Accepted Paper:

"Homes" of the Lithuanians in New York: from cultural symbols to social imagination  

Author:

Ieva Kripiene (Mykolas Romeris University)

Paper short abstract:

In this presentation we will try to focus on the concept of “home” and its meaning to the contemporary immigrants from Lithuania, reflecting the data from the fieldwork in New York. How the concept of “home” shapes the ideas about re-migration to a “home country”?

Paper long abstract:

In this presentation we will try to focus on the concept of "home" and its meaning to the contemporary immigrants from Lithuania, reflecting the data from the fieldwork in New York. In the global world, where transnational identities are being created and practiced, the question of belonging is a very important. What "homes" have/ creates/ dreams of having transmigrants, while living in a "host society" but at the same time maintaining tight relations with a "home country"? Is "home" indescribable notion of feelings, constantly changing social memory or even imagination? Interesting question is how the concept of "home" shapes the ideas about re-migration to a "home country"?

Panel P49
Translating cultural imaginaries of home: near-homes and far-homes