Feb 03, 2023

  On November 14, 2022, DIASCON project member Vadim Romashov gave a public online-lecture on ethnographic peace research at the Carter School Methods Mondays. The lecture presented methodological insights from his ethnographic research on everyday practices and narratives of living together in Armenian-Azerbaijani villages in the southern borderland of Georgia You can access the online […]


Jan 24, 2023

On November 24-25, 2022, project members of DIASCON Vadim Romashov and Anush Petrosyan participated in the Conference “Mobile Lives, Glocal Complexities” organized by the Society of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU). Partaking in the workshop on Activist research in practice: Methodological and ethical conversations, Romashov and Petrosyan presented the abstract of an upcoming paper […]

I hold her hands: Solidarity for life and freedom

Nov 21, 2022

Written by Zahra Edalati and Majid Imani    The death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini sparked mass protests in Iran that have persisted for about two months in different cities in Iran, as well as far from Iran’s borders. Mahsa was detained, beaten, and killed by Iran’s morality police for what they deemed an inappropriate […]

Project member Vadim Romashov defends his PhD

Oct 05, 2022

Our very own Vadim Romashov defended his PhD in Peace and Conflict Research at Tampere University this fall! Vadim’s dissertation is an ethnographic story-based interpretation of everyday practices and narratives of living together in Armenian-Azerbaijani rural communities in Georgia. At the center of his research, is a concern with how members of communities live together […]

New blog by Élise Féron and Mari Toivanen

Jun 29, 2022

In a new blog titled “(Ukrainian) diasporas can play an important role during and after the conflict” on the site “Liikkeessä yli rajonen” (Moving across borders), Élise Féron and Mari Toivanen discuss the ways diasporas can contribute to reconstruction, solidarity-building and mobilization both during and after war. Read the full text here.

New forms of solidarity with Ukraine across diasporas in Sweden

Jun 27, 2022

Project researcher Sofiya Voytiv has written a blog on “Liikkeessä yli rajonen” (Moving across borders), in which she reflects on patterns of solidarity for Ukraine in diasporic spaces in Sweden in 2014 and now, based on her own experiences as a Ukrainian living in Sweden. Read the full post here

DIASCON participation in the 2022 European Peace Research Association conference this June

Apr 22, 2022

Great news! The DIASCON team will be hosting two panel sessions on “Diasporas and peace” at the 2022 European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) conference in Tampere from 1-4 June! The title of the conference is “Empowering Peace: The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation” and we look forward to presenting our ongoing […]

DIASCON Handbook now available online!

Feb 02, 2022

We are happy to share with you that the DIASCON handbook is now fully available online and can be found here: DIASCON HANDBOOK The  handbook is a result of interviews, workshops and additional research conducted in the frame of the DIASCON project and is intended for practitioners working with diasporas and migrants, civil society organizations […]

New publication by project members: “Toward a theory of diaspora formation through conflict deterritorialization”

Dec 20, 2021

DIASCON project members Élise Féron and Sofiya Voytiv published their article “Toward a Theory of Diaspora Formation through Conflict Deterritorialization” in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. You can find the article here:   

DIASCON Handbook now available in print

Oct 30, 2021

Our handbook ‘Diasporas and conflict transportation: Challenges and creative practices’ is now ready in print and we are very excited! The handbook is a guide for practitioners working with migrant and diaspora communities and it focuses on inter- and intra-diaspora relations in countries of settlement, as well as on relationships between diaspora organizations, policy makers […]

New DIASCON publication!

Oct 02, 2021

Bahar Baser and Élise Féron recently published their article “Host State Reactions to Home State Diaspora Engagement Policies: Rethinking State Sovereignty and Limits of Diaspora Governance” in Global Networks. You can find the full article right here: 

DIASCON at the international workshop ‘Dealing with the violent Past: Transnational Dimensions and Diasporic Experiences’

Sep 30, 2021

Held at the University of Zürich on September 23rd and 24th, project members Bruno Lefort, Élise Féron and Bahar Baser each presented in the workshop “Dealing with the past: transnational dimensions dimensions and diasporic experiences”. Their presentations dealt with transmission of conflict memories in different diasporic spaces. More information and the abstracts can be found […]

New publication: ‘Gender and Diasporas’ in Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research

Sep 02, 2021

DIASCON project researcher Élise Féron recently published a chapter entitled ‘Gender and Diasporas’ in Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research, edited by Tarja Väyrynen, Élise Féron, Swati Parashar and Catia C. Confortini. You can find the handbook here:

Project member Élise Féron is keynote speaker at The Migration Conference

Jul 24, 2021

DIASCON project member Élise Féron was invited as keynote speaker at the Migration Conference on July 6th-10th in London (ONLINE). Her keynote was entitled “Diasporas, new generations, and homeland conflicts: between transmission and rearticulation of the conflict heritage”. 

DIASCON at the International online conference ‘Migrant belongings: Digital practices and the everyday’

May 02, 2021

On April 21st-23rd, DIASCON project members Sofiya Voytiv and Cæcilie Svop Jensen presented their research at the online conference “Migrant belongings: digital practices and the everyday” organized by Utrecht University. The book of abstracts as well as the programme can be viewed here

DIASCON 2nd tripartite workshop

Apr 20, 2021

DIASCON hosted its 2nd tripartite workshop online on the 16th of April 2021. This workshop focused on the inclusion and exclusion from policymaking faced by diasporas in host country settings. Migrant and diaspora groups are more often than not targets, rather than actors in security politics, and/or have limited access to policy processes in the […]

Sri Lankan diasporas in Italy between participation and conflict

Sep 22, 2020

By Anna Quattrone   I recently analysed the processes of identification and mobilisation of Sri Lankan diasporas in Italy. It has proved of great interest, given the lack of comprehensive academic work on their political engagement in home and host countries beyond the peace vs war maker dichotomisation and the LTTE’s politics. My objective was […]

DIASCON tripartite workshop

Aug 13, 2020

DIASCON is hosting its first online workshop on diasporas the 2nd of October 2020. The workshop brings together relevant stakeholders working with diasporas to discuss approaches and challenges related to their work. Participants of the workshop include diaspora-organizations, NGOs and other relevant institutions working with diaspora groups. The workshop aims to explore the relationships between […]

Open access article by Féron and Lefort: Diasporas and conflicts – understanding the nexus

Jul 22, 2020

Project researchers Élise Féron and Bruno Lefort published their article “Diasporas and conflicts – understanding the nexus” in the journal Diaspora Studies in January 2019. In the article they bring forth alternative approaches to understanding and investigating the conflict-diaspora nexus through a critical examination of current academic literature on conflict-generated diasporas. Read the full article […]

Publication: Embracing complexity: Diaspora politics as a co-construction

Jan 23, 2020

Élise Féron’s article “Embracing complexity: Diaspora politics as a co-construction” is published in Migration Letters, vol. 17, no. 1. In the article, she argues how attempts to understand diaspora politics as produced mostly in host or home countries, fail to capture the complexity of diasporas as political actors. Instead she proposes to focus on transnational […]