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Panel 55. Discontinuous relationships in (post)migratory contexts

Conveners:

  • Josefina Jaureguiberry-Mondion, PhD student at Oxford University
  • Taib Hayat, Geographer (Freie Universität Berlin) and programmer

Description:

The interactions of (post)migrants with their territories of departure create specific space- times (Schwanen and McCormack, 2011), in which the present, past, and future converge and delineate the diasporic experience. The past may manifest in feelings such as nostalgia or trauma, or in opportunities cut short by the decision to emigrate. The future is visualised as a potential horizon for reconciling separations or longing for reunions, while the present is configured at the crossroads of diverse temporal and spatial trajectories. In a diasporic context, family and friendship relations operate discontinuously (Zhang, 2019). Individuals disengage from social networks due to relocations, and sometimes, after brief absences, they may confront the loss of a loved one or their previous sense of home. This relational mode contrasts with the paradigm of continuous availability, where relational proximity aligns with temporal and spatial proximity. In dispersion, the expectation of future reunions and rectifications becomes fragile. Thus, attachments to memories and narratives linking individuals to their places of origin, as well as the incorporation of rituals into daily life, gain importance. The question then becomes what can be learned from these experiences and what inferences can be derived.

This session delves into the spatial imaginations stemming from the (post)migrant experience, characterised by non-linear, fractured space-times, marked by silences, echoes, and resonances, and ultimately a multiplicity of spaces that resonate in everyday practices. We are keenly interested in works exploring how daily practices of migrant life can be narrated, and which further probe the ensuing opportunities for resistance, forms of micropolitics and alternative grammar of inhabitation (Amin and Lancione, 2022).

Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social.

Diagonal Paraguay 257,
Torre 26, Oficina 1504
Santiago – RM

Los Navegantes 1963
Providencia – RM

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