What happens when creolization meets super-diversification?

Muirhead tower - Room 121
Social Sciences
Monday 3rd December 2018 (14:00-15:30)
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Join us for the IRiS Seminar Series 2018-19, The Legacy of Migration, at the University of Birmingham

Speaker: Professor Robin Cohen, University of Oxford.

“Melange, hotchpotch, a bit of this and a bit of that is how newness enters the world … It is a love song to our mongrel selves” (Salman Rushdie, 1991: 394) 

Superdiversity is best understood as a condition. Super-diversification is a process involving increased complexity. But does complexity imply social fragmentation or the multiplication of opportunities to fuse, synthesize, hybridize, and “mongrelize”? These phenomena, for reasons to be explained, the speaker will call creolization. Does creolization escape, neutralize, overcome, or get defeated by super-diversification? Are they alternative or parallel trajectories?

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