Drawing on visual narratives, semi-structured interviews and participant observation, we seek to identify contemporary ‘ways of being’ for migrants in a world that is increasingly globalised.
The economic crisis in Europe has engendered new waves of migration from Europe to more thriving economies in the South, including to Australia. This project takes a first step in exploring how these movements of people – in the case discussed here of Catalans to Australia – are constituting contemporary ways of being and experiencing for migrants in a world that is increasingly globalised. It does so through a focus on atmosphere; that is on how the affective states of attachments and a sense of belonging were generated through migrant’s place-making as they engaged with the material and intangible elements of Melbourne’s localities. It draws on visual narratives, semi-structured interviews, and participant observation undertaken with ten Catalan migrants in Melbourne to discuss how participants felt a European atmosphere, a sense of familiarity and a place they can call home in Melbourne, while also longing to return to Barcelona and needing connections with other Catalans.
Chief investigator: Glenda Mejía with Sarah Pink
Project sponsor: RMIT University