Panel "Sensory Events, Material Texts, and Phenomenological Inscriptions of Migration," EASA2018 (Stockholm University, 14-17, 2018)

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Call for Papers
April 9, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Archival Science, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Literature, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

We look forward to receiving your paper proposal for the panel Sensory Events, Material Texts, and Phenomenological Inscriptions of Migration at the European Association of Social Anthropologists conference (EASA 2018), Stockholm University, 14-17 August, 2018. 

​Short abstract
Narration of sense-events in texts generated in migrational processes is an archive of the affective construction of the sites of staying, moving, and settling. Reporting and mediating the experiences of states, events, and episodes are oral history, ethnographic interviews, print, and writing.

Long abstract
The narratives of migration often emphasize sensory and embodied experiences such as sight in historicizing migration. The panel draws on the scholarship of material text, narration, and epistemologies of the senses at the intersection of textuality, narrative constructions of sensory events, and material texts circulated in the context of diasporas and migration. The panel presents attitudes toward sight, seeing, sensing, and visuality in reference to locational peripheries/centers, sites, and transitional movement. Remembering and witnessing the passage is not limited to ocular-centric but includes a range of ekphrastic elements in the individual acts of narrating a vivid description of a scene, event, episode, and bodily experience in a total archive of migration. These sense events are transmitted within epistolary, statist, and commercial texts, and in oral history and ethnographic interviews. The 'site' of staying, moving, settling and migration for the publics and counter-publics spans multiple bodies of archives and material texts transmitted in the context of migration and diaspora networks. The panel encompasses epistolary and personal narrations, transmission of 'news', the constructions of places, nostalgias, fluid signs, and tropes of memory including the perspectives of those who leave by those who stay and of those who stay by those who leave. Theoretically, the panel explores the points of liminality in the conceptions of staying, moving, and settling and how the sensing (textually expressed) fosters ruptures and the states of incompleteness therein.

Convenors: Marija Dalbello (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)  and Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (University of Helsinki)   

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