Some of the more interesting and useful work on diasporic and transnational identities has emanated from scholars working in cultural studies and contemporary anthropology. However, with a few notable exceptions, little attention has been paid to the specific experiences of refugee diasporas, and in particular, to the role of trauma and embodiment in the creation of these ‘moral communities.’ Based on research with the East Timorese diaspora in Australia, this article looks at the performative dimensions (protests, church rituals, singing, and dancing) of the diaspora’s political campaign for East Timor’s independence. I consider how the bodily dimensions of this protest movement contributed to certain formations of identity, belonging, and exile, within the Timorese community. In particular, I explore how these performative strategies have created a context for ‘retraumatizing’ bodies and memories, channeling them into a political ‘community of suffering,’ in turn contributing to a heightened sense of the morality of an exilic identity among many Timorese.
Trauma and Collective Identities among East Timorese Refugees in Australia
Andrew A. Gentes
This article presents a first step towards creation of a demographic analysis of Siberia's exilic population during the nineteenth century. The article makes the argument that traditional Russian attitudes towards children were reflected on a macroscopic scale in the state's treatment of the children of criminals and other deviants deported and exiled to Siberia and the Russian Far East. The article uses a statistical approach as well as anecdotal materials to suggest some of the possible impacts the deportation of tens of thousands of children had on the later history of Russia.
New Scholarship on Exile in the Late Russian Empire
Jeffrey S. Hardy
A Prison without Walls? Eastern Siberian Exile in the Last Years of Tsarism Sarah Badcock (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 256 pp., graphs, maps, bibliography, index. $90.00 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-19-964155-0 The House of the Dead: Siberian
Photographers of Siberia in Late Imperial Russia
Chekhov, Vlas Doroshevich, and Vladimir Korolenko were instrumental in creating this image. Political exiles, notably Populists (Narodniks) and Social Democrats, also made a contribution to shaping the image of Siberia, dedicating to it substantial space
Introduction: Reading the Bible in Exile The Bible relates stories of people who had different tragic experiences; they could be personal or communal stories, such as the story of the exile and destruction of Jerusalem at the end of the Second
Russia and Steven Pinker’s Thesis
Nancy Shields Kollmann
incidence of the death penalty, sending many capital criminals to exile to Siberia or other frontier towns. Exile was not an imprisonment system; the convict was kept in place by sheer distance and by branding for the most serious of them. While in exile
Discourses of Difference and the Boundaries of Exile amongst Palestinian Refugees in Jordan
the circumstances of exile matter for Palestinian understandings of refugee identity in the camps and the city? What differences exist in the identity of camp and city refugees? How do city refugees perceive the camp and how do those perceptions figure
Travel Tales of Captivity in Rabbinic Literature
accepting his punishment he is transformed from a Jerusalemite youth into a ‘child of Zion’ and a synecdoche of the Jewish people in exile. Ironically, the verse which precedes the one quoted in the tale asks the rhetorical question: “Who will listen to this
Some Thoughts on Exile as a Dynamic Condition
Exile is a strong marker of identity for a writer, but to keep it forever as part of one's self-image surely involves a kind of mis-description, or at least over-simplification. Maintaining the position of being in exile also has its dangers: the posture of detachment can turn into a kind of wilful separation. Moreover migration, dislocation, various kinds of nomadism are becoming the norm, but this extreme mobility relativises even the most stable identities. What styles, or stories, or genres will be invented to describe a world which is no longer divided between peripheries and centres?
The Diasporic Journey to Beulah
beginning to end, partly because of the politics associated with an idea that often accompanies it: that establishing the State of Israel spells the end of exile and the beginning of redemption. 1 The third version of a Jewish diaspora spreads the net even