P002
South Asian global networks

Convenors:
Stephen Lyon (Aga Khan University)
Location:
Multi Purpose Room
Start time:
15 May, 2014 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

South Asian migrants are often part of complex, persistent social networks which connect individuals from the country of origin to all of the host countries. This panel explores the mechanisms for maintaining such networks and the consequences on migrant, host and country of origin populations.

Long abstract:

South Asian migrants are often part of complex, persistent social networks which connect individuals from the country of origin to all of the host countries. This panel will explore the mechanisms for maintaining such networks and the consequences on migrant, host and country of origin populations. Arranged marriages, family visits, commercial ventures have long provided South Asian diaspora groups with reliable ways to maintain social networks around the world. More recently, information and communication technologies (ICT), through email, VOIP, video conferencing and social media offer more economical tools for more frequent, yet arguably more superficial, interactions. Such social and material exchange has shaped migrant and host communities and one of the things this panel will explore is the extent each of the different forms of interaction impact on South Asian diaspora networks. This panel has three papers in principle. Stephen Lyon (Durham University) - Social Media and Global Pakistani Networks Fiaz Ahmed (Durham University) - Global Barelvi Mosque and Imam Networks Zobaida Nasreen (Durham University) - Bangladeshi Diaspora Support Networks