While home is often theorized as a category of space, the question of home for migrants is a complicated one. It brings to the forefront complex relations beyond the reductive dichotomies of ‘home’ and ‘away’, place of origin and place of residence, which postcolonial and diaspora studies often focus on. With the upsurge in migration rates in the past years, it becomes crucial to reflect on how to define home or the process of homemaking in an attempt to explore the experience of ‘home’ for mobile individuals.
This two-day symposium will explore experiences and narratives of home and/or homelessness in literature, art, and film. By focusing on expression as a process of homing; on home as an open, ongoing process; on its temporal and spatial dimensions; on its existence as a set of relations with objects, people and the world at large; and on its imagined and imaginary dimensions in defining such relations, the symposium tackles questions about home, home making, belonging, migration, memory, nostalgia, and affect.
Thursday, 5 May 2022
14:15 Introduction by Amina ElHalawani
As If It Were Home: Exploring Home as a Metaphor to Approach Social Reality
Followed by Q&A
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:30 Panel I – Border Crossings and Home at the Border
Denise Cogo, Sabrina Generali, and Julia Camargo:
Digital Inequalities and the Right of Communication of Venezuelan Refugees in Shelters on the Brazil-Venezuela Border
Özgün Eylül İşcen:
The Dialectical Condition of Diasporic Post-Internet Aesthetics
Fernando Resende and Daniel de Moura Pinto:
Home as Motion, Being Away as Re-existence: Brazilian Black Diaspora in Grace Passô’s film República
Moderated by Kerry Bystrom
18:30 – 19:00 Coffee Break
19:00 – 21:15 Screening
The Italians of Egypt (80′, 2011, ov with subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with the film’s director Sherif Fathy Salem moderated by Amina ElHalawani and Alberica Bazzoni
11:00 – 12:00 Keynote
Yasmine Shamma (online)
When We Talk About Home
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:30 Panel II Beyond Homing
‘Like a Derailed Train’:
Foreignness and Displacement in Exile Persian Poetry
Exile or Homelessness?
Klaus Mann’s Der Vulcan
Home: A Quartet
Moderated by Gero Bauer
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:00 Panel III Grasping Home?
Home Is Where the Bees Are!
Beekeeping as Homing in Narrative and Film
Hawaiki According to Tupaia:
Glimpses of Knowing Home in Precolonial Remote Oceania
Transcendental Homelessness, Planetary Homes?
Moderated by Ingrid Hotz-Davies
18:00 – 19:00 Coffee Break
19:00 – 21:00 Screening
Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squatter, Eliane Caffé, 2016, 99 min, ov with subtitles)
Followed by Q&A with Fernando Resende,
Gero Bauer and Iracema Dulley
Özgün Eylül İşcen
Daniel de Moura Pinto
Sherif Fathy Salem
The event will take place in a hybrid format, some speakers will participate virtually.
An ICI Event in cooperation with the Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies (ICGSS) at the University of Tübingen, and TRAVESSIA at Federal Fluminese University (UFF), Brazil
The audience is presumed to consent to a possible recording on the part of the ICI Berlin.
If you would like to attend the event yet might require assistance, please contact Event Management.
Image credit: Renan Mattos