Diaspora as Translation and Decolonisation

For the social scientist – if identities are constituted and negotiated, and other cultures are always in hybridization – then centering discussions of diaspora-and-hybridity doesn’t take us as far as I’d like to go.

Ipek Demir, 2022

I think we need to challenge north-centric understandings of migration diaspora, and also ethnic diversity, because these north-centric approaches, they are often unable to see others, for example the colonized or racialized diasporas as sources of ideas and concepts. They fail to recognize that racialized diasporas in the global north, through their struggles, have actually conceptually and practically expanded ideas about equality and freedom.

Ipek Demir, 2022

Arrested Development: Appropriation, Covid-19 and What’s Next

Previously on DIYCD: Apart from accumulating, arranging and producing cultural content, time is inevitably devoted to figuring out how to maneuver in this new predicament, as it modifies institutionalized routines, expectations and possibilities on a day-to-day basis. It demands that we adjust, but for how long? At what point does …

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Diplomacy: Mediating Estrangement

Samples have histories. Rappers have histories. Slang, flows, and dance moves and drum patterns all have histories. BARS and neighborhoods also have histories. In Hip Hop, various histories are proudly put on display and celebrated, and sometimes openly contested1. One can apply the same methodology to diplomacy. In this entry …

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