[Iag-list] CFP - NZGS-IAG: "Home, memory and mobility"

Charishma Ratnam c.ratnam at unsw.edu.au
Thu Mar 8 15:23:52 AEDT 2018

CfP - NZGS-IAG Conference, Auckland, 11-14 July 2018

Session title: Home, memory and mobility: settling while on the move.

Session organisers: Caitlin Buckle (UNSW Australia) and Charishma Ratnam (UNSW Australia)

Session Sponsorship: NZGS Mobilities in Geography Research Group and the IAG Cultural Geography Study Group

On average, residents in Australia and New Zealand live in five different places throughout their lifetime (Bernard et al. 2017). Moving from place to place - locally, domestically and internationally - has prompted deeper investigations into how settlement and place-making ensue among migrants. Thus, increasingly mobile lives also require reconsiderations of 'home', from a stable place, to a concept that is fluid across time and space (Buckle, 2017). The lived experiences of migrants and mobile individuals as they move reveal how they deconstruct and reconstruct home over time (Blunt & Dowling, 2006; Boccagni, 2017). Memory aids in (re)constructions of home by fostering a sense of place and identity that is often (re)produced and performed through movements, practices, materiality, attachments and frequent encounter in home spaces (Ratnam & Drozdzewski, 2017).

In this session, we hope to showcase research that explores the connections between home, memory, and mobility. We encourage participants to consider:

  *   How the concept of home is made meaningful (or not) in a mobile world;
  *   What role memory plays in the (re)construction(s) of home?
  *   How do we creatively (methodologically and theoretically) approach examinations of memory, home and mobility?
  *   Does mobility, transnationality and migration influence how homes are (re)constructed and remembered?

Please send abstracts of 200 words to Caitlin Buckle (c.buckle at unsw.edu.au<mailto:c.buckle at unsw.edu.au>) and Charishma Ratnam (c.ratnam at unsw.edu.au<mailto:c.ratnam at unsw.edu.au>) by Monday 26th March.

Bernard, A., Forder, P., Kending, H. and Byles, J. (2017). Residential mobility in Australia and the United States: a retrospective study. Australian Population Studies, 1(1), pp. 41-54.
Blunt, A. and Dowling, R. (2006). Home. London: Routledge.
Boccagni, P. (2017). Migration and the Search for Home: Mapping Domestic Space in Migrants' Everyday Lives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Buckle, C. (2017). Residential mobility and moving home. Geography Compass, 11(5), pp. 1-11.
Ratnam, C. and Drozdzewski, D. (2017). Assembling attachments to homes under bushfire risk. Geographical Research, pp. 1-12.
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