The experience of home: imaginaries, restlessness and actuality
Vitalija Stepušaitytė (Heriot-Watt University)
Paper short abstract:
This paper explores how contemporary migrants from Eastern Europe in Scotland negotiate emotional and physical distances through materiality and everyday practices, and experience interrelated imaginaries of a future, restlessness and actuality.
Paper long abstract:
Drawing on the theory of lines that Tim Ingold suggests, which brings understanding of how people move, and think, and expresses the power of connection between actuality and imaginative reality, I am exploring through biographical narratives and personal things how Lithuanians in Scotland re/create and experience home. I am researching how objects, routines, memories, affects and media flows are interlinked in a domestic space, how individual struggles and coping strategies are in correspondence to new (imaginative or not) opportunities in the process of migration.
Ethnographies of the house, values and manners of inhabit