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SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia.
21-25 June 2015


Mapping home: a place wisdom workshop

Location A116
Date and Start Time 22 June, 2015 at 14:00


Vitalija Stepušaitytė (Heriot-Watt University) email
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Short Abstract

During this workshop participants will create a conceptually driven, multi-dimensional map of home by combining different aspects and levels of 'home' from a perspective of time: the localisation of home, processes and practices of homing, ideas of home, and emotions relating to home.

Long Abstract

We are interested in how such a multi-dimentional concept as home, approached from different perspectives and captured in various circumstances across disciplines, could be conceptually mapped. While the 'home' is understood holistically, that whole is never complete. Always under construction, its parts are not so much holographic parts of a whole; as Tuan (2011 [1977], pp.99-100) says: 'the part may be essential to the functioning of the whole, but the part is not the whole in miniature and in essence'. Therefore, we believe it is important to experiment in weaving together various approaches through different narratives about experiences of home, not limiting participants to text-based presentations.

We ask participants to suggest different stories in various formats/expressions that explore one or more aspects of home, either the place, the feelings, the idea, or the homing processes (Winther, 2009). Moreover, the key parameter of our map will be time, because how we understand the daily reality is not only how we sense and experience it here and now - it is very much related to the weight of the past and pressures for the future.

We invite contributions from artists, musicians, poets, writers, travellers, and anyone else interested in creatively engaging with ethnological understandings of home in time and space. During the first part of the workshop, stories of home will be shared, discussed and analysed; and during the second part they will be located within the home map.

This panel is closed to new paper proposals.


Latvian singing traditions at home and in social gatherings

Authors: Valdis Muktupāvels (University of Latvia)  email
Rūta Muktupāvela (Latvian Academy of Culture)  email

Short Abstract

Public and private spaces create different conditions for singing, thus affecting selection of repertoire, performative parametres and semantic field. Separate units of repertoire will be presented as recorded in public space and performed in intimate environment of home.

Long Abstract

The workshop will explore how the environment of home affects selection of repertoire in different occasions - from letting child to sleep to birthday party. It also influences performative parameters such as intensity of voice, situation of singers and the mode of their interaction etc. Also, each song and singing situation can have some very special meaning, shared only by members of family or a smaller group within family. Public singing situation such as social celebrations, work-mate parties, concerts, festivals etc. provide different factors, which affect singing differently, even if the units of repertoire are the same as in the home-singing situation.

On the other hand, it is interesting to see how a certain repertoire or its units can create or recreate the feeling of home, even if the recipient is situated distantly from his/her home.

Mapping Mobilities

Authors: Michael Hieslmair (Tracing Spaces)  email
Michael Zinganel (Tracing Spaces)  email

Short Abstract

Tracing and depicting individual experiences at nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration. Findings will be transformed into a spatial cartography.

Long Abstract

By means of a presentation and an exercise with the participants of the MAPPING HOME WORKSHOP we will trace and depict both policing and individual experiences at specific nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration in and around the places participants live in or encounter on route. Participants' narratives about experiences of home, either produced and gained in a static or in a mobile setting, will be discussed against the backdrop of apects of spatial dimension - e.g. how actors are appropriating space or "doing with space".

Participants are asked to co-develop an extensive two- and partly three-dimensional mapping, augmented with various sorts of texts, comic-style drawings and photos. Based on their own experience, the experience of friends and relatives, and knowledge gained from fine arts, science and mass media they will create a striding geographic and spatial cartography, a walkable globe with corners and edges, permeated by a network of paths.

As samples please see the documentation of some of our projects via the following links:

1) Mapping Mobilities.

Nodes of Transitions and Encounters, Chisinau/ Moldova, 2013


2) Push & Pull!

Socio-Spatial Path Network and Audio Sculpture

Cityworks - Spielart Festival Munich, 2013

& at MAK-Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, 2014


3) Cosmobilities Network Conference, Copenhagen, 2014


4) Crossing Rotterdam.

4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam, 2009


Mapping painful memories of victims of domestic abuse

Authors: Agnieszka Dudrak (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland )  email
Tamar Chabashvili  email

Short Abstract

The emotional maps of apartments/houses created by victims of domestic abuse allow us to question the idea of home as safe place of one’s own. In addition, these maps can be seen as a new methodological tool for capturing painful memories.

Long Abstract

In frames of our exhibition Supra of Her Own about invisibility of gender-based violence against women (for more information see: https://supraofherown.wordpress.com) we asked eight women; victims of domestic abuse, to create the emotional maps of their apartments/houses and in that way share with us their painful memories. Women were free to choose the emotions they were mapping and the colors that were signifying them.

We wish to use these (until now unpublished materials) to question some, often taken for granted assumptions about home, as for instance, the idea of home as a safe place of one's own. In fact, for many women who experienced domestic abuse a home is a neither place where they feel safe nor "at home". It is interesting that often women in different ways, sometimes in imaginary ones, recreate an equivalent of a space of their own within the context they live in.

In addition, we propose to look at the emotional maps created by women as a new methodological tool that allows capturing of painful memories in non-linear, anecdotic, and sometimes humoristic ways

There is no place like home: reclaiming traumatic texts of mapping lived experience

Author: Salma Siddique (University of Aberdeen)  email

Short Abstract

Hearing stories of memories and expectations of home despite their experience of trauma (siddique, 2012). This presentation will examine the narrative construction of the individual experience and how events inform cultural fictions which can transform the sense of home and belonging.

Long Abstract

A range of traumatic texts are considered in relation to Baum's (1999) text from which the title of this presentation is taken; the Wizard of Oz is a parable of events following a tornado/cyclone reaching Kansas,USA.The disrupted and fragmented voice(s) in the traumatic texts have a "compulsion to repeat"(Freud, 1989) which on the surface appear senseless, disordered and can shatter the sense of identity which one imagines can only lead to incoherence of meaning.They can be seen as the relation between the geographical territory of the place and the representation (Korzybski, 1933) that the object as home and a sense of belonging which Magritte (cited in Torczyner,1977) "perception always intercedes between reality and ourselves" By blending of fact and fiction we can make our own maps to find buried treasure or hidden adventure.

This panel is closed to new paper proposals.