This panel examines the relationships between culture, mobility, and ethnography with particular attention to how these intersections are reflected in the cultural poetics of several cultures on the move. How does culture move, and what are the potentials and frictions of cultures in motion?
While cultures have always been in motion, people now live in an unprecedented age of movement. How are we to best craft ethnographies of cultures in motion? As peoples cease to be tied to places, they enter new spaces of cultural encounter, production, knowledge and scrutiny. It is now commonplace that cultures and peoples unmoored from their local and particular origins - through colonialism, urbanization, industrialization, migration, conflict, travel, and the embrace of modern and globalized imaginaries - see their notions of ancestry, history, memory and identity ungrounded, and from these deterritorializations new quests for emplacement, attachment, fixity and meaning may spring, What are the frictions and potentials of cultures in motion? How are their cultural poetics and identities reconfigured so as to bear new and continuous meanings? Who sets the terms of these renegotiations? How do they enlist or redeploy traditions, homes, affects, and representations. What are the dangers of their becoming adrift? What are the intersections of cultures in motion or en route with identity, nationalism, diaspora, globalization, hybridity and nostalgia? Do place, space, and time bear privileged positions in understanding and conceptualizing them? Or, does the lens of consumption hold sway? Papers focusing on the ways in which cultural poetics - broadly construed in terms of ritual, heritage, landscape, literature, and other aesthetic and/or mediated forms and interventions - might engage with, respond to, and disrupt cultural movement, encounter, revitalization, continuity, and change are particularly invited. We also encourage participants to consider the crafting of ethnography in such contexts of movement.