Marta Vilar Rosales
(University of Lisbon)

14. May 2020
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Panel 1

This session will ask to what extent perspectives on the materiality of (forced) migration require specific methodological, but also ethical, approaches in order to produce new and multifaceted social and personal insights into the complex field of everyday human–thing relations. We want to explore the (often not obvious) possibilities of material inscriptions and traces entailed in practical relations to things. But we are also interested in the pitfalls and ethical dilemmas faced by ethnographers who study such precarious and tense fields.

Forced migration is characterized by the fact that many individuals have lost or left behind most of their belongings. People in such circumstances, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, need to develop new ways of living – a process that requires fundamental renegotiations of ties to people and material objects. Thus, the approaches we seek to discuss in this panel must be able to bring to light different ways of relating to things (familial, spatial, temporal, etc.) – regardless of whether they are at hand or out of reach.

Marta Vilar Rosales
Sarah Mallet
(Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)
Antonie Fuhse
(University of Göttingen)
Friedemann Yi-Neumann
(University of Göttingen)
Elena Höpfner
Rachel Barber
John Doering-White
Friedemann Yi-Neumann


Marta Vilar Rosales
(University of Lisbon)

Social Anthropologist with and interest in contemporary material culture and consumption, Portuguese migrations and migration movements in the Lusophone space, colonialism and post-colonialism and media anthropology.

Sources & references

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Miller, Daniel. 2008. The Comfort of Things. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Miller, Daniel (ed.). 2005. Materiality. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Ramos, A.Davidov, E.Schmidt, P.Rosales, M. V.Maskileyson, D. 2019. Immigration from the Immigrants' Perspective: Analyzing Survey Data Collected among Immigrants and Host Society Members. Social Inclusion Vol. 7, 4, pp.253-256.

Rosales, M. V. 2018. Framing movement experiences: Migration, materiality and everyday life. Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration Vol. 2, 1, pp.27-41.

Rosales, M. V. 2015. As coisas da casa: cultura material, migrações e memórias familiares ICS. Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.