Here is the abstract of the paper I will present at the CASCA/AES conference at the University of Toronto in twenty-three hours and seventeen minutes:
The World Wide Diasporic Web: Blogging and its Role in the Experience of Transnationalism Among Filipinos Online
Transnationalism is the condition of being socially present in more than one country, while transnational migrants are those people whose everyday lives simultaneously unfold across borders. But what is the role of the Internet–that so-called borderless space–in the experience of transnationalism among diasporic people? Specifically, how is transnationalism experienced by Filipinos in global diaspora in the context of the new medium of weblogs, also known as blogs? And is there such a thing as a transnational imagined community of Filipino bloggers?
I’m in the first day (yay!) of the second session (boo!) in the last slot (double boo!) before lunch (where’s my gun?). It’s possible I’ll collapse from protein deprivation before my turn comes up. But seriously, I need protein so bad I occasionally get headaches if I don’t get some on schedule. Maybe I should smuggle in a burger to eat in between sessions? Or perhaps I can bring a tub of popcorn to eat while I listen to the other presenters.
And guess what, the Comaroffs are giving the plenary talk. Utter coolness. Maybe I should ask them to sign my chest? I hope my friend brings his digital recorder, I’m so totally getting a copy from him. I wonder if I can post the recording for download or if there’s too much legal whatsit to consider. I’ll have to ask.