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HCTS Graduate Student Workshop: "Diasporas in Eurasia"

Jan 26, 2020 - Jan 27, 2020
Hebrew University, Jerusalem

The movement of people within Eurasia  has been one of the main features shaping the human lives from ancient times until today.  In this workshop, we will look at the role that diasporic populations have played in transforming societies and cultures across Eurasia and in the way they have provided content to what we now often refer to broadly as the “Asian region.”  How did diaspora communities form and change over time? What is the role of such diaspora communities in the transformation of their home communities?  To what extent and by what means did they preserve their identity even when far away?  What kind of networks and connections did they create between their original homelands and far places?
This graduate students workshop will be both historically and contemporarily oriented, and will embody different methodologies and disciplines.  We look for case studies, and more general theoretical and comparative considerations. Selected participants from outside of Israel will be offered accommodations and meals for the days of the conference.
The workshop will be hosted by the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with Heidelberg University (Germany) and Kyoto University (Japan), as part of an ongoing effort to encourage cooperation in the realms of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies between these universities.

Jerusalem organizing committee: Prof. Reuven Amitai, Prof. Nissim Otmazgin
Heidelberg organizing representative: Prof. Harald Fuess
Kyoto organizing representative: Prof. Wako Asato


Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Abba Eban Seminar Room, Truman Institute, Mt. Scopus Campus

09:30 – 10:00   Registration
10:00 – 11:00   Opening Session
Reuven Amitai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, opening remarks
Special Lecture: Uzi Rebhun, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Migration, Diaspora and Transnational Identity: Jews in the Modern Era

11:30 – 12:45   Session 2: The Cultural Geography of Diaspora
Chair: Ronit Ricci, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Meng Sun, Heidelberg University
The Immigrant Food: Memory, Identity and Community
Anja Lind, Heidelberg University
Queer Lovers and Diasporic Others: Homonationalism and Queer Muslim Sub-Diasporas in Norway

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15   Session 3: Diaspora and the Mamluk Sultanate
Chair: Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Or Amir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Inclusion and Exclusion in Mamluk Biographical Dictionaries: The Study of Diasporas in the Medieval Islamic World
Rachel Hoffman, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Muhtasib in the Eye of the Storm: the Mamluk Sultanate 1341-1382

15:45 – 17:00   Session 4: Diaspora in the Mongol Empire
Chair: Michal Biran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Vered Shurany, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Movement of Military Personnel Through Eurasia: A Prosopographic Approach
Matanya Gill, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Economic Globalization in Mongol Eurasia: Ilkhanid Trade (1260-1335)

17:30 – 18:45   Session 5: Diasporic Incentives and Impediments
Chair: Nissim Otmazgin, The Hebrew University
Hüsnü Yilmaz, University of Heidelberg
The Gülen Movement in Germany
Yuxi Liu, Kyoto University
The Two Step Migration in Japan - the Ambivalent Survival Strategy for International Students

19:00   Reception Dinner

Monday, January 27, 2020 - Abba Eban Seminar Room, Institute, Truman Institute, Mt. Scopus

09:30 – 10:45   Session 6: Ethnic Discourses of Diaspora
Chair: Meir Hatina, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Anima Luise Gebele von Waldstein, Heidelberg University
Leaving of one’s Own Volition or by Force – A Crucial Difference
Or Pitusi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Post Imperial Diaspora - The Case Study of "Oriental Club" in Berlin, 1919-1922

11:15 – 12:30   Session 7: Korean Diasporas in East Asia
Chair: Orna Naftali, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Aki Sohn-Katada, Kyoto University
Japanese Multiculturalism and its Korean Diasporas
Tal Kaptur, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ethnic Korean ‘girls talk’: Narrating ‘girlhood’ and ‘ethnic identification’ in Northeast China

14:00   Post-workshop Tour to Old City of Jerusalem (for workshop participants)


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