HOMInG seminars

Through periodical seminars, conferences and meetings, HOMInG aims to facilitate the circulation of ideas, methods and research findings on the interface of home-making, migration and human mobility, by engaing colleagues from a variety of disciplinary and national backgrounds. HOMInG seminars generally take place at the Dpt. of Sociology, University of Trento.


HS 60_2021 November 18, 6pm CET: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University of Southern California) – South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A. – online book presentation and discussion with Sara Bonfanti and Alejandro Miranda-Nieto

HS 59_21 October 18, 12pm CEST: Online presentation of the book Thinking Home on the Movediscussion around the book with Cathrine Brun and Michele Lancione, convened by Luis Eduardo Perez-Murcia

HS 58_21 September 22, 12pm CEST: Robin Cohen (University of Oxford): The Changing Idea of Homeland and Home in Diaspora Studies – convened by Luis Eduardo Perez-Murcia

HS 57_21 June 3, 10am CEST: Stefánia Toma (University of Trento; Babeș-Bolyai University): Home Balloon – Contentual and conceptual stretching of Home. Family aspirations on the move

HS 56_21 May 18; 10am CEST: Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia (University of Trento): ‘Moved by the hand of God’: Exploring the role of communities of faith in the home-migration nexus

HS 55_21 May 11; 4pm CEST: M. Photiou (University of Derby) and M. Meskimmon (Loughborough University): Art, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration” (edited by Bloomsbury, 2021) online book presentation

HS 54_21 May 6; 10am CEST: Barbara Bertolani (University of Trento): Exploring the sacralization of migrant homes: religious rituals, objects and spaces as ways of home-making

HS 53_21 April 23; 11am CEST: Stefania Yapo (University of Trento): The interrelated functions of a remittance B&B: an archeology of relations, objects and neighborhood

HS 52_21 April 23; 10am CEST: Sara Bonfanti (University of Trento): Our minimum dwelling space: Desi wear at home and away

HS 51_21 April 22; 11am CEST: Hagar Kotef (SOAS University of London): The Colonizing Self. Or, Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine

HS 50_21 February 16: Nandita Sharma (University of Hawaii at Mānoa): The Hardening of Nationalisms and the Making of Postcolonial National-Natives

HS 49_21 February 11: Flavia Cangià (University of Fribourg): Liminal Moves. Traveling along Places, Meanings, and Times


HS 48_20 December 10: Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University): What’s in a home? Toward a critical theory of housing/dwelling

HS 47_20 November 23: N. Frost, T. Selwyn and S. Hadzimuhamedovic: “Travelling towards Home: Mobilities and Homemaking” online book presentation

HS 46_20 November 3: A. Miranda-Nieto, A. Massa, S. Bonfanti: “Shifting Roofs: Ethnographies of Home and Mobility in Europe” online book presentation

HS 45_20 October 21: Tasoulla Hadyijanni (University of Minnesota Twin Cities): The Right to Home: Exploring How Space, Culture and Identity Intersect with Disparities” online book presentation

HS 44_20 October 20: J. Lenhard, F. Samanani, F. Kazhaei, N. Simpson: “Home: Ethnographic encounters” online book presentation

HS 43_20 October 8: Mirjana Lozanovska (Deakin University, Melbourne): “Migrant Housing. Architecture, Dwelling, Migration” online book presentation

HS 42_20 September 25: Katherine Brickell (Royal Holloway, University of London): “Home SOS” online book presentation

HS 41_20 February 21: Stefania Yapo (University of Trento): (Dual) Citizenship in the Mirror: The everyday understanding of citizenship among Peruvian migrants in Italy and Spain

HS 40_20 February 20Milena Belloni (University of Trento): An impossible alliance on housing? Squatters, city administrators and undocumented migrants in Amsterdam


HS 39_19 26 November 26Jason Hart (University of Bath): Safe as Houses? Shelter and Home in Displacement Camps

HS 38_19 October 16: Remus Anghel (The Romanian Institute For Research On National Minorities): Transnational return and social change: Hierarchies, identities and ideas – book presentation

HS 37_19 October 14: Oscar Molina and Brenda Steinecke: Mi casa – my home: on the houses of the absent ones

HS 36_19 October 14: David Fitzgerald (UC San Diego): Refuge beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

HS 35_19 September 11: Cecilia Menjivar (UCLA): The Criminalization of Immigrants through Law and Media in the United States

HS 34_19 September 11: Rachael Kiddey (University of Oxford): Documenting Displacement. A Contemporary Archaeologist’s Guide to Urban Ethnography

HS 33_19 September 9: Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Chungking Mansions Ten Years After: the Intertwined Lives of Ethnographers, Interviewees and Field Site

