Imagined Homelands: Migrations, dislocations and the body-politics of home-making.
Homes are tricky things – they are marked by the nostalgia of what has been, and shaped by the aspirations of what is to come. Home is often glorified as a space of retreat, repose, respite, and recuperation. However, critical feminist and postcolonial theories have shown us how complicated, contested, controlling, and critical the space of home can be. Drawing from three different case-studies – of bodies that are made to perform the history of imagined homes, bodies that are forced into dislocation through benign destruction of homes, and bodies that are put into migration by the promise of a better home – this talk offers a bodily, material, visceral and affective framework to think of how we understand the place, space, and imaginary of the home.
Dr. Nishant Shah is a professor for culture and aesthetics of digital media at Leuphana University, Germany, the Dean of Graduate School at ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands, a knowledge activist working with global networks of cultural studies, and a feminist who works questions of gender, sexuality, race, and the human subject in times of accelerated digitization.