Home04
Makeshift 'homing'

Convenors:
Marie Sandberg (University of Copenhagen)
Kerstin Poehls (Universität Hamburg)
Tine Damsholt (Copenhagen University)
Stream:
Home
Location:
VG 3.108
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

How do people attempt to do 'home' while being on the run, fleeing from war, or while sleeping rough, living on the streets, or otherwise being on the go? How do people improvise dwelling, establish 'an everyday' when being in states of exception?

Long abstract:

How do people attempt to do 'home' while being on the run, fleeing from war, or while sleeping rough, living on the streets, or otherwise being on the go? Even when they are in states of exception or emergency, people tend to improvise dwelling; to establish 'an everyday' or a feeling of homeliness via making certain routines and organizing their immediate surroundings in a specific way. The verb 'homing' underlines home as activities/practices involving the materialities at hand. People do 'homing' through multiple means: by always bringing a family picture to hang on the wall, even without having a wall to hang it on; by organizing their belongings and baggage in a particular manner; or by maintaining their evening sleep rituals, even without a bed. Papers could discuss the 'homing' of migrants or refugees, as well as vagrants, itinerants, drifters, and other people without a stable roof over their head. Contributions could also elaborate on ideas about what is a 'good home', and/or how to make newcomers feel welcome. Cases in point could be welcome-initiatives for refugees, such as temporary housing and host facilities, or recent discussions about establishing refugee tent-camps.