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?
Feeling at home across time and place, by HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni and Compas' Carlos Vargas-Silva, has just been published in Population, Space and Place [open access]. This is the first product out of HOMInG's transnational survey in London, Madrid and Milan (2019). The study was driven by the aim to make sense of migrants' views, emotions and … Leggi tutto FEELING AT HOME ACROSS TIME AND PLACE: A STUDY OF ECUADORIANS IN THREE EUROPEAN CITIES (BOCCAGNI & VARGAS-SILVA, ‘POPULATION, SPACE AND PLACE’, 2021)
P. Boccagni, L.E. Pérez Murcia: Fixed places, shifting distances: remittance houses and migrants’ negotiation of home in Ecuador ("Migration Studies", 2020) HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni and Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia have just published a paper, in Migration Studies, which highlights the significance of "remittance houses" to investigate migrants' positions, interests and life projects, relative to their countries of … Leggi tutto P. Boccagni, L.E. Pérez Murcia: Fixed places, shifting distances: remittance houses and migrants’ negotiation of home in Ecuador (“Migration Studies”, 2020)
Homing and ethnographic revisits: a few notes back from Pasaje, Ecuador by Paolo Boccagni I was back to Pasaje (El Oro, Southern Ecuador) last February. This was only a brief ethnographic "revisit" (Burawoy, 2003) of the place where I had done the bulk of my PhD fieldwork between 2006 and 2009. Being there again after … Leggi tutto Paolo Boccagni: “Homing and ethnographic revisits: a few notes back from Pasaje, Ecuador”
‘An ordinary family… extraordinary human beings’ by Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia I still remember the first time I mentioned to the research participants I have been working with in Manchester, London, and Madrid my plans to visit their families and friends in their places of origin. Some of them could not believe my plans and … Leggi tutto Luis Eduardo Pérez Murcia: “An ordinary family… extraordinary human beings”
Carrying objects, reproducing home? Revisiting transnational object circulation through my fieldwork in Ecuador by Paolo Boccagni (1.) Migrants’ cross-border connections, including those that aim to reproduce their homes both physically and symbolically, are substantiated by a variety of objects that travel with migrants themselves or on their behalf between different locations. An increasing number of … Leggi tutto PAOLO BOCCAGNI: “CARRYING OBJECTS, REPRODUCING HOMES? REVISITING TRANSNATIONAL OBJECT CIRCULATION THROUGH MY FIELDWORK IN ECUADOR”
HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni and Luis E. Pérez Murcia will participate in a Roundtable on "Homes, Houses and Social Remittances" at the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador, next February 6 at 5pm. The event has been convened by anthropologist Jacques Ramirez (@karipapo ). See the presentation (in Spanish) below. Descripción de la Mesa: Esta mesa tiene el objetivo de compartir reflecciones y resultados de investigaciones … Leggi tutto HOMING @UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA: CASAS, VIVIENDAS Y REMESAS SOCIALES EN LA MIGRACION