By Marie-Aude Baronian, Stephan Besser, Yolande Jansen (Eds.)
Stories of migration and dwelling-in-displacement impinge upon the lives of an ever expanding variety of humans around the globe, with enterprise category convenience yet extra frequently with unrelenting violence. because the early Nineties, the political and cultural realities of worldwide migration have resulted in a starting to be curiosity within the various sorts of diasporic life and identities. The articles during this e-book don't concentrate on the 'external' obstacles of diaspora - what's diasporic and what's now not? - yet on certainly one of its most vital 'internal' obstacles, that is indicated by way of the second one time period within the identify of this publication: reminiscence. it isn't by accident that the 'right' to recollect, the 'responsibility' to keep in mind, are relevant problems with the debates in diasporic groups and their relation to their cultural and political atmosphere. The relation of diaspora and reminiscence includes vital severe and perhaps even subversive potentials. reminiscence can go beyond the territorial common sense of dispersal and go back, and end up a competing resource of diasporic identification. The articles during this quantity discover how, formed by way of the duties of testimony in addition to through the normalizing forces of amnesia and forgetting and political pursuits, reminiscence is a performative, figurative method instead of a safe house of identification. Contents Marie-Aude BARONIAN, Stephan BESSER and Yolande JANSEN: creation I Carol BARDENSTEIN: Figures of Diasporic Cultural creation: a few Entries from the Palestinian Lexicon Anette HOFFMANN: evaluating to Make particular: Diasporic Articulations of the Herero groups in Namibia Elif BABUL: domestic or Away? at the Connotations of native land Imaginaries in Imbros Melissa BILAL: eager for domestic at domestic: Armenians in Istanbul Esther PEEREN: in the course of the Lens of the Chronotope: feedback for a Spatio-Temporal standpoint on Diaspora II Andreas HUYSSEN: Diaspora and kingdom: Migration into different Pasts Pascale R. BOS: followed reminiscence: The Holocaust, Postmemory, and Jewish Identi
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As pastoralists, they remained at places for longer periods, holding cattle posts in other regions according to the local rainfall pattern in Namibia. Their life was thus more semi-nomadic or, one might say, semi-sedentary. This is suggested by a central trope in Herero orature: the notion 34 | Anette Hoffmann Thamyris/Intersecting No. 13 (2006) 33-42 of life-as-travel, moving with the cattle and having the sovereignty to choose where one wishes to go or to stay. Traveling freely in the region is a central practice referred to in recent Herero social self-descriptions.
A very literal one is evident on return visits to the sites of destroyed villages by former Palestinian inhabitants who are now refugees in other locations. In spite of the fact that, in some of these instances, pine and other trees and forests have been planted by the Jewish National Fund on the site of the destroyed village, and are the most immediately visible and conspicuous vegetation, the villagers move around the site as if not seeing these forests at all. They seem to literally see only the vegetation that was part of the village’s landscape when they lived there upwards of fifty years ago; specific trees, rows of prickly-pear cactus, etc.
At the local level, however, discourses of multiculturalism and localism become translated into a cultural imaginary of generous hosts welcoming guests, thus de-politicizing the conflictual relationship with the Rums and reframing the issue of exile and homeland within the legal terms of citizenship and state sovereignty. Conclusion and Facing the Limits: Imbros as a Silenced Story Along with the recognition by Turkey of internationally hegemonic discourses such as democratization and multiculturalism, a space opens up (mainly on the international level) where it is possible to talk about issues which were formerly unspeakable.