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.

Previous Events in this series

New Hierarchies of Belonging

Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths University), Shamser Sinha (University Campus, Suffolk) and Charlynne Bryan
19 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annual Lecture: Creolization and Diaspora: the delicate dance

Professor Robin Cohen (Emeritus Professor and Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford)

Diaspora and creolization are apparently heading in different directions. But all is not what it seems. In this lecture, Robin Cohen will explore the complex relationship, the delicate dance, between diaspora and creolization

2 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Annual Lecture: Continuity and Change: Immigrants in Spitalfields 1660-2000

Dr Anne J Kershen (Queen Mary, University of London)

Using three of the pillars of immigrant life, religion, language and economic activity, the speaker will examine the role each played in the processes of integration, and in some cases separation, and illustrate that continuity and change in immigrant life has been what has made Spitalfields a place of settlement and transition from the mid-seventeenth century through until today.

22 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM