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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Home Symposia: Transcultural ‘Home' through ‘Timeless' Ecologies and Philosophies

14th May 2009, 09:30 to 17:00, IAS, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

Contemporary research on the cultural values of home has rested on notions of ‘being’ and ‘feeling’ human and at home in the space of ‘dwelling’ (Heidegger) or ‘habitus’ (Bordieu). These are critical philosophical starting points into thinking about the role of ‘home’ in human consciousness, identity practices and in socio-political economies and networks. However, these are squarely based in a western canon. The symposium on transcultural values of ‘home’ attends to the need within international quality research to think ‘home’ transculturally and internationally beyond this framework of thinking.

This is not to dismiss the cultural and philosophical values of ‘home’ based on notions of ‘dwelling’ and ‘habitus’ but to build and extend dialogues across to the Antipodes where Maori and Aboriginal cultural values offer different starting points, timescales and relationships between individuals and society. The starting point for this symposium will be the figuring of ‘home’ in non-Western cultures. ‘Home’ in these social groups and contexts is philosophically embedded in different frameworks of time, heritage, territory and ‘dwelling’. Most importantly ‘social’ and ‘post human’ accounts of human-land relations are critical to rites, rituals and notions of social laws of land rights, human rights, appropriation and governance. The session will engage with the temporal and spatial historical evolution of idea through a truly interdisciplinary approach; embracing Archaeology, Anthropological ethnography, Psycho-sociological geographies of home and the reconceptualisation of ‘home’ from post Imperial communities and colonies. Home as figured through varied conceptualisations of ‘social territory’ including notions of mobility and time are critical in transcultural research which disrupts bounded categorisations of territory, settlement, residence and ‘home.

This is the third symposium in this series on 'Home'.

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