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Remembered, immediate and aspired home: travelogue through objects

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We discuss the role of personal objects in re(constructing) the meaning of belonging and home in different contexts (forced and voluntary migration, and army mobilisation). Three types of objects (i.e. photographs, letters and an autograph book) allow us to consider the role of objects in processes of belonging,home-making across place and time, and in extending home beyond and across houses and landscapes (Watters, 2011). They are “transitional objects that reflect multiple belonging” (Boym, 2001, 336), "trigger emotional responses and stimulate social effects and actions (Marschall, 2019)" . We suggest that a strong sense of belonging-perhaps even kinning-is activated by photographic and written exchanges (Prieto Blanco, 2022). Belonging is always in the making, but more importantly for the mentioned objects belonging implies connection through the labour of feeling (Campt, 2019, p. 80). Photographs, letters and memory books serve as spaces of mediation about home and belonging which include memories of the past, inform practices of the present and help forming future aspirations (Fathi, 2021).

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LocationUniversity of the Shannon
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