Diaspora, Digital Media, and Death Counts: Eritreans and the Politics of Memorialisation

Diaspora, Digital Media, and Death Counts: Eritreans and the Politics of Memorialisation

Author: 
Bernal, Victoria
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2013
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African Studies
Source: 
African Studies, Vol. 72, No. 2, August 2013, pp. 246-264
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This article analyses a war memorial established on a website by Eritreans in diaspora as an example of how diasporas are transforming the ways national politics are conducted and understood. Establishing a war memorial is normally the prerogative and responsibility of the state. In performing this task the Eritrean diaspora makes visible the failure of the state to make public important national information and to hold itself accountable to the Eritrean people. The establishment of the memorial online by the diaspora, furthermore, works to de-centre the state, symbolically at least, as the embodiment of the nation and creates an opening for alternative visions of the nation and state-citizen relations. The Internet is making possible innovative forms of diaspora political engagement and activism that challenge conventional relations of citizenship and sovereignty.

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CITATION: Bernal, Victoria. Diaspora, Digital Media, and Death Counts: Eritreans and the Politics of Memorialisation . : Taylor & Francis , 2013. African Studies, Vol. 72, No. 2, August 2013, pp. 246-264 - Available at: http://library.au.int/diaspora-digital-media-and-death-counts-eritreans-and-politics-memorialisation-4