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Migration, love and the value of absence in contemporary Senegal

Title
Migration, love and the value of absence in contemporary Senegal
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach # University College London
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Date and Time
29th Nov 2017 16:00 - 29th Nov 2017 17:30
Location
H.R.B Lecture Theatre, Robson Building, George Square, EH8 9LD
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2017_2018/migration,_love_and_the_value_of_absence_in_contemporary_senegal

In the Senegambian region, mobility has long been an important aspect of familial arrangements. Throughout the 20th century, these regional patterns have been extended across continents, such that transnational marriage and parenting have become part of families’ kinship repertoire. Increasingly however, the restrictiveness of immigration policies undermines people’s ability to carry out meaningful relationships across borders. Senegalese migrants may find themselves compelled to establish new families where they reside, only to be caught up in a web of material obligations across several locations. Protracted separation thus radically transforms the dialectic of presence and absence in Wolof-speaking Senegal.

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