Call for Papers:
“Materializing the Transient: Ethnographies and Museums in the Study of (Forced) Migration”
Göttingen, May 14–16, 2020
About the conference
Materiality is a fundamental dimension of migration which is closely linked to temporality and has only recently made its way into the scope of migration research. During journeys of migration, people take things with them, or they lose or find things along the way. Journeys themselves are framed by objects like borders, passports, tents and other camp infrastructures, boats, and not least mobile phones. For people on the move, some of these things can arouse memories, some are linked with powerlessness or loss, some with hopes and aspirations, while other things lose their relevance along the way.
This conference is hosted by the BMBF-funded research project “On the materiality of (forced) migration”, which aims to study the material dimension of hopes and expectations that characterize experiences of migration.