National identity and nostalgiain expatriates’ letters,1979-2009
History, memoryand national identity Globalization Expatriation
A historiographical gap Expatriation literature: job arena National identity and nostalgia• natives• immigrants
National identity and nostalgia:the sources (1)The expatriates’ sense of national identity is evident intheir letters, pos...
National identity and nostalgia:the sources (2)Quotations “To many of you who read this, you will have seen us on our tri...
National identity and nostalgia:the sources (3)Quotations “To many of you who read this, you will have seen us on our tri...
Conclusion:The usefulness ofthe Expatriates’ ego-documentsA new entry in the large discussionabout national identity, hist...
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"National identity and nostalgia in expatriates’ letters, 1979-2009" by Mara Sfountouri

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Workshop IV: Finding Expats in Archives. Presentation by Mara Sfountouri, international master student at the Erasmus University. From the symposium "The Expatriate Experience: Past and Present", held in The Hague on 11th April 2013.

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"National identity and nostalgia in expatriates’ letters, 1979-2009" by Mara Sfountouri

  1. 1. National identity and nostalgiain expatriates’ letters,1979-2009
  2. 2. History, memoryand national identity Globalization Expatriation
  3. 3. A historiographical gap Expatriation literature: job arena National identity and nostalgia• natives• immigrants
  4. 4. National identity and nostalgia:the sources (1)The expatriates’ sense of national identity is evident intheir letters, postcards, e-mails (ego-documents)Nostalgia for the homeland works as a magnifier lens Culture (music, movies, sports) Landscape - Weather Food Everyday items The educational system
  5. 5. National identity and nostalgia:the sources (2)Quotations “To many of you who read this, you will have seen us on our trip home inJuly/August. This was the highlight of our year. Simple things like hearing anAustralian accent around you, people you dont know saying hello to you andtalking with you... that is what makes Australia unique for us.” “We were lucky enough to stay with some friends of friends who were mostgracious and their neighborhood strongly resembled suburban American whereone lawn joins the other, where children can safely run down the street toJohnny’s, and where you can take a walk after dinner and be greeted by yourneighbors who very likely will be doing the same thing.”
  6. 6. National identity and nostalgia:the sources (3)Quotations “To many of you who read this, you will have seen us on our trip home inJuly/August. This was the highlight of our year. Simple things like hearing anAustralian accent around you, people you dont know saying hello to you andtalking with you... that is what makes Australia unique for us.” “We were lucky enough to stay with some friends of friends who were mostgracious and their neighborhood strongly resembled suburban American(sic)where one lawn joins the other, where children can safely run down the street toJohnny’s, and where you can take a walk after dinner and be greeted by yourneighbors who very likely will be doing the same thing.”
  7. 7. Conclusion:The usefulness ofthe Expatriates’ ego-documentsA new entry in the large discussionabout national identity, history and memory
  8. 8. THANK YOU!
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