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:


Please send abstracts of 200 words to Caitlin Buckle ( and Charishma Ratnam ( 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.