We examine complements (inside products of a smooth projective complex curve of arbitrary genus) of unions of diagonals indexed by the edges of an arbitrary simple graph. We use Orlik–Solomon models associated to these quasiprojective manifolds to compute pairs of analytic germs at the origin, both for rank- and rank- representation varieties of their fundamental groups, and for degree- topological Green–Lazarsfeld loci. As a corollary, we describe all regular surjections with connected generic fiber, defined on the above complements onto smooth complex curves of negative Euler characteristic. We show that the nontrivial part at the origin, for both rank- representation varieties and their degree- jump loci, comes from curves of general type via the above regular maps. We compute explicit finite presentations for the Malcev Lie algebras of the fundamental groups, and we analyze their formality properties.
"On the geometry and topology of partial configuration spaces of Riemann surfaces." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 17 (2) 1163 - 1188, 2017. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2017.17.1163