P145
Hope, home and abroad

Convenors:
Harry Pettit (University of Oxford)
Prasert Rangkla (Thammasat University)
Janine Su (University College London)
Discussant:
Samuli Schielke (Zentrum Moderner Orient)
Format:
Panels
Location:
U6-16
Start time:
22 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel addresses the productive tensions of home and abroad, social reproduction and transformation, imagined pasts and possible futures, as they come together in the nexus of hope and movement.

Long abstract:

The current era of large-scale cross-border migrations has made it attractive to think of mobilities and migrations in unidirectional and transformative terms: people moving from one place to another, and thus becoming something they were not before. However, the hopes humans invest into movement, and the actual paths of people on the move, provide a more complex picture. Mobility as a form of hope is as much about buiding a life at home as it is about going abroad; it is as much about remaking the known along a circular path as it is about progression towards something new. This panel addresses the productive tensions of home and abroad, social reproduction and transformation, imagined pasts and possible futures, as they come together in the nexus of hope and movement. With these questions, the panel also brings together anthropology's current engagement with hope and transnational lives, and its longer legacy of concern for social reproduction and circular mobilities.