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BAFF 1720A - Diasporas' Strategies: From National States to International Relations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The study of diasporas has long been neglected in international relations and political science. Yet, the interplay between states and diasporas is an essential feature of contemporary politics. This course serves as a critical interdisciplinary introduction on diaspora studies set within the larger field of migration and transnationalism studies. It provides the necessary theoretical and empirical tools to understand how, and the extent to which, diasporas form interest groups and become political actors both in domestic and international politics. The course focuses on how diasporas develop specific strategies of political incorporation relying on both national and transnational networks. The conflictual and cooperative interactions of diasporas with states of origin and settlement will be of a primary interest for understanding their role, goals and determinants.


SALLOUM, Cynthia (Research Associate)

Course validation

Students will write two papers over the course of the term and give a class presentation exploring an empirical case study of diasporic community and will be assessed on their contribution to class. The grade breakdown is based on the following chart: 25% Reading note/ Book review (3 to 4 pages) 25% Oral Presentation – Case Study (a 20 minutes presentation, presenters must provide hard copies of a detailed presentation outline with a bibliography) 40% Final Exam (during the last session) 10% Participation.

Required reading

  • Cohen, Robin, Global Diasporas, London, UCL Press, 1997
  • Dufoix, Stéphane, The Dispersion. A History of the Word Diaspora, Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
  • Kenny, Kevin, Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, New York, 2013
  • Shain, Yossi, Kinship and Diasporas in International Affairs, University of Michigan Press, October 2007
  • Anderson, Benedict, Long-Distance Nationalism: World Capitalism and the Rise of Identity Politics, Berkeley, 1992