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Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Kevin Lewis O' Neill

DTS200 Lecture #2 Sept 18, 2012 Extra credit- attend the talk, email a 50 word summary of the talk, mention the color of the speaker’s shirt, send email by midnight to: [email protected], tag the email speaker 1 event. Short essay #1: how dord the study of Diaspora and transnationalism provide a different perspective on the world? Due Oct 23 - two different kinds of map the next three lectures will help us answer this question. Vocab. - Social imaginary - Imagined community - Transnationalism - Diaspora - Methodological nationalism - Sociological imagination- disapora study does not have an established imaginary it is more like an experiment. This class will set up a framework with case studies but always returns to a basic vocab which will help you think through this course. - The world o The world can be imagined in a number of ways o This class will help us get beyond normative perspectives of the world o Ex: coloured maps vs. flight maps o i.e. flight maps  highlighted are points of connection and disconnection - core of this class we will understand movement and connection - Today o understanding the coloured map and how it was made o this as a representation:  colour  borders  Labels- country, capital etc... o What we are trying to cultivate is that this is a representation of the world that can look very different than other maps o The difference between two maps is that flight maps documents flight patterns the colour one has formed some of the basic assumptions that drive humanities and social sciences. It has shaped modern governance, communities... o This colour map is also a real threat right now, because what this represents is not really what we see today - What the nation means o Understand the colour map not just as a map but as a social imaginary o Social imaginary  Charles Taylor  How people imagine their social existence, how ordinary people imagine their social surroundings in images, stores and legends.  How is the colour map a social imaginary?  Borders do not always physically exist.  Denotes difference  Presuppose the culture in the country  Imagined sense of community and belonging in each colour  The map  Is a imagine, a story and a legend because it is a way we understand our world and if this seems usual it hasn’t been  In terms of the social imaginary what appears in the colour maps is an representation of difference, distinction and what we want to say is when the modern map became the dominate there are wider representations than this one.  i.e. Igor Stranvinsky, Firebird (1910)  what do we see in terms of a social imaginary, definitive drum beats, loud percussion moments that signify closer, glorification is some parts, he is conducting and the style is very aggressive, puncuative, definitive and profound. Makes sharp distinctions between sounds. Bright boarders and clear distinctions are very similar.  Pablo picaso 1909  What do we have here with his factory- what is highlighted here is an over exaggeration of units.  Bright borders, clean cut lines.  A linguistic system is a series of difference of sounds combined with a series of differences of ideas- Ferdinand de Saussure 1916  What he shows is that language the way it works through difference is that a sound imagine is connected to a word concept.  Phonetic distinctions.  Why are the tribes and nations of the world different, and how have the present differences developed Franz Boas  Anthropology at its core is this question  In the picture there is a clear difference white guy and black men.  At the core is difference o To study different people  Human condition o To understand its different dimensions.  Division of distinct disciplines in universities  *****important for short essay  Representations in the social sciences and humanities are dependent upon images of break, rupture and disjunction  The way that people can break people apart- is this a social accomplishment? o It is taken for granted that Spain is different than France because Spain is green and France is red we don’t see the big picture o The kind of assumptions that go into understanding the other world as such is not just bad analytics it doesn’t keep up with the world we know today  The point is that for so long people have kept their disciplines that they miss the things that go in between  Major affect has also been that there has been an assumed isomorphic relationship between nation,
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