A Shahid Minar in Lisbon: long distance nationalism, politics of memory and community among Luso-Bangladeshis

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Abstract

The literature on what could be called a Bangladeshi transnational public sphere has grown significantly in the last few years and has focused mainly on translocal political activities and ways of belonging for British Bangladeshis and Bangladeshi immigrants in the UK. However, this public sphere includes other locations and actors that have so far been left out of the picture. Based on a situational analysis of the celebrations of Sahid Dibosh (Language Day) in a square in Lisbon in 2011, this article explores the political dimensions of the transnational social fields that exist between Portugal and Bangladesh. The main arguments are firstly that this Bangladeshi transnational public space connects Bangladeshis in the UK, Bangladesh and other locations, such as Portugal, through symbols, long distance nationalism and politics of memory. Secondly, the paper argues that these are interpreted according to the contexts where Bangladeshis live and thus assume new meanings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalSouth Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Transnational public domain
  • Shahid dibosh
  • Politics of memory
  • Luso-Bangladeshis

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