The panel looks into cultural narratives and counter-narrative of homecoming as utopic concept, past experience or future project in fictional and ethnographic literature, biographical accounts, architectural, artistic and visual texts, and in public discourse in cross-cultural perspective.
As utopic concept, past experience (memory / heritage) or future project (projection) homecoming is inspiring fictional literature, ethnographic writing, biographical accounts (diaries, narrative interviews etc.). Manifestations and expressions of homecoming can equally be traced in visual texts, in arts and architecture. The concept of homecoming also appears at specific moments in public discourses - especially in historical periods when "home", the life-world taken for granted - is in jeopardy or put into question, for example in transformation contexts after political system change. Homecoming is typically associated with establishing stability, asserting identity, decreasing mobility, with mother tongue or first language, with finding safety, fulfilment and closure. The panel takes a look into dominant cultural narratives of homecoming in different historical, socio-cultural and political contexts. It also seeks to track shifts, changes and resistances in conceptualizations and to discover counter-narratives of homecoming. We particularly encourage contributions which embed both narratives and counter-narratives - living narratives (Ochs and Capps) / small stories (Georgakopoulou) etc. - of homecoming in surrounding discourses. The dynamics between narratives / counter-narratives and surrounding discourses may also be looked at with respect to the role of languages/s in the process of homecoming, from different generational perspectives and / or through gender-sensitive lenses.