Digital Diasporic Belonging: Middle Eastern and Latin American Communities in London as a Case Study

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies

Research interests:
Communities, Classes, Races
Africa, Africa, Asia, Asia, Australasia, Australasia, Middle East, Middle East, North America, North America, South America, South America, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Project period:
01-Mar-2020 - 31-Dec-2021
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

This research collaboration explores contemporary digital Middle Eastern and Latin American diasporas in London from 2010 - 2020. Our choice of Middle Eastern and Latin American societies is based on the distinct colonial experiences and the forms of comparable marginalisation and discrimination that both communities share. Moreover, these communities similarly operate as hybrid spaces that constantly invite questions of power and resistance. By examining the formation of Middle Eastern and Latin American digital societies, we seek to understand how digital media can sustain a sense of belonging for Middle Eastern and Latin American communities in London who are physically detached from their homelands. Digital societies, nonetheless, have offered alternative ways of virtual attachment through embodying screens and devices as immediate modes of representation. In fact, the emergence of the screen as both an interactive and an incarcerating social space in contemporary societies has opened up multiple ways of defining the concept of diaspora and the meaning of belonging in virtual or imagined societies, here focusing on Middle Eastern and Latin American.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Naomi Wells Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies School of Advanced Study, University of London



Funder Grant type Award
The British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium CBRL Seed Funding £3,800.00