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Sunday, September 22 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Homing: Rights, Relations and Rituals

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There’s no place like home. Home is a point of convergence. Home is a point of contention. Home is appointed, perhaps more often than it is chosen. Who gets to choose? Who gets to come home, and who is sent home? “Go home.” Go home how, and to/with what? For some, home was not left behind but/and cannot be returned to. Home may not be a place to like. Home may not be a place at all. Or, like, there’s no home? There’s no home-like place. No likeness to home in.

In Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes, Mimi Sheller writes, “Freedom of mobility may be considered a universal human right, yet in practice it exists in relation to class, race, sexuality, gender, and ability exclusions from public space, from national citizenship, from access to resources, and from the means of mobility at all scales. In many ways mobility justice is itself a mobile concept, insofar as it treats justice as an unstable configuration that moves across scales and realms.”

When home becomes a public space—and a public debate—what rights do we have to move to, within and away from it? This panel adopts experimental and performative approaches to consider the (im)mobilities and (in)stabilities of home. The three writers—Indian, Ugandan, and Iranian by origin, and currently based in the US—examine both the public and the private relations and rituals through which home is (un)made. They compare, map, inventory, and (re)call. They do it all over again. Home is redefined. Home changes scale. Home is always and never (un)settled.


Kanika Agrawal

Kanika Agrawal is an Indian citizen and hybrid specimen developed across six countries on four continents. She studied biology at MIT, where she came to love restriction enzymes and fluorescent labeling. She earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in English/Creative... Read More →

Mildred K Barya

University of Denver
Mildred K Barya is Assistant Professor of creative writing & literature at UNC-Asheville and board member of African Writers Trust (AWT). She has published three poetry books: Give Me Room to Move My Feet (Amalion Publishing), The Price of Memory After the Tsunami (Mallory International... Read More →

Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator both into and out of Persian, Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a PhD in English-creative writing from the University of Denver and an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT