Introduction to the Special Issue on ‘Textures of Diaspora and (Post-) Digitality: A Cultural Studies Approach’


Julia Borst , Linda Maeding , Shola Adenekan

Year: 2022

Journal of global diaspora & media, 3(1), 3-11.

Keywords: diaspora studies, digital diaspora, (post-)digitality, imagined communities, cultural studies, literary studies, diasporic textures, digital aesthetics
Language(s): English

This editorial of the Special Issue ‘Textures of Diaspora and (Post-)Digitality: A Cultural Studies Approach’ explores the digital agency of diasporic communities by showing how cultural and literary studies genuinely contribute to scholarly debates and our understanding of digital diasporas. It explores the implications of the digital in a (post-)digital age, one in which the notion of diaspora is used to refer to actual ethnic, religious communities and to collectives that do not necessarily share any common origin or history but articulate their communality through a ‘diaspora rhetoric’. It uses an approach that concentrates on the medial, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of diasporic (self-)representations, positionings and practices in cyberspace. It brings into focus the ‘textures’ of these communities and points to the need to decode diasporic imageries and the many meanings of those portrayals. It studies the textual and visual language with which diasporic communities are imagined in the digital space.

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