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AuthorsG.G. Hourani, E.R. Sensenig-Dabbous
TitleTransnational Lebanese Communities Network: Using Traditional, Alternative and ICT-Based Methodologies to Study Middle Eastern Migration Networks
PlaceMontecatini Terme, Italy
Institute/dept.MIGRINTER - Migrations Internationales, Espaces et Sociétés
KeywordsTransnationalism; Migrant organisations; Culture; Generations/family; Religion; Cities/Countries
AbstractLebanese migration represents one of the most significant outflows of population from the Middle East to the rest of the world, particularly North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, West Africa and the Gulf countries. This migration, which started in the second half of the 1800s and continued to day, spared none of the then available mediums to network with its origin. However, progress in the transportation and communication fields, particularly in the last few decades, has opened innovative and swift resources for networking between migrants and residents, on the one hand, and migrants in different diasporic communities, on the other.

These forged networks between residents, migrants and transmigrants, which transcend boundaries and language barriers, and interlock social relationships through financial, human and social remittances and which affect and stimulate all parties, have interested the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at Notre Dame University in Lebanon and encouraged it to examine these networks in light of history and contemporary developments.

This paper is process oriented, i.e. it will illustrate how the Center utilised the Migration History Workshop Festival in the Lebanese town of Ehden in order to test the plausibility of integrating traditional (e.g. official and media archives), alternative (oral history, visual history, material culture, and spatial development) and Information Communication Technology-based methodologies (e.g. email, chats, instant messaging, websites, Short Message Service, digital photography, and video conferencing) in migration network studies.

This paper aims to share the initial results of the plausibility study and the use of these results in creating a template by which to study Lebanese transnational community networks throughout the world.
Document typeLecture