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Workshop: The Affective Creation of Community: Home-Making Practices between Mexico, Peru and USA

Nov 11, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 06:30 PM

International workshop organized by CRC project A05 (Ingrid Kummels, Thomas John)

Videographers Recording at the Santa Rosa de Lima Fiesta in Tamazulapam Mixe, Mexico 2015, Photo:Ingrid Kummels

Videographers Recording at the Santa Rosa de Lima Fiesta in Tamazulapam Mixe, Mexico 2015, Photo:Ingrid Kummels

Migrants originating from rural regions of Mexico and Peru – in particular speakers of indigenous languages such as Mixe, Mixteco, Zapoteco and Quechua – are actors in motion who are partially immobilized by the border regime installed by nation states such as the USA. Despite this difficult situation, in many cases they foster a close relationship to their respective villages of origin. Transnational communities have been created that transcend the international border and include the satellite communities that have emerged in California and other parts of the USA. Actors have redefined the ‘place to which they belong’ ("home" or "comunidad") through various home-making practices, which include audiovisual media practices – the creative processes of production, circulation and consumption of traditional media such as dances, music and fiestas, as well as their re-elaboration through emerging audiovisual media such as video, social media and the Internet. Such media practices are used, among others, by migrants and members of indigenous groups who invest affective work to recreate and redefine "home" in and from different places when they cope with highly restrictive immigration policies. Emotions such as both nostalgia and the love for the hometown, as well as pride in what has been achieved in the new place of residence, are important aspects of these transnational relationships. At the same time, discrimination and estrangement influence community building through their affective dimensions as well as their spaces of belonging and non-belonging. This workshop brings together scholars from the Americas and Europe who have analyzed home-making practices between Mexico, Peru and the USA. They thus highlight migrant strategies to affectively create "homes away from home", a central research topic of the Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies. Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds".

9:45 – 10:15 Welcome and coffee

10:15 – 11:45 Key note and discussion: Prof. Dr. Ulla Berg, Rutgers University New Jersey: Affective Economies of Migration in the Americas

11:45 – 12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:00 Project and book presentation: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels and Thomas John, M.A., Freie Universtität Berlin: The Affective Creation of ‘Home’: Patron Saint Fiesta Videos in the Transnational Context of Mexico/USA

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:15 Prof. Dr. Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Universidad de Colima: Transnational Migration, Emotions and Identity in a Oaxacan Zapotec Community

15:15 – 16:00 Prof. Dr. Julia Pauli, Universität Hamburg: Landscapes of Belonging. Building and Dwelling in a Transnational Mexican Community

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:15 Prof. Dr. Gisela Cánepa, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: #NiUnaMenos by Peruvian Migrants in the USA: Indignation and Solidarity as Key Elements of New Forms of Public Action and Senses of Belonging

17:15 – 18:00 Prof. Dr. Freya Schiwy, University of California Riverside: Decolonization and the Politics of Affect: Some Notes on Video Activism and Social Uprising in Mexico

18:00 – 18:30 Final Discussion Round

18:30 – open end: Chilling out at the After-workshop Dinner

Discussants of the contributions: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels, Thomas John, M.A., Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 06:30 PM

Freie Universität Berlin
Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56
14197 Berlin
Room 201

Further Information

Detailed program (PDF)