W028
Being human, being migrant: dealing with memory, dreams and hopes in everyday life

Convenors:
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer)
Birgitte Romme Larsen (University of Copenhagen)
Kristina Toplak (Znanstvenoraziskovalni Center Sazu-Institut Za Slovensko Izseljenstvo)
Chair:
Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen
Discussant:
Nigel Rapport, St Andrews University & Mirjam M. Hladnik, University of Nova Gorica
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
R3
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

As part of communication and daily life experiences memories, here/now and hopes are focus in examining migrant's sense of identity and wellbeing. Exploring perceptions of self, agency, processes of exclusion/inclusion/alienation we invite papers that use ethnographies of face-to-face interaction in exploring human mutuality and diversity.

Long abstract:

This session focuses on communication and experiences of everyday life among migrant and refugee populations. We are especially concerned with how memories, nostalgia and traumas, the here and now social experiences of daily living, and the hopes and dreams for the future, all interact in migrants' and refugees' experience of identity and quest for well-being. By examining these life concerns, both apart and together, we seek to cast light on migrants' agency and perceptions of self in relation to local, national or transnational contexts of life. Recognizing how both cultural and social issues often are at play in processes of inclusion/exclusion and alienation we call for papers that use ethnographies of face-to-face interaction and engagement as important avenues for exploring continuity and mutuality between people across difference and diversity.