What is the opposite of home, and why does it matter? HOMInG's Paolo Boccagni and Alejandro Miranda-Nieto address this question through parallel revisits of their fieldwork, up to advancing an original conceptualization of "non-home" - as a matter (also) of volition, rather than (only) of negation, necessity or deprivation. Their article has just been published … Leggi tutto ‘HOME IN QUESTION: UNCOVERING MEANINGS, DESIRES AND DILEMMAS OF NON-HOME’ (BOCCAGNI & MIRANDA-NIETO, EUROPEAN JRL. OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 2021)
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
HOMInG's 43_20 seminar, convened by Sara Bonfanti, was with J. Lenhard, F. Samanani, F. Kazhaei and N. Simpson, editors and contributors of Home: Ethnographic Encounters, Routledge 2020. See here the video of the book presentation, based on an in-depth conversation between homingers and the authors. https://www.youtube.com/embed/iUP5oYiKukE
This book lays out a framework for understanding connections between home and mobility, and situates this within a multidisciplinary field of social research. The authors show how the idea of home offers a privileged entry point into forced migration, diversity and inequality. Using original fieldwork, they adopt an encompassing lens on labour, family and refugee flows, with cases of … Leggi tutto NEW BOOK: A. MIRANDA-NIETO, A. MASSA, S. BONFANTI: ‘ETHNOGRAPHIES OF HOME AND MOBILITY’ (ROUTLEDGE, 2020)
On HOMInG seminar 33_19, anthropologist Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong) provided a rich and stimulating account of his fieldwork inside Hong Kong's Chungking Mansions - " a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district", which "a remarkably motley group of people call [...] home". This is the background to his celebrated … Leggi tutto Gordon Mathews: “‘Ghetto at the center of the world’, ten years after” (VIDEO)
Within the new SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods, edited by Paul Atkinson et al., Paolo Boccagni has just published an entry on Multi-sited Ethnography which expands on the view of ethnography underlying ERC HOMInG. See the link here: http://methods.sagepub.com/foundations/multi-sited-ethnography See the beginning of the entry below: "The notion of multi-sited ethnography (MSE) has mostly been used, after George Marcus (1995), as … Leggi tutto NEW PUBLICATION: PAOLO BOCCAGNI, “MULTI-SITED ETHNOGRAPHY”
The piece casts an ethnographic portrait of London Southall, as sensed through street phenomenology. Twenty years after Baumann’s (1996) exposé of this mixed social field, dialogic chats and photographic shots concur to depict today’s diversification of an iconic British Asian scene, beating in the tempo of its daily grinds.
Applications are welcome until May 31 for the 2019 edition of the International Summer School in Ethnography. The school is convened by Paolo Boccagni, Andrea Brighenti and Ester Gallo at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento. The 2019 edition will take place on September 9-13. Keynote speakers will include Gordon Matthews (Chinese University of … Leggi tutto INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ETHNOGRAPHY: TEN DAYS LEFT!
On HOMInG seminar 30_2019, last March, Aurora Massa discusses the significance of the religious domain in her ethnography among refugees from the Horn of Africa in Italy, Sweden and the UK. Her presentation focuses on icons, devotional gatherings and worship places related to the Orthodox Christianity, a field that is still understudied in relation to Eritrean mobility and homemaking. … Leggi tutto Aurora Massa: Material culture, lived religion and homemaking among Eritrean refugees in Europe (Video)
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”
Applications are welcome for the 2019 edition of the International Summer School in Ethnography. The school is convened by Paolo Boccagni, Andrea Brighenti and Ester Gallo at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento. The 2019 edition will take place on September 9-13. Keynote speakers will include Gordon Matthews (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Veena … Leggi tutto INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ETHNOGRAPHY – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Lenticular technology is the technology behind those surfaces that allow you to see two different photos on the same surface depending on the angle from which you look at them: Smiling face/frowning face; Jesus/Mary; old house/renovated house; young/old. When we think of reality we think of it at best as a three dimension version of … Leggi tutto Ghassan Hage: “The Lenticular Condition” (video)
HOMING INTERVIEW # 18: Anne Sigfrid Grønseth Professor in Social Anthropology at Lillehammer University College Conducted by Aurora Massa in Stockholm on 16 August 2018 "During our research, we found asylum seekers engaged in what we would call homemaking processes: they buy things they like, they often have brought small things with them – such as … Leggi tutto HOMING INTERVIEW #18: Anne Sigfrid Grønseth
Searching for whose homes? A presentation on the riddles of ethnographic comparison (video) Last June, HOMInG's Sara Bonfanti and Alejandro Miranda presented a paper (co-authored with Aurora Massa) at the "Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa" conference at the University of Bergamo. This was a methodological reflection on the comparative potential of their evolving HOMInG fieldwork. The … Leggi tutto S. Bonfanti & A. Miranda: “Searching for whose homes? The riddles of ethnographic comparison” (VIDEO)