HConference 2_19, June 3-4:  HomING: Displacement, suspension, projections and achievements in making home on the move (with the HOMInG and HOASI team and about 40 colleagues from all across social sciences)

HS 32_19 April 12: Alejandro Miranda (University of Trento): Home as infrastructure, process and practice

HS 31_19 April 11: Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College): Creating Home – National Literature as a Window on Belonging

HS 30_19 March 14: Aurora Massa (University of Trento): Material culture, lived religion and homemaking practices among Eritrean refugees across Europe

HS 29_19 January 18: Ann Varley (UCL): From nomadic subjects to noble savages? Inverting binaries of mobility and dwelling


HS 28_18 December 3: Flore Gubert (DIAL, Paris): Migrant hometown associations and local development in Mali and Senegal 

HS 27_18 November 15: Helen Taylor (Queen Mary University): Home on the move – the negotiated meaning of home for refugees in London

HS 26_18 October 10: Andrea Brighenti (University of Trento): Urban thresholds and modes of domestication

HS 25_18 September 14: Henrike Donner (Goldsmith College): Home is where you get the most”: Neoliberalism, middle-class diaspora and NRI home-making in Kolkata, India

HS 24_18 September 13: Michele Lancione (University of Sheffield): Weird exoskeletons: the politics of home in underground Bucharest

HS 23_18 September 12: Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne): The production of homeliness: inside and outside the logic of generalized domestication

HS 22_18 September 12: Maruska Svasek (Queen’s University Belfast): Translocal relatedness and homing as affective practice and movement 

HS 21_18 September 11: Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne): The lenticular condition

HS 20_18 June 21: Deirdre McKay (Keele University): Home against home – unpacking an ethics of home-making in the Filipino diaspora

HS 19_18 May 23: Antonio Tosi (Politecnico di Milano): Pensare un welfare abitativo: alla ricerca di politiche ‘più sociali’

HS 18_18 May 8: Nancy Foner (City University of New York): Feeling at home: National identity and the second generation in the US and Western Europe

HS 17_18, April 13: Olivia Sheringham and Janetka Platun (Queen Mary, University of London), Exploring urban dwelling and migration through collaboration and creative practice

HS 16_18, March 19: Annalisa Frisina (University of Padova), Visual Methods in Migration Studies. An Introduction for HOMInG researchers

HS 15_18, February 27: Ilka Vari-Lavoisier, Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia, Milena Belloni, From migration and refugee studies to homing… and beyond

HS 14_18, January 10: Peter Kellett (Newcastle University), Constructing houses: creating home. Informal building and dwelling practices in Colombia


HS 13_17, December 12: Giuliana Costa (Politecnico, Milan), Where next? Emerging care needs and the (re)construction of domestic space

HS 12_17, November 10: Pnina Werbner (Anthropology, Keele University), Migration and the sacralisation of (new) homes

HS 11_17, November 9: Pnina Werbner (Anthropology, Keele University), The Illusion of simultaneity: When home loses its ‘homeliness’

 HS 10_17, October 16: Daniel Miller (Anthropology, University College London), Migration and interior decoration, offline and online

 HS 9_17, September 13: Jan Willem Duyvendak (Sociology, University of Amsterdam), Melissa Butcher (Geography, Birbeck College), Stef Jansen (Anthropology, University of Manchester), Researching home across disciplines: a conversation

 HS 8_17, July 3: Nando Sigona (Sociology, University of Birmingham), Campzenship: the camp as a social and political space 

HConference 1_17, June 5-6: Researching home and migration: Questions, methods, prospects (with the HOMInG team and about 50 scholars from 17 different countries)

HS 7_17, May 22: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (Sociology, USC), Black and brown on common ground: Rooting men, masculinities and race 

 HS 6_17, May 9: Irene Cieraad (Anthropology, TU Delft), Anthropological perspectives of home

HS 5_17, March 21: Adriano Cancellieri (Sociology, IUAV, Venice), Qui mi sento a casa. Cos’è e come si costruisce il ‘senso di casa’: tra bisogni antropologici e sfide contemporanee 

 HS 4_17, January 17: Loretta Baldassar (Sociology, UWA), Visits Home as kinning and consumption: Pilgrimage, rite of passage, migration stage or routine transnational life way? 


HS 3_16, December 19: Fare-casa e sentirsi a casa in migrazione (Applied anthropology SIAA Workshop with Paolo Boccagni, Bruno Riccio, Sebastiano Ceschi, Roberta Altin, Sara Bonfanti, Giuseppe Grimaldi)

HS 2_16, December 14: Lures and pitfalls of doing research in the home: a conversation with Elinor Ochs (Anthropology, UCLA)

HS_1/16, December 13: Elinor Ochs (Anthropology, UCLA), Reconsidering the American Dream