Home has traditionally been associated with ideas of belonging, community, domesticity, and safety. When social change occurs, these concepts must be re-evaluated. “Making It Home” implies returning to, adapting to, and creating ways of being at home in America. The conference will consider Home as a metaphor from various disciplinary perspectives. Young scholars from the social sciences and the humanities will examine Home as a trope connoting such diffuse themes as diaspora and belonging, the impact of the housing crisis and natural catastrophes, and literary representations of homelessness.
James Clifford, professor of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and visiting professor at the Graduate School of North American Studies during the summer semester, is internationally known for his reflections on modern ethnography and anthropology in his books Writing Culture and The Predicament of Culture. His lecture is entitled “‘Always Coming Home’—On Postcolonial (Im)Possibility in California.” Peter Marcuse, professor emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City, is widely known for his work in critical urban sociology and urban justice, and will be speaking on “The Myth and Reality of Home ‘Ownership.’. Susan J. Matt, professor of history at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, will talk about “How Americans Learned to Leave Home.”
The conference language is English. The registration fee is 20 euros; students and doctoral candidates pay 10 euros. Please register at: email@example.com.
Time and place of the keynote lectures, which are open to the public:
- James Clifford: May 11, 2012, 6:00 pm, John F. Kennedy Institute, Room 340
- Susan J. Matt: May 12, 2012, 9:30 am, John F. Kennedy Institute, Room 340
- Peter Marcuse: May 12,2012, 4:30 pm, John F. Kennedy Institute, Room 340