Roads, routes and the Terra Infirma: distance and place making through the lens of dwelling-in-travelling
Salim Aykut Ozturk (University College London (UCL))
Zoë Goodman (SOAS)
ZHG 002
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

By following James Clifford's definitions of travelling-in-dwelling and dwelling-in-travelling (1997), this panel aims to account for the simultaneous constitution of mobility and stasis through an ethnographic lens on the people who make a living in constant movement.

Long abstract:

In his seminal work, ​Routes, James Clifford (1997) suggested to distinguish between travelling-in-dwelling and dwelling-in-travelling. He introduced the former in order to specifically refer to the circulation of cultural narratives and representations, and the ways these are negotiated, adapted, co-produced or rejected. Meanwhile the latter referred to maintaining a life in constant mobility. It was dwelling-in-travelling that Clifford regretted having not elaborated as much as the former, and in this panel we aim to take the issue from where he left - that is to account for the simultaneous constitution of mobility and stasis, and to decipher the contexts in which dichotomies of "travelling" and "dwelling" collapse. For this panel, we invite papers based on extended ethnographic research among travelers and dwellers of all sorts. We will primarily put effort to identify various dwellers-in-travelling who make a living in constant mobility such as bus drivers, shuttle-traders, smugglers, refugees or flight crews. We expect to learn more about distance and place making in a terrain unspecified other than routes, roads and networks through which people and things move on and stay or left behind - or a terra infirma that simply cannot be defined by current national borders. However, papers dealing with novel and critical definitions of travellers-in-dwelling are also welcome. This is why, we encourage participants to think about travelling-in-dwelling and dwelling-in-travelling as widely applicable contexts. Yet at the same time, we expect papers to playfully demonstrate the extents to which current definitions of travelling and dwelling can be replaced, invalidated and possibly re-defined.