This seminar pursues the question how writing and diaspora co-determine each other. Diaspora is associated with community, with movement, with displacement. But how does textuality come in? There are many diasporic texts which explore, remember, or re-imagine slavery, pogroms, genocide and war. So, what are the functions of such texts, whom are they written for, how do they, potentially, affect readers and communities? Which roles do memory and archive play for diasporic communities? Which properties allow diasporic writing to function in the ways it does? How can we even gauge such 'effects'? This seminar engages diaspora theory and diaspora literatures from several contexts. A reading list will be uploaded for participants in the term break.