HOMING INTERVIEW #44: KARSTEN PAERREGAARD

HOMInG INTERVIEW with KARSTEN PAERREGAARD (University of Gothenburg)
Conducted by Sara Bonfanti

“If you conduct long-term ethnography with migrant families, you know the risk of romanticising the idea of home. We should be careful, because it’s not only a risk which comes from our part in the ethnographic tale, but also in many migrants’ own life worlds. I mean, they invest so much financially and emotionally in a place they want to call home, but sometimes they can’t fully be there. Not in the place they leave behind, nor in the new one they are trying to make for themselves… What lingers in between is home in fact, but it feels like something heavy to travel with.”

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Photo by Karsten Paerregaard: The glaciers of Mount Hualca Hualca.