This is the first in a series of posts designed to introduce you to some of the journals and series we publish.
Read on for an introduction to JOMEC Journal no. 11, a special issue entitled “Diaspora Beyond Nationalism”, which was published in July 2017. This piece is written by Dr Idil Osman, guest editor of the special issue. You can find the issue at https://jomec.cardiffuniversitypress.org/15/volume/0/issue/11/
Population movements across borders are not a new phenomenon. But in the 21st century we have seen a significant shift in scope of international migration and rapid advancement of transportation and communication, making today’s world far more interconnected. Movements of such scale are bound to have substantial political, economic and social consequences.
Globalisation has also facilitated the rapid increase in transnationally available alternative media, which is supported by the advancement of a globally connected technological infrastructure.
The potential of alternative media was brought home in the first half of 2011, when revolutionary uprisings swept North Africa and the Middle East, which quickly came to be known as the Arab Spring. These uprisings saw the exits of two heads of states, Mubarak in Egypt and Ben Ali in Tunisia, and a political shake-up across the Arab inhabited lands. The Arab Spring is an indication of the palpable role social and new media can play in mobilising for political and social change. The Internet, along with mobile phones and digital video, enables people to organise politics in ways that overcome limits of time, space, identity and ideology, resulting in the expansion and coordination of activities that are unlikely to occur using other means.
This special issue addresses and engages these matters with articles that capture them from wide perspectives. It has been developed from a selection of exemplary papers that emerged from the Diaspora Beyond Nationalism conference, held in September 2015 at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The issue also includes exceptional papers that were submitted after the conference took place. The papers showcase exciting and original scholarship from across a range of academic disciplines and theoretical perspectives, sharing concerns about the social, cultural and political significance of migration and diaspora communities in a range of national and transnational contexts. Their common thread is the notion of shifting identities, their flexibility in realignment and reconstruction amidst changing tides, means and circumstances, which expand far beyond notions of national identities.
We hope you enjoy reading the papers as much as we have enjoyed putting them together in this topical issue.