"We make the concept of home bear so much, and then we situate it within a political system that … makes it hard to reconnect home with politics. This is the reason why there is really this urgency to investigate what it means to have a home, to be at home".
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?
SIEF2021 15th Congress Helsinki, Finland19-24 June 2021 BREAKING THE RULES? POWER, PARTICIPATION, TRANSGRESSION “We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.” – François Rabelais Former Hominger Sara Bonfanti will give a talk in the upcoming SIEF Congress under the Stream Mobility within the Panel Highly skilled migrants: challenging ‘integration’ categories convened … Leggi tutto HOMING @ ‘BREAKING THE RULES?’ – SIEF 2021 CONFERENCE
HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni and Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia will participate, next June 23 and 24, in an online seminar convened by the Im(Mobilities) strand of MIDEX at UCLan, University of Central Lancashire. Paolo will give a Keynote speech on day 1 and Luis Eduardo will give a presentation within a session on Space/Place, House/Home: Possessing, occupying. Both … Leggi tutto HOMING @ ‘MAKING HOME, DOING BELONGING: MOBILITIES AND IMMOBILITIES IN EXPERIENCE, THEORY AND POLICY’ (UCLAN, ONLINE, JUNE 23-24)
‘Home’ is often thought of as the place where one belongs. However, what if one wants to belong somewhere, but a great weight of painful history has separated you from your old home? In this paper, the author interleaves the history of his family in Lithuania with the momentous events that occurred there, especially during … Leggi tutto ROBIN COHEN: MY LOST LITHUANIAN HOME: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY ON BELONGING AND NOT BELONGING (HOMING WP 13_2021)
HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni will give a keynote at the International conference Optimistic Suburbia 2, to take place at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon on 16-18 June. The conference, primarily addressed to housing, urban and architecture scholars, aims to explore "the shaping and the pattern of autonomous neighbourhoods for the middle-class, both of private and public promotion, on the … Leggi tutto HOMING @ OPTIMISTIC SUBURBIA 2: MIDDLE-CLASS MASS HOUSING COMPLEXES (LISBON, 16-18 JUNE)
How many times can refugees lose home? And how does this influence their aspirations and capabilities to make a new home? A new article by Milena Belloni and Aurora Massa in the Journal of Refugee Studies, based on their fieldwork into the housing pathways of Eritrean refugees in Europe, analyses protracted displacement through the lens … Leggi tutto ACCUMULATED HOMELESSNESS: ANALYSING PROTRACTED DISPLACEMENT ALONG ERITREANS’ LIFE HISTORIES (M. BELLONI; A. MASSA, ‘JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES’, 2021)
Next week, at the 50yrs. conference of NIAS (the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies) on Studies of Belonging, two homingers will give their online presentations. Paolo Boccagni will first participate in a panel on 'Refuge and belonging' on Wed 9 June, together with B. Pasveer and N. Binaisa. He will then give a presentation on 'Feeling at home on the move' on Thursday 10 … Leggi tutto HOMING @ ‘STUDIES OF BELONGING’ – NIAS 2021 CONFERENCE
Next HOMInG seminar [56_21] will be held on June 3th, at 10am CEST, by Stefania Toma.AbstractWhat is Home for families living in poverty and at the margins of society? Can we understand their international (or rather liquid) migration as aspiration for creating a place where they can feel at home? What do Romanian Roma returnees … Leggi tutto HOMING SEMINAR (JUNE 3, 10 CEST): “HOME BALLOON – CONTENTUAL AND CONCEPTUAL STRETCHING OF HOME. FAMILY ASPIRATIONS ON THE MOVE” BY STEFANIA TOMA
HOMInG interview with Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University) Conducted by Barbara Bertolani December 2020 "In Arabic and in Hebrew, the word for “home” or “house” is very similar, it’s beit in Arabic and Ba'it in Hebrew. We don’t have in our languages separate words for home and house, so it includes the physical structures and the social and personal … Leggi tutto HOMING INTERVIEW #52: ARIEL HANDEL
HOMInG Seminar 47_20, last December, was with Dr. Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University), author, among other pieces, of What’s in a home? Toward a critical theory of housing/dwelling. https://youtu.be/WzfKE5lb5H0 Ariel held a seminar titled Between Homing And Ruination: Making And Unmaking Homes In The Occupied Palestinian Territories, discussing settler colonialism as a specific type of relation between migration … Leggi tutto Ariel Handel: “What’s in a home” (video)
Next HOMInG Seminar [55_21] will be held on May 18th, at 10am CEST, by Luis Eduardo Perez-Murcia (University of Trento, ERC HOMInG). Abstract What and where is home for those who are moved by the hand of God? How does mobility driven by people’s faith complicate the home-mobility nexus? Based on the life story of … Leggi tutto NEW HOMING SEMINAR (MAY 18, 10 CEST): “‘Moved by the hand of God’: Exploring the role of communities of faith in the home-migration nexus”
Milena Belloni, former "hominger" and now FWO Research Fellow at the University of Antwerp, has recently published an OA paper on transnational and diasporic housing, based on her HOMInG fieldwork in Eritrea. The paper, Remittance Houses and Transnational Citizenship: Mapping Eritrea’s Diaspora–State Relationships, is part of a Special Issue of African Spectrum co-edited by T. Muller and M. … Leggi tutto REMITTANCE HOUSES AND TRANSNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP: MAPPING ERITREA’S DIASPORA–STATE RELATIONSHIPS (M. BELLONI, ‘AFRICA SPECTRUM’, 2021)
Next HOMInG’s seminar (54_21), will be an online book presentation of Art, Borders and Belonging: On Home and Migration (edited by Bloomsbury, 2021). The seminar will be held on May 11th at 4pm CEST. Speakers include the book's editors, Maria Photiou and Marsha Meskimmon, as well as the contributors Lydia Wooldridge, Nadia Garcia, Imogen Racz, … Leggi tutto HOMING SEMINAR (MAY 11, 4 CEST): “Art, Borders and Belonging” online book presentation