Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Book launch on African diaspora in China and on Indigenist Mobilization

21Nov2017 16:30

Event

AISSR Programme Group Moving Matters presents two new books. Shanshan Lan analyses how much is known about the African diaspora in East Asia and, in particular, within China, where race is such a politically sensitive topic. Luisa Steur discusses notions of indigenous belonging in Kerala.

During the book launch Shanshan's book will be officially presented to Willem van Schendel.  Jan Breman will receive Luisa's book. 

Shanshan and Luisa will give short presentations on themes related to their books: on its general content and some experiences about its making. Their talks will be followed up by a small reception with drinks.

Mapping the new African diaspora in China Race and the cultural politics of belonging, by Shanshan Lan.

When one thinks of African diasporas, it is likely that their mind will automatically drift to locations such as Europe and America. But how much is known about the African diaspora in East Asia and, in particular, within China, where race is such a politically sensitive topic?

Based on multi-sited ethnographic research in China and Nigeria, Shanshan explores a new wave of African migration to South China in the context of the expansion of Sino/African trade relations and the global circulation of racial knowledge.

Publisher: Routledge, Research on race and ethnicity (2017).

Indigenist Mobilization: Confronting electoral communism and precarious livelihoods in post-reform Kerala, by Luisa Steur

In Kerala, political activists with a background in Communism are now instead asserting political demands on the basis of indigenous identity. Why did a notion of indigenous belonging come to replace the discourse of class in subaltern struggles? Luisa Steur answers this question through a detailed ethnographic study of the dynamics between the Communist party and indigenist activists, and the subtle ways in which global capitalist restructuring leads to a resonance of indigenist visions in the changing everyday working lives of subaltern groups in Kerala

Publisher: Berghahn, Dislocations series (2017).

Location: Anthropology Common Room (B 5.12)

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