Diaspora entrepreneurs and contested states

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Diaspora entrepreneurs and contested states

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Maria Koinova (University of Warwick)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford; Foteini Kalantzi (St Antony's College, Oxford; Manolis Pratsinakis (DPIR, University of Oxford)
Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)

SEESOX Seminar Series

This presentation introduces findings from the European Research Council Starting Grant “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” directed by Dr. Maria Koinova at Warwick University (2012-2017). Why do conflict-generated diasporas mobilize in moderate and contentious ways? How do contexts aff ect such mobilizations? Koinova’s work evolving from this project challenges statist theories analysing the relationship between diasporas, home-states and host-states. The talk presents a novel conceptualization of four types of diaspora entrepreneurs based on their socio-spatial positionality, their linkages to Kosovo, Palestine, and Nagorno-Karabakh as de facto states, and a typological theory featuring causal pathways through which these diaspora entrepreneurs mobilize.

Dr. Maria Koinova is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Starting Grant “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” (2012-2017). She held academic positions at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2001-2004), Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (2004-2005), and Center for European Studies (2011), Cornell’s Government Department (2007-2008), Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding (2008-2009), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (summers 2006, 2007), European University Institute (1999-2005, Ph.D.), Uppsala University (2013), and tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Amsterdam (2009-2012) and American University of Beirut (2005-2006).