DTS200Y1 Lecture Notes - Jewish Diaspora, African-American Studies, Transnationality
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DTS200 Lecture #3 September 25th
Wednesday, September 26th 3-5/ JHB100A-Graham Denyer Willis/ "Surviving a World of Violence: The Everyday of
Police in Brazil"
Methodological nationalism: a givenness to the state/nation-obscures 4 different things (Diaspora, borderland
communities, cultural differences and variety and 'colonialism and post colonialism"..). Overcoming this process of
reaffirming the social imaginary.
-mn: 1:1:1 isomorphic relationship between nation, place and culture. (Address this in the essay)
-Diaspora/Modernity/ Acultural Modernity/ Cultural Modernity/ Great Chain of Being/ Temporal Distancing
-"How Diaspora becomes a problem for the nation and modernity" -main theme of today's class.
*Diaspora: (capital D) associated with the Jewish Diaspora, becomes like a model for every other Diaspora. In DTS,
the aim is to take different diasporas and conceptualize them...lose historical specificity/ decentering Diaspora
from Jewish and African American studies/
*Diaspora-"A promiscuously capacious category"
Malcolm X: What moments in the talk signals Diaspora? Metaphor, tropes, feelings. (You can't hate the roots of a
-Since we've been away/ in hating Africa we ended up hating ourselves/ in hating origins you hate yourself/ they
very successfully made you and me hate our Africanness. / Our color became to us a prison confining from forward
movement/ -the metaphor of the trees and roots: if can't respect roots cant respect yourself/ place of origins,
homeland and host country/ a sense of disquietude: pronouns, "we" vs. "they", importance of seeking out
membership of co-ethnicity/ "we": becomes those African Americans in the United States: power of indexicality,
who counts as a we, who's a they, who's the "us".
-1) Dispersal from an original homeland, often traumatically, to two or more foreign regions. (Traumatically:
typical images of Diaspora of Jewish Diaspora and African slave-trade.)
-why 2 or more: -not everyone staggers to the same place/ if there's further fragmentation, there's this need
to develop a co-ethnicity
2) Alternatively, the expansion of a homeland in search of work, in pursuit of trade, or to further colonial
3) A collective memory or myth about the homeland.
4) An idealization of the ancestral home and a commitment to its maintenance.