Daphne Winland is Associate Professor of Anthropology. Her research reflects broadly focused interests in (trans)nationalism, diaspora, memory and the cultural politics of representation. Her research investigates contemporary Croatian struggles, both in diaspora and the new homeland, to reinvent themselves in the changing political, social and cultural landscape of post-communist Eastern Europe. Her current research focuses on recent Croatian government efforts to harness the diaspora, reflecting pressures to ‘liberalize’ economic development and citizenship regimes.
She is also engaged in research with homeless newcomer youth in Toronto. She has published on Mennonite ethno-religious identity and Laotian Hmong refugee conversion and adaptation (from her dissertation research), transnational politics, Bosnian Croats in post-war Bosnia and diaspora and homeland Croat relations. Results of her Croatian research during the war in the Former Yugoslavia are presented in ‘We are now a Nation’: Croats Between ‘Home’ and ‘Homeland’ (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, reprinted 2013).