AAG Conference, Las Vegas, 22-27 March 2009
Call for Papers
Home and Migration: Mobilities, belonging(s) and identities
Professor Lynn A. Staeheli (University of Edinburgh)
David Ralph (University of Edinburgh)
Understandings of home as a bounded, fixed place have been challenged in recent years by scholarship on the notion of home that sees it as an open, porous and multi-scalar space. In this research, conceptions of home are not bound to the materiality of the house, but can take imaginative flight over multiple and overlapping scales. However, what about those who actually move from one home to another - and possibly back again? Mobile people - migrants - constitute a further challenge to the idea of home. By the very act of moving from one place to another, migrants throw into question the ability to locate people, communities and identities in specific places, specific homes. However, migrants are not simply uprooted nomads adrift in unmoored space. Recent research on transnational migration has led to calls for recognition of the continued attachment of migrants to their homes – both old and new. Rather than seeing home as losing salience as an
analytic category in the era of mass mobilities, recent research on the spatial imaginary of home has stressed the resilience of the notion of home among international migrants in the transnational era.
This session invites papers that address (but are not restricted to) the following questions:
- What are the contours of the geographies and spatialities of home for today’s international migrants?
- How do migrants make home in the transnational era?
- How (if at all) are sedentary notions of home squared with more mobile conceptions of home by migrants?
- Are migrants’ senses of belonging and identity related to specific place-attachments?
- What are the methodological implications regarding fieldwork and data collection on mobile populations?
Inquiries about the session and abstracts (max. 250 words) should be sent to [log in to unmask] by 10 October 2008.