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Accepted Paper:

Rooted in movement: on the conceptual displacements in the study of diasporas and migrants  
Hyun-Gwi Park (Kyung Hee University)

Paper long abstract:

This proposed paper addresses the question of scale in conceptualisation of human mobility and rootedness in imagining the (dis-)connection between cultural identity and place. Culture rooted in the land has been a traditional axiom of anthropological research, which aimed to study a group of people in specific time and place. However, in accordance with the increase of human mobility in post-modernist period, while the movement of people was perceived as per se, the fixation on geometric land produced some confusions and puzzles, consequently producing new terms such as 'up-rootedness', 'hybridity', & 'trans-nationalism' so on. Drawing on the ethnographic case of Korean diasporas in the Russian Far East, this proposed paper explores the alternative concept of root as 'the relational nexus'(Munn 1986), arguing that mobility and fixity is paired, alarming the risk of one way traffic in use of either notion. I propose to displace our concept of rootedness/place in order to apprehend the people's mediating spatial practices, rather than to focus on the displacements among diasporas and migrants.

Panel W001
A new virtue? Imaginaries and regimes of mobility across the globe
  Session 1