Cite as: Russell West Pavlov, ‘Transcendental Homelessness, Planetar Homes?’, talk presented at the symposium Haunted by Homes, ICI Berlin, 5–6 May 2022, video recording, mp4, 27:05 <>
5 – 6 May 2022

Transcendental Homelessness, Planetar Homes?

By Russell West Pavlov

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:27:05
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Rights: © ICI Berlin

Part of the Symposium

Haunted by Homes

While home is often theorized as a category of space, the question of home for migrants is a complicated one. It brings to the forefront complex relations beyond the reductive dichotomies of ‘home’ and ‘away’, place of origin and place of residence, which postcolonial and diaspora studies often focus on. With the upsurge in migration rates in the past years, it becomes crucial to reflect on how to define home or the process of homemaking in an attempt to explore the experience of ‘home’ for mobile individuals.

This two-day symposium will explore experiences and narratives of home and/or homelessness in literature, art, and film. By focusing on expression as a process of homing; on home as an open, ongoing process; on its temporal and spatial dimensions; on its existence as a set of relations with objects, people and the world at large; and on its imagined and imaginary dimensions in defining such relations, the symposium tackles questions about home, home making, belonging, migration, memory, nostalgia, and affect.


ICI Berlin
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Gero Bauer
Paolo Boccagni
Julia Camargo
Denise Cogo
Lars Eckstein
Sabrina Generali
Ingrid Hotz-Davies
Özgün Eylül İşcen
Lisa Marchi
Peter Morgan
Daniel de Moura Pinto
Fernando Resende
Sherif Fathy Salem
Yasmine Shamma
Fatemeh Shams
Russell West-Pavlov

Organized by

Amina ElHalawani
An ICI Event in cooperation with the Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies (ICGSS) at the University of Tübingen, and TRAVESSIA at Federal Fluminese University (UFF), Brazil