Reconceptualising diasporic intellectual networks: Mobile scholars in transnational space

Qiongqiong Chen, Jill P. Koyama

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In this article, we explore how Chinese scholars in the USA recount their transnational collaborations and linkages. Guided by post-colonial theories and cultural studies of transnational academic mobility, we utilise in-depth interviews to resituate the scholars' experiences within a discourse of diasporic intellectual networks. We argue that their movement is not simply a transfer from one physical location to another, but rather that the movement itself constitutes a new space of identification, of belonging and of global imagination. We conclude by considering the transnational implications of local agency for global connectivity and emergence of new subjectivities in a fluid global world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • academic mobility
  • diasporic network
  • identity and subjectivity
  • transnational space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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