Diaspora Workshop

At Home Abroad: Diasporas and Homelands
Comparative Perspectives Workshop

March 1, 2009

Hassenfeld Conference Center

Sponsored by:
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Session I

Diasporas and Homelands: An Overview and Discussion

10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Ilan Troen, Brandeis University
Welcome, and a Perspective from the Jewish and Israeli Diasporas

Gabi Sheffer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A Conceptual and Methodological Approach

Preliminary Discussion

Session II

Creating, Developing, and Sustaining Identity

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Chair: Stephanie Gerber Wilson, Brandeis University

Khachig Tölölyan, Wesleyan University
Conceptual and Methodological Introduction

William Miles, Northeastern University and Brown University
Francophonie as Creator and Preserver of a Linguistically-Based Diaspora

Berna Turam, Hampshire College
Between Homeland and Hostland: The 'Instructive' Turkish Muslim Diaspora.

Leonard Saxe, Brandeis University
Birthright Israel:  Fostering the Development of Jewish Identity in Emerging Adults

Diarmaid Ferriter, University College, Dublin and Boston College
The Men Who Built Britain: The Irish Emigration Crisis of the 1950s

Luncheon Discussion

The View from the Homeland

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England
David Barry, Consul General of Ireland to Boston

Session III

Remittances, Investment, and Philanthropy

2:00 – 3:45

Chair: Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University

Liesl Riddle, the George Washington University
Diaspora Homeland Investment: Motivation, Mobilization, and Making a Difference                                    

Anna Ferro, Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, Italy
African Diaspora and Elites

Can Erbil, Brandeis University
Diaspora - Homeland Relations: Case of Turkish Remittances from Germany

Natan Aridan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
American Jewish Fundraising Efforts for Israel - The Early Years

Charles Kadushin, Brandeis University and CUNY
American Jewish Financial Support for Israel: Changing Times?

Session IV

Diaspora and Homeland Cultures

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Chair: Sylvia Barack Fishman, Brandeis University

Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Asian Diasporas in the United States: On Exiles, Refugees, Transnationals, and Flexible Citizens

Theodore Sasson, Brandeis University and Middlebury College
Diaspora/Homeland Political Cultures: The Case of American Jewry and Israel

Robert Savage, Boston College
Reel” Ireland? Screening Contemporary Irish Film

Concluding Discussion

Where do we go from here?
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.