be also opportunities to publish working papers on the ERC project’s website. Some funds will be available for participants to cover travel and/or accommodation during the workshop. More information about the ERC project can be found at: http://www.diasporacontest.org