Migration and Diasporas
Ethnographic studies of migration and mobilities inevitably venture into emotional dimensions of migrant experience, be it the sense of dislocation and longing for home, or love and duty that frames the global care chain. However, it is only recently that scholars have placed the intersection of migration and emotion at the centre of analysis, following the ‘emotional turn’ in social sciences. Such research questions the view that emotions are mere reactions to migratory events, and rejects the dichotomisation between the ‘rational economic’ and the emotional approach to understanding mobilities. This panel seeks to contribute to this emerging field of inquiry by asking how emotional processes are mutually constitutive with migratory decisions, trajectories, outcomes and migrant identities. The contributing papers are based on ethnographies and variously examine the emotional world of transnational migrants in Asia and Europe. They collectively ask: how do emotions interact with structural forces and social, cultural and political dynamics spanning the home, host and third locations? How do subjectivities form as they cross borders, carrying shifting emotions with them? How do emotions impact the way in which migrants imagine the past, present and future?