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Transnationalism, simultaneity, and communities of knowledge: theoretical and methodological questions
Domenico Copertino (University of Basilicata)
Vita Santoro (University of Basilicata)
Luigi Stanzione (Università della Basilicata)
Thursday 17 September, 16:30-18:00

Short abstract:

The transnationalist perspective in anthropology, geography and linguistics makes it possible to tackle the growing awareness of groups of people (e.g. migrants, the religious communities, the heritagescapes, and the like) to be part simultaneously of different sociocultural contexts.

Long abstract:

The growing awareness of people to be part of "world-systems" (Marcus 1995), namely globally interconnected sociocultural contexts, brings about historical changes anthropology, geography and linguistics can tackle from a transnationalist perspective (Ong 1999; Glick Schiller, Basch, Blanc-Szanton 1992, Blommaert 2010, De Fina, Perrino 2013). Such approach makes it possible to reconsider the classic equivalence culture-society-State and to analyze the dimension of simultaneity (Levitt, Glick Schiller 2004). Examples of transnational communities belonging simultaneously to different sociocultural contexts, are the groups of migrants that move (and are linked) through more than two countries; the global religious communities, such as the Islamic Umma; the heritagescapes (Di Giovine 2009), namely the communities of knowledge involved in heritage-making, that produce fluid interconnections and heritage frictions within the policies of transnational organizations such as Unesco. This panel is an invitation to deepen the theoretical and methodological implications of the anthropological, geographical and linguistical study of simultaneity, with reference to specific case-studies.