Unsettling: Reexaminations of Home

“As divisive US government policies increasingly emphasize the legal definitions of residency, citizenship, and origin, the concept of Home undergoes complex reframing. Unsettling: Reexaminations of Home will explore topics related to the shifting, at times contradictory definitions of home: as a place of origin defined by borders and familial or cultural lineage; as spaces of safety and belonging that move with people as they migrate or face displacement due to political, personal, or natural circumstances; and as non-places located in community interactions rather than specific sites.”

The 2017 conference at Emerson College included four themed sessions, each followed by a panel discussion. I was asked to present as part of the third session, Precarious Places, which explored “identities and communities in liminal states.” Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva provided the keynote address for the evening.