This panel aims to bring together studies of exile and analyses of Latin American diasporas. Recent developments in history, sociology, anthropology, and political science have highlighted the centrality of diasporas and transnational studies. In parallel, the study of political exile has burgeoned, becoming closely related to theoretical debates about nationality, citizenship and relocation. The systematic study of exile in this perspective also promises to lead to new readings of history and society in Latin America.
Political exile is dynamic, hinging on political action and evolving in a parallel fashion to processes of political institutionalization and de-institutionalization and to the reformulation of political ground rules. Moreover, an analysis of political exile requires bridging the study of politics with the analysis of personal and collective identities, of immigration and trans-state phenomena, of multiculturalism, international networks, and diplomatic relations. On the theoretical level it should be stated that there is not one exile but many, and yet that there are trends and patterns in exile, which could be analyzed from various disciplinary vantage points.
Topically authors could address any of the following issues: exiles, refugees and diasporas; loss and change of identity; the dynamics of communities of exiles; aliens, alienation and adaptation; women in exile; quantitative dimensions of exile; political activism abroad; reception policies and processes of integration; support networks and personal motivations; the second generation; re-democratization and return.
Luis Roniger, Wake Forest University, USA – firstname.lastname@example.org and Pablo Yankelevich, INAH, México – email@example.com
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