The panel focuses on sensoriality and emotionality of home and home-making and the role senses, emotions and their interconnection play in establishing/disrupting (the sense of) home. We welcome empirical, methodological, and theoretical papers exploring sensory and/or emotional qualities of home.
Home stems from everyday practices and polyrhythmias of (co)habitation, is infused with memories and emotions, consists of things and objects, and spans space/time. These practices and processes have a sensual dimension that may invoke various emotions relevant for (not) feeling at home.. Senses are crucial for explorations of home, its materiality, imaginaries as well as politics and gendered/ethnicised/age-related practices. We maintain that the sensory qualities of home co-produce its emotionality as complex on both the actual and imaginary levels: processing of food, cleanliness, ambiances , particular smells, tastes, surfaces and textures or absence thereof are of extreme importance for becoming at home, taking care of it, imagining it but also play a role in experiencing/remembering home as a place of fear, abuse, violence or guilt. Sensoriality and emotionality intermingle at home and it is the role of senses, emotions and their interconnection in the ways we become at home that represent the key focus of this session. We invite papers on: Research of how senses and/or emotions are employed in production and consumption of home; Explorations of sensorialities of home and the ways they contribute to the emotionality of feeling at home and the ambiguities/contingencies of home; Explorations of emotionalities of home and the ways in which they are related to sensory dimensions of particular homes and their material groundings; Methodological issues related to the research of sensorialities and emotionalities (of and at home); Theoretical engagements with the interconnections of senses and emotions regarding home and home-making.