Pol09
Urban citizenship and mobility between here and there: Understanding political belonging among Africa diasporas

Convenors:
Tanja Müller (University of Manchester)
Milena Belloni (University of Trento)
Stream:
Politics and International Relations
Location:
Appleton Tower, Seminar Room 2.11
Session slots:
1
Wednesday 12 June, 10:45 - 12:30

Short abstract:

Recent scholarship on African diasporas emphasizes the emergence of new forms of political belonging. The proposed panel takes these dynamcis as a starting and seeks to better understand notions of transnational lived citizenship and how these shape political engagement in urban settings.

Long abstract:

Abstract: Recent scholarship on African diasporas emphasizes the emergence of new forms of political belonging and transnational lived citizenship in particular among urban populations. The proposed panel takes these dynamcis as a starting and seeks to better understand notions of transnational lived citizenship and how these shape political belonging and engagement. The work of the panel conveners and some of the envisaged papers have a strong focus on the Horn of Africa in particular, but we are also interested in African urban contexts more widely. We are soliciting papers that engage with these dynamics and ask questions such as: a)How can acts of political belonging be better understood and analyzed? b)How can political belonging be better harnessed to impact on political developments in host and home cities? c)How is political belonging connected to the wider transnational social field? d)How can the concept of 'transnational lived citizenship' help us understand allegiance to home countries through everyday acts of citizenship in host-countries or transit spaces?