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Temporalities of dwelling elsewhere: placing and displacing home (SIEF Place Wisdom Group)

Convenors:
Vitalija Stepušaitytė (Heriot-Watt University)
Christos Kakalis (Newcastle University)
Stream:
Home
Location:
VG 3.108
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel explores the relation between time and place, seeking to answer questions of alternative temporalities of inhabitation. Challenging two dimensional representations and linear narratives of dis/placement, we welcome contributions that unfold eventual and temporal aspects of dwelling.

Long abstract:

The panel will explore the relation between time and place, seeking to answer questions of alternative temporalities of inhabitation. Waiting, wandering, dreaming, remembering, migrating, dealing with a trauma or even retelling and representing mobilities are just a few ways of grasping time. Placement and displacement (either temporary, transitional or permanent) are about time realized in a movement through space and are related to a number of situations that express diverse meanings: habitual, psychological, imaginative, creative or political and economical. Extensive studies with diverse groups in mobility (migrants, refugees, travelers) show that home is a polarized concept. Home is found in the interactions between humans' inner and outer worlds, with built spaces and landscape being circumstanced by personal meanings and always taking place in a wider context. Home raises the question of belonging followed by intense temporal connotations, especially in the case of movements from a familiar place to an unfamiliar one, our inhabitation of the latter and possible grounding there. The panel aims to create an interdisciplinary forum that will explore the complex temporalities of home as an experiential interpenetration of diverse layers of spatio-temporal interpretations. Challenging two dimensional representations and linear narratives of placement and displacement, we welcome contributions that unfold eventual and temporal aspects of dwelling.