IWU Reconceptualizing Transnational Identity
January 24, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - What does the term “home” mean to someone who has been influenced
by many different cultures? That's a question to be addressed in an International
Studies panel discussion at Illinois Wesleyan concerning transnational identity.
The development studies team of Illinois Wesleyan's International Studies Program
is sponsoring the panel, which will take place on January 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Beckman
Auditorium of The Ames Library, 1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington.
The panelists will be Illinois Wesleyan Professor of German and Russian Marina Balina,
Associate Professor of Mathematics Zahia Drici, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Sobeira Latorre, and Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science
Tatah Mentan. Professor of Educational Studies Irv Epstein will moderate the session.
Transnationalism, according to the definition with which the panelists will be working,
refers to the multiple ties and interactions that link peoples across borders. It
serves to challenge conventional assumptions regarding the importance of traditional
borders and boundaries in defining who we are, how we think, and with whom we associate.
Some of the questions the panelists will be tackling are: How does your home define
who you are? Is there really “no place like home” as the International Studies theme
suggests? Assistant Professor of Economics, Ilaria Ossella-Durbal, who helped organize
the panel, said, “When we talk about transnational identity we're talking about people
who identify with more than one culture, more than one country, it goes beyond the
borders of a certain country, beyond your practical borders.”
The panelists will address the definition of transnational identity and then will
be given questions to think about in terms of this definition. Panelists will have
approximately ten minutes to give their views on the subject before the discussion
is opened up to the audience for questions.
Contact: Leslie Boelter (309) 556-3181