Material Culture and (Forced) Migration, Materializing the transient

The book "Material Culture and (Forced) Migration" argues that objects and materiality are important aspects of migration. People bring things with them, lose or find them during their journey, and encounter objects that frame their movements, such as borders, passports, and tents. The book contains chapters based on research into various forms of migration, from forced displacement to retirement migration. The book focuses on four themes: the relationship between temporality and materiality, object-based research methods, the emotional impact of objects, and the role of objects in place-making practices. It offers a material culture perspective for migration scholars across different disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, archaeology, curatorial studies, history, and geography. The book's ethnographic approach and focus on everyday objects and practices make it appealing to anyone interested in the tangible experiences of migration.

Friedemann Yi-Neumann; Andrea Lauser; Peter J. Bräunlein Fuhse;

Table of Contents:

List of figures

List of contributors


Introduction: From ʻbare lifeʼ to ʻmoving thingsʼ: On the materiality of (forced) migration

Andrea Lauser, Antonie Fuhse, Peter Bräunlein and Friedemann Yi-Neumann

Part I – Transient foundations: on temporality and materiality

Antonie Fuhse

1. Materializing transformative futures

Georgina Ramsay

2. Camps as vessels of hope

Simon Turner

Part II – Materialising methods: applying things in (forced) migration research

Friedemann Yi-Neumann

3. Why should(n’t) refugees be asked about their possessions? A research-ethical and methodological reflection on my fieldwork in a refugee shelter

Elena Höpfner

4. From biographies to biographical horizons: on life courses and things in forced migrations

Friedemann Yi-Neumann
5. The Dzhangal Archaeology Project and 'Lande': two archaeological approaches to the study of forced migration

Sarah Mallet and Louise Fowler

6. Undocumented migration and the multiplicity of object lives

Ayşe Şanlı

Part III – Moving things: objects, emotions and relatedness in (forced) migration

Peter Bräunlein

7. Rakı table conversations of post-Gezi migration from Turkey: emotion, intimacy and politics

Özlem Savaş

8. Cooking ‘pocket money’: how young unaccompanied refugees create a sense of community and familiarity at a Danish asylum centre

Andrea Verdasco

9. Circulating things, circulating knowledge: why popular culture matters in exhibitions on migration

Maike Suhr

10. Lockdown routines: im/mobility, materiality and mediated support at the time of the pandemic

Maruška Svašek

11. The pram, the notebook and the plastic bag: mothering practices among migrants living in legal precarity in Berlin

Magdalena Suerbaum

Part IV – Taking and making place: engaging things

Andrea Lauser

12. Materiality, agency and temporariness in refugee camps in Greece

Nada Ghandour-Demiri and Petros Passas

13. A retouched relationship: North American retirees’ quest for connection through popular art in Mexico

Rachel Barber

14. Place-making in the transient: things that matter in everyday life of Honduran refugees at the La 72 shelter

Yaatsil Guevara González