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.

In English

Thursday, 5 May 2022

14:15 Introduction by Amina ElHalawani

14:30-16:00 Keynote
Paolo Boccagni
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

Fatemeh Shams
‘Like a Derailed Train’:
Foreignness and Displacement in Exile Persian Poetry

Peter Morgan
Exile or Homelessness?
Klaus Mann’s Der Vulcan

Lisa Marchi
Home: A Quartet

Moderated by Gero Bauer

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 Panel III Grasping Home?

Amina ElHalawani
Home Is Where the Bees Are!
Beekeeping as Homing in Narrative and Film

Lars Eckstein
Hawaiki According to Tupaia:
Glimpses of Knowing Home in Precolonial Remote Oceania

Russell West-Pavlov
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


Gero Bauer
Paolo Boccagni
Julia Camargo
Denise Cogo
Lars Eckstein
Sabrina Generali
Ingrid Hotz-Davies
Özgün Eylül İşcen
Lisa Marchi
Peter Morgan
Daniel de Moura Pinto
Fernando Resende
Sherif Fathy Salem
Yasmine Shamma
Fatemeh Shams
Russell West-Pavlov

The event will take place in a hybrid format, some speakers will participate virtually.

Organized by

Amina ElHalawani 

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.

KV Haunted by Homes

Image credit: Renan Mattos