This panel seeks to make a contribution to the present upsurge in anthropological work on refugees and the subject of displacement. Particular focus here will be given to representations of and material practices relating to home and homemaking.
At a time of writing this (June 2017) the United Nations High Commission for Refugees reports that there are at least 65 million refugees and displaced people in the world. Both anthropologists, and artists (of all kinds) have become increasingly engaged with the subject and this panel seeks to make a contribution to one of the central issues of the age. The particular focus here is upon notions and representations of home and homemaking, especially among populations that are displaced or otherwise ‘away from home’. We invite presentations of artistic work or accounts of artistic projects alongside written papers that explore the power of images of home and material practices of homemaking in a context of displacement. Such images or practices can powerfully challenge or add nuance to political narratives, while others, at a more personal level, demonstrate the significant therapeutic role of art and material representation in processing the trauma of displacement and dislocation. Contributions that adopt either a global or a more intimate perspective will be welcomed. We are especially keen to attract work that critically examines questions of place, identity, hospitality, and the idea of the stranger in this context, and furthers our aim of advancing theoretical notions of home and homemaking to more central positions in the discipline.