Bearing in mind the changing political architectures of homeland, from Canada’s 1988 Multiculturalism Act to the 2008 official apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, from post-independence India to post-apartheid South Africa’s constitution, from post-1998 Peace Agreement Ireland to Brexit and post-9/11 USA, RHOME – examines representations of home/lessness and negotiations of belonging in societies engaged in (re)configuring multiple and sometimes conflicting heritages.
RHOME – Representations of Home studies textual and visual representations of home and belonging in literatures and cultures marked by dislocation, colonisation and migration. Strands of inquiry involve: home and language, place, conflict, the body, memory, and imaginary homelands.
RHOME activities include:
RHOME symposia (2014; 2017; 2020);
RHOSE – Representations of Home Open Seminar, open to the academic and the wider community;
RHOME Creative – calls for creative writing on the topics of home/lessness and belonging.
In a world marked by conflicts, persecutions, and scarce and/or poorly distributed resources, we aim to reflect about the notions of home that underpin personal and communal behaviour. While focusing on literatures and cultures in English, RHOME engages local students, researchers and the wider community with these themes via lectures, exhibitions and workshops (e.g. on Ubuntu; creative writing; ego-histoire).
RHOME Team: Teresa Casal, Jean Page, Luísa Falcão, Margarida Martins, Marijke Boucherie, Paula Horta, Sara Paiva Henriques, Zuzanna Sanches.