Transnational is not Diasporic: the Australian-Lebanese community. National belonging in the age of globalization

30 November 2021. From 10:00 | Presentation | English | Online
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Read the article “Diaspora, Transnationalism, Political Remittances and Lebanese Migrants”.

The first part of the lecture will be conceptual. Given the apparent similarities to transnational activities, diasporic activities, processes and actors are often the first victims of the conceptual curse of transnationalism, resulting in the glossing over particularities in the diaspora field which, if studied separately, would have important analytical consequences for migration studies. In the second part, it will be argued that in the public sphere this diaspora generates different political views and positions entertained by various members of the Australian-Lebanese community and materialised into specific ‘political remittances’ sent to Lebanon. Finally, an analysis of the impact of this political transfer to Lebanon is made in terms of a broader discussion of ‘political remittances’ as represented in the current literature.

Paul Tabar is the Director of the Institute for Migration Studies and a Professor in Sociology/Anthropology at the Beirut campus of the Lebanese American University. Dr. Tabar has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals, and is currently specifically working on Lebanese diasporic communities and their public activities.
He is the author of Arab Communities in Australia (2013), and co-author of On Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, Racism and the Ethnic Field (2010); Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (2004); and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, Ethnicity and Crime (2000). 

Conference by Paul Tabar, director of the Institute for Migration Studies and Ricard Zapata, full professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. Co-organised by the IEMed as part of the Aula Mediterrània 2021-22 programme in collaboration the UPF Master in Migration Studies.

This lecture can be followed on Zoom and on the IEMed Youtube Channel.



Paul Tabar

Director of the Institute for Migration Studies and professor in Sociology and Anthropology Lebanese American University

Ricard Zapata

Full professor UPF

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