Homing Interviews

Homing Interview #13
Conducted by Milena Belloni
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“Home is not an easy concept because it is pluriversal. It is used by many people, academics and non-academics alike and has a lot of different meanings. However, what is clear is that it is a relational concept. This means that it expresses a certain relation that a certain person or a group of people have with something or somebody else. This is often translated in terms of attachment and belonging. Now, when I think of home, I think of the first home of the human: the womb. That is the first ‘home’ and it says a lot about the concept in general”.

 

Homing Interview #12

HOMInG’s interview #12 (in Italian): Antonio Tosi

Conducted by Paolo Boccagni 

Tosi.jpg“Unlike ‘dwelling’, the concept of home enables us to move beyond bricks-and-mortar. It foregrounds, as a value, our relationship with a more or less extended surrounding space. This traditionally corresponds to our neighbourdhood, and that’s it. But if we opt for a selective use of territory, as people increasingly do, ‘home’ can reach far beyond the neighbourhood. What matters is the existence of a special relationship with the surroundings. This is what creates home as a value”.

 

Homing Interview #11

Homing Interview #11: Janetka Platun

Conducted by Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia

Dragons“Feeling connected to more than one place in my own mind is why I’m interested in exploring home as a concept as an artist. The more I explore the idea of home the more confused it becomes in my mind”.

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Homing Interview #10

Homing Interview #10: Nancy Foner

Conducted by Paolo Boccagni and Sara Bonfanti, on 9th May 2018 in Trento.

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In truth, migrants often have romanticized views of home. These views may provide comfort in the migrant setting when they, like Jamaicans in London and New York, experience disappointments and prejudice and discrimination.  But if they do actually return, they face a home that is less ideal than they remembered and that often has undergone significant change since”.

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Homing Interview #9

Homing Interview #9: Olivia Sheringham

Conducted by Sara Bonfanti, on 12th April 2018 in Trento.

https://www.imi.ox.ac.uk/people/o-sheringham/@@images/image/w320“What fascinates me is to explore how people can feel at home in multiple sites. Home is a dynamic idea in itself, because it constantly calls for its opposite. To understand it, we also have to challenge what is not home: it may be a place of violence, fear or lack. For instance, what does home mean for the homeless? Or for someone who is about to be evicted from their dwelling? Moreover, the sense of home is transient, it shifts with one’s life course and depends on one’s household circumstances.”.

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Homing Interview #8

Homing Interview #8: Pnina Werbner

Conducted by Sara Bonfanti and Paolo Boccagni, on 9th and 10th November 2017 in Trento.

PWpi“Home comes to us as an emotive concept, linked to our childhood, to ‘natural’ homes, motherhood, nurture and love. It promises unquestioning acceptance: ideally, we don’t have to wonder if we will be welcomed there at any time, although in practice not everyone will have this lucky exeprience”.

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Homing Interview #7

Homing Interview #7: Daniel Miller

 

Conducted by Sara Bonfanti on 16th Oct. 2017

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“If your situation is more fragile, if you have difficulties or lack of stability, then, I believe you need a much more fixed concept of home that provides you with that sense of solidity; and home may represent many things that you do not necessarily have. So, the point about home is that we are not talking of something which is only material or in terms of relationships, but of something that stands as an important presence and gives people in their life a sense of stability and foundation, something they feel most secure in relation to.”

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Homing Interview #6
Homing Interview #6: Jan Willem Duyvendak

 

Conducted by Alejandro Miranda on 13 September 2017

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“Home became important in my scholarly work because in the field that was popping up dominantly and I started to think ‘who is researching emotions’? And emotions in sociology still are somewhat, I would say… it’s developing very quickly but there is still a lot to do”.

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Homing Interview #5

Interview with Melissa Butcher (Birbeck, University of London) 

Conducted by Sara Bonfanti, on Sept. 12th 2017

MB“From the perspective of social and cultural geography, home is a set of relationships and everyday practices with spatial and temporal dimensions. Participants in my work most often describe it as a space of comfort and security, whether that is a physical home of bricks and mortar, a neighborhood, or a nation-state”.

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Homing Interview #4

Interview with Stef Jansen (University of Manchester)

Conducted by Aurora Massa on 13 September 2017

“As an anthSJropologist, the way I came to conceptualize home emerged from my ethnographic research amongst displaced persons in the post-Yugoslav states. Nevertheless, the result of that inductive conceptualization of home is very much in line with Ghassan Hage’s definition…”

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Homing interview #3

Interview with Cathrine Brun (Oxford Brookes University)

Conducted by Aurora Massa, Sara Bonfanti and Alejandro Miranda on 12 July 2017.

“I am a geographer and what I do is trying to understand how the relationship between people and place changes through movement”.
Cathrine Brun (Oxford Brookes University). Photo credit: Therese Lee Støver. More information here.

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Homing interview #2

Interview with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University of Southern California)

Conducted by Aurora Massa, Sara Bonfanti and Alejandro Miranda on 10 May 2017.

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research examines how Latino immigrants negotiate challenges with informal sector work, varied legal status, and changing gender, family and community relations. In her recent project, “Latinas/os in South Los Angeles (LiSLA)”, she studies the social processes of Latina/o integration in historically African American neighborhoods of Los Angeles, looking at public parks and urban community gardens, considering the extent to which these sites create a sense of place, belonging and civic culture. More information here.

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Interview with Irene Cieraad (Delft University of Technology)

Conducted by Aurora Massa, Sara Bonfanti and Alejandro Miranda on 10 May 2017.

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Irene Cieraad is a cultural anthropologist and senior research leader of Architectural Design/Interiors at Delft University of Technology. Her publications focus on a wide range of topics, such as domestic space, cultural history of the Dutch domestic interior, cultural theory, consumer cultures and household technology. More information here.

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