[Air-L] Special Issue: E-Diasporas – Living Digitally

Yasmin Ibrahim y.ibrahim at qmul.ac.uk
Tue Jun 2 05:04:25 PDT 2015


Special Issue: E-Diasporas – Living Digitally

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: 1 September 2015

PUBLICATION: International Journal of E-Politics


With the growth of international (im)migration and work through digital space across time zones and in the last decade, the Internet and related wireless and mobile technologies have become crucial for members of various diasporic communities seeking to connect with both their countries of origin and their host nations. Connections are established not only through social media and email, but also through money transfers, philanthropy and business, gaming and related virtual environments.  For instance Internet use facilitates information gathering efforts of (im)migrants searching for potential host countries, assist (im)migrants’ acculturation practices after migration, and advance the socio-economic development of diasporic subjects and those they may have left behind. In addition, we also have new forms of digital diaspora that occur through offshore labor forces that have their bodies in their “home” nations but work in time zones and relational socio-financial and organizational spaces that exist “in diaspora.”

The co-editors of this special issue aims to understand the rhizomatic nature of migrant communities in a twenty-first century climate where the increasing use of online spaces influences the creation of diaspora politics, identity formation (or reclamation in the new nation), and the conception of new meanings of the terms ‘home’ and ‘homeland.’  Thus, this issue endeavors to expand ongoing conversations about dispersed global communities and the ways they relate with communications and information technologies. The International Journal of E-Politics is interdisciplinary so we welcome any disciplinary, theoretical or methodological approach.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

?     Emerging or new definitions of ‘e-diasporas’

?     Mobile money, financial investments, debt and e-diasporas

?     The meaning of ‘home’ for dispersed populations

?     The differences between ‘digital diasporas’ and ‘e-diasporas’

?     Post-colonial and subaltern ‘e-diasporas’ (Dalit, Roma, etc.)

?     Online communities for leisure or play (film viewing and discussions in online spaces, gaming, creating hobby guilds, etc.)

?     Political participation in ‘e-diasporas’

?     The use of online spaces to create (social and political) communities in the host nation

?     Identity construction and the Internet

?     Usage of social media to ‘click and connect’ with ‘home’


Researchers from any field of enquiry that deals with the online politics of food broadly defined are invited to submit papers for this themed issue. All submissions are due by September 1, 2015.

All queries to

Radhika Gajjala, radhik at bgsu.edu

Tori Arthur, tarthur at bgsu.edu

Full papers to be submitted electronically,



Celia Romm Livermore, School of Business Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

Yasmin Ibrahim, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London.

Published: Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form)


The International Journal of E-Politics is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit <http://www.igi-global.com> www.igi-global.com<http://www.igi-global.com>.

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