Accepted Paper:

Singing the spirit home  


Ullrich Kockel (University of the Highlands and Islands)

Paper short abstract:

This meditation will take song as a way of spiritual connection with a (lost) homeland and ponder ways in which people connect with home places both close-at-hand and far away in time and space.

Paper long abstract:

Evoking home in song is a powerful ethnopoietic endeavour. In this meditation the central intuition is the recognition that such evocation can be interpreted very differently by different politico-cultural stakeholders. Contemplating instances of home-bound and place-directed song in various contexts, the meditation will illuminate the spatial and temporal circulation of cultural imaginaries of home in their ethno- and topopoietic significance.

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