In my recent fieldwork in Ecuador, last April, I had the opportunity to visit three different areas of the country that in the last decades have been characterized by massive emigration. In each place, I was able to walk around, observe, meet returned migrants, key informants, have all sorts of occasional encounters. After talking to migrants living in Europe for many years, I was eventually able to move “up the river” to the spring of the human flows I had been studying at the opposite side. Lots of questions were buzzing in my mind: what was the impact of all these people leaving for so long? What would happen with the migrants that did return at last? Had they been able to fulfil what seems to be the most enduring and resilient imaginary –spending some years abroad, building a house and going back home?
HOMInG's seminar 52_21, next April 23 at 11 am CET, will be with Stefania Yapo. Her presentation invites us to unravel the practical and emotional functions of migrant houses, both in countries of origin and residence, as a key aspect of the transnational migration research agenda. Moving from an ethnographic case study of a family house in … Leggi tutto HOMING SEMINAR (APRIL 23, 11 CET): THE INTERRELATED FUNCTIONS OF A REMITTANCE B&B: AN ARCHEOLOGY OF RELATIONS, OBJECTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD (BY S. YAPO)
Practicing ethnography means to learn how to master the right distance and proximity with the subjects who inhabit the field we have set to explore. As anthropologists, we are trained to exercise in participant observation (or to observe such participation, Tedlock 1991); as qualitative social scientists at large we juggle with terms that describe our … Leggi tutto S. BONFANTI: OF RESEARCH PARTICIPATION AND CREATIVE OUTPUTS
During the lockdown in Italy, in spring 2020, the HOMInG team worked with some trainee students from Trento's Department of Sociology to explore the evolving representations of home on social media. The post below, by Maria Rebecca Rossi, reports some findings from her exploratory study of home, homelessness and migrants in Facebook groups dedicated to … Leggi tutto #STAYHOME UNDER LOCKDOWN IN ITALY (1): PERCEPTIONS OF HOME AND MIGRANT/HOMELESS PEOPLE IN FACEBOOK GROUPS (BY MARIA REBECCA ROSSI)
Forced domesticity, homes and new vulnerabilities: experiences during the Covid-19 in India and impact on research By Barbara Bertolani On the evening of March 24, the Indian Prime Minister Modi announced on TV that, starting at midnight, all India would be blocked, the markets would be closed and public and private transports would stop due … Leggi tutto COVID-19 AND RESEARCH ON HOME AND MIGRATION – HOMINGERS’ TALES FROM THE FIELD (4): BARBARA BERTOLANI
Home Research Confidential – Roma and Covid-19 by Stefánia Toma In February 2020 I was dreaming about the upcoming spring and summer. I was supposed to start again my field visits in the Roma communities of Transylvania, beginning my mornings with freshly grounded coffee, rich breakfasts and pálinka (local short drink, in Hungarian). I would have … Leggi tutto COVID-19 AND RESEARCH ON HOME AND MIGRATION – HOMINGERS’ TALES FROM THE FIELD (3): STEFANIA TOMA
Holding our breath… By Sara Bonfanti Self-ethnography Intro Covid-19 reached me sideways in Milan on 22nd Feb. I was enjoying a tour around the local Chinatown, expressly organized to support the Chinese community who has settled there since the 1930s and thrived, despite the mounting xenophobia addressing this national minority since the viremia had burst … Leggi tutto COVID-19 AND RESEARCH ON HOME AND MIGRATION – HOMINGERS’ TALES FROM THE FIELD (2): SARA BONFANTI
This post opens a series in which the members of the HOMInG research team will analyze the substantive, methodological and ethical implications of doing research on home and migration, in times of global pandemic. After this piece by L.E. Pérez Murcia, more contributions will come from S. Bonfanti, S. Toma, B. Bertolani, I. Vari-Lavoisier and P. … Leggi tutto COVID-19 AND RESEARCH ON HOME AND MIGRATION – HOMINGERS’ TALES FROM THE FIELD (1): LUIS E. PEREZ MURCIA
The Netherlands has recently launched a project to provide shelters for undocumented migrants. How can state authorities provide housing for the invisible population of those who are simply not supposed to be there? Belloni and Aru answered this question by interviewing local authorities, government officials and civil society and by spending time with undocumented migrants … Leggi tutto M. Belloni, S. Aru: ‘Sheltering the undocumented in Amsterdam: Inclusive housing rights or policing urban informality’?
Giorgia Papavero: Notes from the HOMInG survey with Ecuadorian migrants in Milan (Autumn 2019) As a part of HOMInG’s research design, a survey with Ecuadorian migrants (n=400) was implemented in Milan with a group of twelve enumerators, ten of them women and two men, recruited by ISMU Foundation (November-December 2019). They mostly had a professional … Leggi tutto GIORGIA PAPAVERO: NOTES FROM THE HOMING SURVEY WITH ECUADORIAN MIGRANTS IN MILAN (AUTUMN 2019)
Paolo Boccagni: #StayHome, forced domesticity, the kids playing in my condominium garden, and some unsettling parallels between insiders and outsiders 1. When the #StayHome appeals started to gain grounds in the past few weeks, they still had something of a romantic tone. More home, that is, more time for oneself, for one's private life, for … Leggi tutto Paolo Boccagni: #StayHome, forced domesticity, the kids playing in my condominium garden, and some unsettling parallels between insiders and outsiders
Based on 9 months HOMInG research in Amsterdam, Milena Belloni addresses the commission of the municipality over the mayor's proposal to restrict squatting. As she argues, squatting can provide cheap and creative solutions for the unsolved housing problem of the many undocumented migrants living in the city. Here is the text of the speech. 30th … Leggi tutto The social importance of squatting: Milena Belloni’s intervention at Amsterdam City Council
Towards a way of researching into migrants' houses: empty rooms, objects and images as substitutes for the absent ones Barbara Bertolani (ERC HOMInG – UniTrento) Last August I went to Punjab, India, in the district of Ropar, to conduct my fieldwork for about one month. I returned to Punjab after seven years. The first … Leggi tutto Barbara Bertolani: “Towards a way of researching into migrants’ houses: empty rooms, objects and images as substitutes for the absent ones”
Desplazados por la violencia: en busca de un lugar llamado ‘hogar’ Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia** Las facilidades y avances tecnológicos que caracterizan al mundo moderno permiten que viajeros y personas de negocios no solo anochezcan en un continente y amanezcan en otro, sino que además puedan experimentar el sentido de hogar mientras viajan. El … Leggi tutto LUIS EDUARDO PEREZ MURCIA: “DESPLAZADOS POR LA VIOLENCIA: EN BUSCA DE UN LUGAR LLAMADO ‘HOGAR'”