Mobility, migration and reciprocity: A look at communicative practices an identity constructions within a transient community
Friday, 2020/02/21, 16:15
The Forum Language and Society is a series of guest lectures on sociolinguistic topics. Doctoral students of the GSAH are credited with 0.25 ECTS per guest lecture attendance. CSLS MA students are credited with 1 ECTS after visiting 6 guest lectures.
|Event organizer:||Forum Language and Society|
|Speaker:||Anna De Fina|
|Time:||16:15 - 17:45|
open to the public|
free of charge
Mainstream and widespread media discourses about migrants in Europe are not only overwhelmingly negative, but also dominated by unidirectional metaphors of flow in which migrants are seen as either having to be excluded from society or as needing to be integrated into it. Such conceptualizations ignore a very basic fact: mobile individual and members of local communities cross each other ‘s paths, construct multiple networks of connections based not merely on work relationships but also on reciprocal relations of affection and friendships and on the sharing of knowledge and information. Sociologists Papadoupoulos and Tsianos (2013) have proposed the interesting construct of “mobile commons” to characterize the forms of knowledge and communication, the virtual and concrete spaces of sharing and sociability and the “infrastructure of connectivity” (p. 191) thatmigrants set up when they are on the road and when they arrive somewhere. In my view it is however, important to recognize that mobile commons often include local networks and individuals, not only migrants. These networks generate new communicative spaces and practices, often characterized by translanguaging and by the creation of new chronotopic identities and understandings of social reality.
In this talk I explore one such space generated through the online communications of a transient community conformed by migrant youth of different origins and their Italian friends. I analyze their linguistic and communicative routines and chronotopic constructions in order to illustrate how cultural and linguistic differences are navigated and how relationships and new identities are consolidated. My talk is based on ethnographic work carried out for the last two years with students and teachers at the School of Italian for Foreigners managed by the University of Palermo, a center that focuses on both teaching and social inclusion for migrants.
Papadopoulos, D. & Tsianos, V. (2013). After citizenship: autonomy of migration, organisational ontology and mobile commons, Citizenship Studies, 17:2, 178-196.