Mig008
Re-imagining home: belonging and liminality in migrants' everyday practices

Convenors:
Cristina Alcalde (University of Kentucky)
Stream:
Migration/Borders
Location:
A105
Start time:
22 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel explores migrants' everyday practices to create "home" in the context of emigration, reception, adaptation, and assimilation in the host country; in connection to feelings of belonging and ties with the homeland; and as experienced through return migration.

Long abstract:

How is "home" imagined and subjectively experienced as both familiar and strange by migrants from diverse parts of the globe? This panel explores migrants' experiences of home in the context of emigration, reception, adaptation, and assimilation in the host country; in connection to transnational feelings of belonging and ties with the homeland while living abroad; and as experienced through return migration. Papers in this panel engage with multiple constructions and practices surrounding transnational identities to interrogate what it means to leave, struggle with, and create spaces of belonging, to imagine home from distinct perspectives of gender, age, location, and nationality, and to confront the (im)possibility of return home. In examining grounded subjectivities among migrants from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, the panel promotes critical dialogues to reassess, refine, and disrupt our understanding of migrants' everyday practices and the methodological paradigms used to approach migrants' experiences of home.