This panel explores embodied experiences of home-making. The sense of place, home and belonging is not only imagined and discursively organized, but emerges from sensory experiences and practices of everyday life.
Exploring the sensory, emotional, perceptual and material content of home-making, this panel disturbs the opposition between the domestic, personal, private space and the outside, political and public space. Processes of inclusion and exclusion are present either in public or private spaces and they have, in both cases, personal, emotional, social, economic, historic and political significance. We want to question established notions of "home" and "away", showing, through ethnography, different and negotiated processes of home-making. Since "home" can never be "given", we pretend to discuss the different practices, objects, sensory perceptions and architectural forms that create an emotional engagement with places in everyday life. We will also discuss the potentialities of visual methods like video and photography to think about material and social processes that can't be verbalized. Papers: 4/4/3