Home and Belonging - Urban Studies: Between Creativity and Power
בשל הקורונה האירוע יתקיים באינטרנט
Oslo, 26 July–2 August 2020
We invite scholars, emerging researchers, urban practitioners, artists and creative industries specialists, institutional representatives and non-governmental sector activists to take part in a symposium organized by the NSU study circle Urban Studies: Between Creativity and Power. The symposium will offer an opportunity to take part in stimulating presentations and discussions to co-produce knowledge by sharing research and practical experiences and discovering innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to the everyday life in the city.
Theme of the symposium:
Home and Belonging
The participants are invited to address the meaning of home, which is complex and multifaceted in the times of extended mobility and nomadic practices (migration, tourism, multiple homes, homelessness etc.). Home as a construct has a deep emotional meaning and often intertwined with nostalgia emerging from childhood memories, feeling of comfort, privacy, attachment, security and belonging. Losing one’s home can feel like losing one’s self. However, home can also have conflicted or variable meanings presenting tensions, alienation and exclusion. Recently, home has also experienced certain transformations with all kinds of integrated media as, for example, can be evidenced in the “smart home/house” and the “home-office”, thus overlapping with other places and spaces. The topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:
- what counts as home;
- how home is lived and experienced by people as a place
- the significance of home as a space;
- the accessibility/inaccessibility of home;
- how power dynamics and socio-economic conditions impact the concept of home;
- how technology can influence how and where we feel at home;
- how home is gendered and contested.