SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

The Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture

The 2015 Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture will take place in the KLT from 7-9pm on the 25th November.

 Re-centring Diverse Practices and Geographies of Transnational Migrant Giving


Dr Kavita Datta (Queen Mary)

Transnational migrants’ giving practices are predominantly understood in relation to remittance sending with far less attention afforded to other migrant practices of giving. While scholars acknowledge that remittances encompass a diverse range of practices from personal transnational financial investments to intra-household transfers to charitable giving, the latter has been arguably eclipsed in most research on transnational giving. The more recent suggestion of a ‘remittance-philanthropy’ continuum affords an opportunity to disentangle complex and diverse practices and geographies of transnational migrant giving which move beyond the hegemonic lens of remittance giving. Drawing upon empirical research conducted with Somali migrant men and women in the East End of London, this presentation has three interrelated aims: first to provide more integrated and nuanced understandings of migrant giving; second to document diverse economies of giving in migrant communities paying particular attention to the motivations, mechanisms and geographies of charitable giving which underpin them; and third to ‘theorise back’ on dominant western models of giving. In so doing, the presentation seeks to enrich understandings of, and contribute to new research agendas on, transnational migrant giving.

The event is free and open to the public.

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