Mig003
Imaginaries of migration: identity and belonging

Convenors:
Tatjana Thelen (University of Vienna)
Tine Damsholt (Copenhagen University)
Stream:
Migration/Borders
Location:
D3
Start time:
24 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel discusses the relationships between imagination and identity in the context of migration.

Long abstract:

This panel discusses the relationships between imagination and identity in the context of migration. Migration may be envisioned as a more or less transformative experience. Some people might regard it as a sacrifice while others would consider moving to another place as an opportunity, or even see it as being part of their normality. The imaginaries connected with specific places and people play an important role in defining how social agents identify themselves in relation with others. Institutional actors such as the media or nation-states also transmit images, ideas and norms about people and groups, thus impacting on how individuals understand their position in the world. With the increasing movement of people, objects, technologies and ideas, new ties of solidarity and modes of self-definitions are emerging, which rely on imagination as much as on concrete actions. This panel addresses issues related to how imaginaries of migration contribute to frame identifications and forms of belonging in a world on the move. It deals with topics such as the relation between imagination and action, and the role of technologies in constructing identities.