This panel will discuss the ways continuities and ruptures from the countries of origin act as foundations in the making and remaking of social and political belonging as a part of home-making processes carried out by unregulated migrating communities within and from Africa.
Migration entails significant social disruptions and connections. The departure from home, the separation from family and loved ones, the physical and social spaces that are left behind, mark a life-changing event defined by ruptures, but also help form new connections and the reassembly of old ones. As migrating individuals and communities pave their ways into social and political acceptance in host societies, negotiations of belonging are carried through disruptions and connections with the past and the present, with the new and the old, with the origins and the future, with the existing and the imagined, continuously contributing to the shaping and reshaping of the sociopolitical home-making processes. This panel aims to understand the ways migrating communities use connections and separations with people, ideas, and institutions in their countries of origin, while trying to achieve social and political belonging in host societies. Drawing on a growing body of literature referring to 'Home' as a process instead of a contradiction to 'being away', we focus on social and political belonging as a part of home-making processes in diasporic realities and suggest that former attachments and detachments directly influence the ability of constructing a feeling of home in foreign lands and construct the home-making process in precarious and liminal realities of undocumented migration. Through theoretical inputs referring to home, home-making, and sociopolitical belonging, going beyond the binary relations of hosting and hosted, this panel will offer localized readings of the roles that ruptures and continuities play in migrating communities' aspirations towards acceptance.