The Diaspolinks research network aims to bring together researchers with a shared interest in the growing field of Diaspora Studies.
This interdisciplinary focus of the first conference morphed into a more systematically comparative approach to postcolonial studies with the ‘Diasporic Trajectories’ seminar series at Edinburgh University’s IASH, organised by Sam Coombes, which started in February 2015. This series has brought together leading specialists from both the francophone and the anglophone spheres, following the inaugural seminar at which Charles Forsdick and Janet Wilson presented papers. The 2015 series spanned topics as varied as the lesser known history and contributions to artistic life of the Asian presence in Britain (Susheila Nasta), the unrecorded narratives of Rwandan genocide stories (Nicki Hitchcott), and the emerging field of transcultural adoption literature (John McLeod). It has also sparked reflexion on Asian diasporas in the Southern hemisphere and in particular the Chinese diaspora in New Zealand (Michelle Keown), or aspects of the Scottish diaspora to Canada through the prism of the work of Alice Munro (Heliane Ventura).
The 2016 ‘Diasporic Trajectories’ series is currently underway and similarly showcases a wide variety a topics in the field of Diasporic Studies presented by recognised speakers in the field of postcolonial studies.