E-Update December 2015
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Michaelmas 2015 E-Update 

Final newsletter from the Oxford Diasporas Programme 

As 2015 draws to a close, so too does the Oxford Diasporas Programme. 'The Impact of Diasporas', an event held in September at the Royal Geographical Society in London drew together the work of ODP with that of our counterparts at the University of Leicester as we jointly investigated themes of coming and going, home and away, remembering and forgetting, and lost and found. Leading social anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen gave an entrancing keynote speech on 'Culture seen as a commons', which was subsequently published as a working paper. A gallery of photos from the event show the sheer reach as well as the dynamism of the diasporas research that has taken place over the past five years by both programmes.

As ODP ends, however, its legacy lives on in the body of research: 13 books, 43 book chapters, 58 journal articles, 16 working papers and over 100 conference papers. We profile some of the most recent - as well as those forthcoming - below.

SPECIAL ISSUEODP researcher Iain Walker has co-edited with Joanna Story (University of Leicester) a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies, titled 'The Impact of Diasporas: Markers of Identity'. The special issue brings together the work of the two diaspora research programmes, featuring articles from ODP researchers on East London's diasporic religious spaces, markers of identity in Martinique, statelessness in Italy, diasporic identifications in urban Africa, and Palestinian statelessness.

Robin Cohen retires
ODP's principal investigator, emeritus professor Robin Cohen, retires at the end of this month, following a distinguished career as one of the world's leading diaspora scholars. We wish Robin a happy retirement.

ODP website
Although the programme is coming to an end, our website will remain online, serving as a repository for its five years of research: a place where you can read and access publications, watch multimedia pieces and discover research findings.

BOOKS: 'Doh Mix Meh Up’ was a one day international art exhibition and performance programme that explored diaspora and identity through the arts and took place in Oxford in November 2014. The event brought together artist works, photography, film, spoken word poetry, theatre and a panel discussion as a way of exploring the varied and multifaceted experiences of those around the world that have moved from home to make a new life elsewhere. Edited by exhibition curator Sunil Shah and ODP's Jane Garnett, a 104pp full-colour publication based on the event is now available for sale.

BOOKS: 'Encountering Difference', by Robin Cohen and Olivia Sheringham, will be published by Polity early in 2016. The authors reveal how early historical encounters created colonial hierarchies, but also how conflict has been creatively resisted through shared social practices in particular contact zones including islands, port cities and the ‘super-diverse’ cities formed by enhanced international migration and globalization. Drawing on research experience from across the world, including new fieldwork in Louisiana, Martinique, Mauritius and Cape Verde, their account shows how identities emerge and merge ‘from below’.

BOOKS: To mark the culmination of the programme, and to showcase the breadth of its research, we produced a creative compilation of ideas, photo essays and short articles by everyone associated with the programme. Edited by Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore and Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, this 248pp, full-colour book, titled Diasporas Reimagined, is now available for sale.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015
We congratulate former ODP researcher Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh on the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her work on experiences of, and responses to, forced migration in/from the Middle East. Elena recently moved to a new position at University College London, where she is a Lecturer in Human Geography.
We congratulate all other former ODP staff members who have recently begun new posts at institutions including Ben Gidley (Birkbeck), Hélène Neveu-Kringelbach (University College London) and Olivia Sheringham (Queen Mary University).

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