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Uncertain belongings: exploring the materiality of home among refugees and migrants 
Jeanette Lykkegård (Århus University)
Cecil Marie Schou Pallesen (Moesgaard Museum and Gender Museum Denmark)
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Bodies, Affects, Senses, Emotions
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

How do people, who fled or left their home of origin, interact with, inhabit, and embody their physical surroundings in the new place? How do experiences of food, things, houses or other physical structures, nature, weather, or atmospheres form, enable or contest ways of belonging?

Long Abstract:

To what extend - and how - is our sense of belonging created and co-created with and within our material surroundings? Tim Ingold (2017) has argued that we live in a weather-world; a world we perceive with. According to this understanding, we live in the world and the world gets inside us, and saturates our awareness. So, we are immersed in and created through our environment. But what happens then, when we are, or are in risk of being, uprooted, from the places, we are connected to? Or when our lifeworlds are spread across long distances and national borders?

We hence wish to explore uncertain belongings through ethnographic studies of materiality; the approach of 'thinking through things' (Henare et al 2007); and the idea that materiality not only confines to things as such but the tactile more broadly: smells, tastes, light, sounds, and atmospheres. We invite papers that explore questions such as: How does it feel to (not) belong, or belong in ambiguous or contested ways? How do migrants and refugees interact with their physical surroundings, inhabit them, embody, shape - and take shape from them? Papers for this panel could focus on food, nature, personal belongings, houses or other physical structures, weather, atmospheres, aesthetics. We wish to make room for experimental ways of using language and visual media in the explorations of what it means to belong, when belonging is uncertain and challenged: we thus invite traditional papers as well as experimental writing and the use of various media.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -