Place in transition; power of locality

Jean-Yves Durand (CRIA-UMinho)
Tower B, Piso 3, Room T10
Start time:
20 April, 2011 at 11:30
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Contemporary social life and cultural dynamics are increasingly shaped, in deeper or more superficial ways, by population (forced or voluntary) movements, by cultural fluxes, by the impacts of new technologies of communication or of geolocalisation. In recent years, this has led to a growing importance given by social sciences to such topics as migrations, translocality, multi-belonging, networks of all sorts within the general framework of globalisation. And the rise of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork is a methodological consequence of this evolution. However, there still is a need for more detailed approaches of the way locality and the sense of place fit within this new context, of how spaces are territorialized sometimes simultaneously by diverse groups. How does the production of locality, belonging, and memory, which requires at least some stability and permanence, interact with contested and fluid spaces? How does technology mediate such processes?