[P6469] Arab Communities around the World

Created by Mariam Alkazemi
Friday, 12/03/21 11:30 am


The roots of globalizations have a rich history, many of which are embedded in migration patterns that impact people and various facets of our societal patterns. Diaspora discourse has become a method for individuals to connect to their home of origin, resist erasure, as they maintain, revive or reinvent themselves against the hegemonic culture in their host society.
Emigration patterns from the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to nations outside the region have not been adequately studied, particular with respect to diversity of identity, patterns and experiences. Therefore, this panel adopts an interdisciplinary approach to capture narratives to examine how Arab communities have settled in nations outside of the MENA and across the globe. This panel will include several perspectives that unpack the patterns of migration that have emerged at various time periods from the MENA to Canada, the United States and Brazil. This panel of presenters illustrate some distinctions and similarities in migration patterns and how they transform the individual and the spaces they occupy, illustrating the reciprocal and dynamic nature of this process.
Using linguistic, cultural, historical, political, and anthropological methods, these authors unpack the barriers Arabs faced but also their empowerment as it relates to migration. Moreover, the panel addresses the role of one's intersectional identity, such as their religious and gender identity, in communities of the Arab diaspora, and the acculturation process of the Arab individual, family and for Arab politicians, as in the case of Lebanese emigrants in Brazil, who have gained political clout.
The panel will begin with a broad overview by the panel organizer and then more specific questions will be addressed by a number of individual authors. These authors’ work will be introduced by the organizers and brief descriptions of the chapters of an upcoming book in which they will be published. Additional chapters discuss the role of media in the acculturation process for Arabs in Germany, the history of Arab musicians in the United States’ music industry, a political analysis of Brazilian politicians of Arab descent, international relations and the role of Arabs in Argentina during the Syrian crisis as well as the history of the Arab district in Singapore. Together, this panel will widen the scope of investigations relating to Arab communities outside the MENA region.


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Bessma Momani

(University of Waterloo)
Dr. Bessma Momani is Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and Assistant Vice-President, Research and International in the Office of Research at the University of Waterloo. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Manal al-Natour

(West Virginia University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Mariam Alkazemi

(Virginia Commonwealth University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant; Organizer;

Youssef Chouhoud

(Christopher Newport University)
Youssef Chouhoud is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Christopher Newport University, where he is affiliated with the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. His research elaborates the determinants of support for core democratic...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Diogo Bercito

(Georgetown University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;