This panel traces frictions between belonging and non-belonging as they are lived by individuals and groups in transnational and translocal settings. The focus is on practices and expressive forms whereby borders of belonging are invoked, dealt with and possibly transformed.
After a period of seeming de-bordering in the 1990s, Europe is undergoing a process of re-bordering. In many other parts of the world, too, state borders have become increasingly de-territorialised and virtualised, monitored with advanced technologies, while the thought of border as an impenetrable physical wall has grown more appealing. This is happening as more and more people choose or are forced to move and to divide their lives between multiple places. Hardly ever a straightforward matter, (non-)belonging has become an increasingly difficult condition and phenomenon to pin down. Even in the absence of legal problems or blatant hostility, the feeling of 'being at home' does not necessarily go hand in hand with the feeling of being welcomed, understood, and secure. This panel aims to trace frictions between belonging and non-belonging as they are lived by individuals and groups in transnational and translocal settings. Approaching belonging and non-belonging as intertwined relational, material, embodied, and gendered processes, we invite contributions on practices and expressive forms whereby borders of belonging are invoked, dealt with, budged and possibly transformed in the flow of daily life and communication. Also of interest are explorations of emergent intersections of ethnicity, citizenship, gender, race, class and other categories of (non-)belonging as well as debates over political, social, and cultural arenas in which definitions, forms and experiences of (non-)belonging are asserted and contested. By exploring these issues, this panel also aims to track changes - or needs for changes - in ethnological and folkloristic thinking about identity.