Making Home(s) in Displacement
Critical Reflections on a Spatial Practice
Edited by Luce Beeckmans, Alessandra Gola, Ashika Singh, and Hilde Heynen
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Making Home(s) in Displacement critically rethinks the relationship between home and displacement from a spatial, material, and architectural perspective. Recent scholarship in the social sciences has investigated how migrants and refugees create and reproduce home under new conditions, thereby unpacking the seemingly contradictory positions of making a home and overcoming its loss. Yet, making home(s) in displacement is also a spatial practice, one which intrinsically relates to the fabrication of the built environment worldwide.
Conceptually the book is divided along four spatial sites, referred to as camp, shelter, city, and house, which are approached with a multitude of perspectives ranging from urban planning and architecture to anthropology, geography, philosophy, gender studies, and urban history, all with a common focus on space and spatiality. By articulating everyday homemaking experiences of migrants and refugees as spatial practices in a variety of geopolitical and historical contexts, this edited volume adds a novel perspective to the existing interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of home and displacement. It equally intends to broaden the canon of architectural histories and theories by including migrants' and refugees' spatial agencies and place-making practices to its annals. By highlighting the political in the spatial, and vice versa, this volume sets out to decentralise and decolonise current definitions of home and displacement, striving for a more pluralistic outlook on the idea of home.
Contributors: Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat (ETH, Zurich), Nurhan Abujidi (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences), Menna Agha (University of Oregon), Esra Akcan (Cornell University), Aikaterini Antonopoulou (University of Liverpool), Luce Beeckmans (Ghent University), Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento), Wafa Butmeh (independent architect / UN-Habitat), Somayeh Chitchian (Harvard University), Bruno de Meulder (KU Leuven), Anna Di Giusto (independent researcher), Maretha Dreyer (Hasselt University), Alessandra Gola (KU Leuven), Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven), Annorada Iyer Siddiqi (Barnard College-Columbia University), Irit Katz (University of Cambridge), Romola Sanyal (LSE), Ashika Singh (KU Leuven), Aleksander Staničić (TU Delft), Huda Tayob (University of Johannesburg), Layla Zibar (Brandenburg University of Technology / KU Leuven)
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PART 1 – CAMP
To Shelter in Place for a Time Beyond
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi & Somayeh Chitchian
Towards Dwelling in Spaces of Inhospitality. A Phenomenological Exploration of Home in Nahr Al-Barid
Who/What Is Doing What? Dwelling and Homing Practices in Syrian Refugee Camps –The Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Layla Zibar, Nurhan Abujidi & Bruno de Meulder
In the Name of Belonging
PART 2 – SHELTER
At Home in the Centre? Spatial Appropriation and Horizons of Homemaking in Reception Facilities for Asylum Seekers
Bare Shelter. The Layered Spatial Politics of Inhabiting Displacement
Refugee Shelters done Differently. Humanist Architecture of Socialist Yugoslavia
Years in the Waiting Room. A feminist Ethnography of the Invisible Institutional Living Spaces of Forced Displacement
PART 3 – CITY
Gendering Displacement. Women Refugees and the Geographies of Dwelling in India
Homing Displacements. Socio-Spatial Identities in Contemporary Urban Palestine
Mediating between Formality and Informality. Refugee Housing as City-Making Activity in Refugee Crisis Athens
Making Home in Borgo Mezzanone. Dignity and Mafias in South Italy
Anna Di Giusto
PART 4 – HOUSE
News from the Living Room. Historiography and Immigrant Agency in Urban Housing in Berlin
The Nubian House. Displacement, Dispossession, and Resilience
Trans-national Homes. From Nairobi to Cape Town
Static Displacement, Adaptive Domesticity. The Three Temporary Geographies of Firing Zone 918, Palestine
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Illustrated, full colour
Publication: December 20, 2021
Ashika Singh is doctor in architecture and philosophy at KU Leuven.
Hilde Heynen is professor of architectural theory and history at KU Leuven.
Luce Beeckmans is assistant professor of architecture and urbanism in relation to migration and diversity at Ghent University.
This is a beautifully crafted book
that brings together, in a constructive and novel manner, multiple spatial
perspectives on homemaking in displacement. The structure of the book
and the richness of the contributions make for a book I would be happy to
recommend to both colleagues and students. By
bringing in the material perspectives into the home and displacement literature
the authors are helping to close a gap and consolidate an emerging field.
Cathrine Brun, Oxford Brookes University