8th Migration Research Lab:

“Ethnography as guesthood, or doing research in (semi)domestic spaces: prospects, dilemmas and lessons learnt from HOMInG's fieldwork”

17.11.2022, 14:15-15:45 (CEST), Venue: Verfügungsgebäude (VG), Platz der Göttinger Sieben, VG 4.105


In this Migration Research Lab Paolo Boccagni (Department of Sociology and social research, University of Trento) revisits a way of doing ethnographic fieldwork that has informed several of his research sites, including some related to forced migration, along the fieldwork experience of ERC HOMInG (2016-2022).
Drawing also on a forthcoming edited collection, Migration and domestic space (Boccagni & Bonfanti, Springer, 2023), he briefly illustrates the potential, limitations and dilemmas of fieldwork done after having access, as a guest, in the home of someone else. This is not meant to set any methodological benchmark, but rather as a way to share expertise, experience and food for thought with participants, in an interactive format.

The Migration Research Lab is aimed at empirical/ ethnographic researchers of all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD, Postdoc) who seek exchange about research designs, methodological approaches but also fieldwork issues with a view to one's own research in topics related to (forced) migration.

Moderation, Idea and Concept: Friedemann Yi-Neumann (from the research project: On the materiality of (forced) migration) & H. Pınar Şenoğuz (DaMigra e.V.).

Registration: Please register via e-mail (cemig@uni-goettingen.de) and briefly introduce yourself and your research as well as your specific interests in this Research Lab in sentences. You will then receive suggested readings for preparation.


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In the evening, Paolo Boccagni will give a keynote lecture as part of the accompanying program of the exhibition “Moving Things”, a special exhibit at the Forum Wissen by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Museum Friedland, the exhibition agency “Die Exponauten. Ausstellungen et cetera” and Kunstverein Göttingen.
What do objects do in an asylum centre? Unpacking forced (im)mobility, (dis)connectedness, inertia and potential futures through the semi-domesticity of refuge

Date: 17.11.2022, 18:30-20:00 CEST
Venue: Forum Wissen, Berliner Straße 28, 37073 Göttingen

Without prior registration.