The conference, ‘Diasporas: Past and Present’, is organized by Department of History and Political Sciences at Pomeranian University in Slupsk, in association with the Research Institute for European Policy.
One of the features of modern civilization change is ‘diasporization’, understood as the transformation of immigrant communities in diaspora. As a consequence, in recent decades in Europe some new diasporas emerge (including Kurdish, Turkish, Assyrian), alongside the existing ‘traditional’ diasporas (eg. Jewish, Armenian and Greek) which are subject to a process of revitalization as a result of migration. Representatives of these communities try to resist to the processes of assimilation preserving their cultural features, maintaining links with their country of origin and other ‘diaspora islands’, forming separate ethnic organizational structures: cultural, social and even political. The phenomenon of existence and disappearance diaspora communities is not unique to the present, but it is noted since ancient times.
The aim of the conference is an attempt to look at the issue of diaspora using a broad historical and interdisciplinary approach. Understanding ancient diasporas, including various aspects of their existence in the past, may be useful in the diagnosis of contemporary diasporas and phenomena associated with them. Hence we prefer papers on such diasporas as Jewish, Armenian, Greek and Lebanese-Phoenician.
The particular emphasis is placed on the following issues:
- diaspora and diasporization in theoretical approach;
- history of diasporas (from antiquity to modern times);
- the political aspects of formation and functioning of diasporas;
- revitalization of the ‘old’ diasporas;
- diaspora institutions;
- relationships between members of the diaspora and other ethnic groups;
- the process of disappearance of diasporas;
- new diasporas in Europe and the world.
The conference will be held on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June 2017 in the main building of the Pomeranian University, Westerplatte 64, Słupsk, Poland.
The conference languages are English, Russian, German and Polish. We intend to publish the papers presented in a post-conference publication.