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DHAsia Presents | Diasporas Online: A Mixed Methods Approach to Sikh and Tamil Identity Politics, by Priya Kumar

Examining two “stateless” South Asian case studies — Sikh and Tamil diaspora communities - this lecture presents an alternative, “online view” of diaspora identity politics, one valuable for scholars of diaspora studies, international politics, transnational social movements, and new media studies in many parts of the world.
Employing a three-pronged, mixed-methods approach, this talk combines corpus maps from the e-Diasporas Atlas project, data obtained from web-based content analysis, and key informant interviews. It offers insight into the mutually embedded relationship between Internet web 2.0 technologies and contemporary diaspora politics.
The research findings highlight the ways in which web 2.0 technologies are supporting and enabling more public and personalized forms of diaspora identity politics from the ground up, as well as the growing interconnectedness between online political participation, identity-based expressions, and offline political mobilization activities.
This lecture is open to the public, and no registration is required. 
During her residency at Stanford, Professor Kumar will also lead a registration-required, hands-on workshop on digital ethnography. The registration link can be found here.
DHAsia gratefully acknowledges support for Prof. Kumar's workshop from the Center for South Asia at Stanford University.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017. 04:15 PM


CESTA, Wallenberg Hall, 4th Floor


Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Center for South Asia, History Department




This lecture is open to the public, and no registration is required.