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Call for Papers: 1th EASA Biennial Conference: Maynooth, Ireland

Posted in Conferences by harjant on February 10, 2010

1th EASA Biennial Conference: Maynooth, Ireland – 24-27th August 2010

Panel: Material Culture, Migration and the Transnational Imaginary

Short Abstract
Material objects are used to objectify memory; as things with their own trajectories, migrating objects are also used to create new links and new relations, positively or negatively affecting imaginations of community and belonging, making migration a crisis of local/global identification.

Migration is not just about citizens crossing borders from homeland to host-countries; it incorporates global movements of things, ideas and people: transnational movements affecting those who move as well as those who don’t. Migration as the crisis of passage moves the traditional paradigm of migration into the realm of the imaginary, in which distant and previously unknown peoples can become connected through materials circulating in this global domain. The same types of objects cited previously can similarly be used to express outward belonging and membership to “imagined communities” not able to be experienced personally, changing persons and altering their concepts of local and global belonging.

We welcome papers addressing this crisis and how ordinary people respond to their extraordinary situations through the multiple meanings objects provide.

To submit a paper to this panel, see: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2010/paperproposal.php5?PanelID=595
For general information on the conference, see: http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2010/index.htm

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