Home has long carried connotations of safety, comfort, warmth and familiarity. However, in an increasingly interconnected world, the term ‘home’ takes on new meanings. Widespread media coverage of mass migrations resulting from political turmoil shed light on alternative understandings of home, with issues of statelessness, national identity, forced relocation, longing/belonging, acculturation, and assimilation becoming increasingly pressing. It is also a site of inequality; inequality in accessibility, inequality of ownership, and inequality in the division of domestic responsibility. As the articles, essays and exclusive interview with Mohsin Hamid contained in this issue show, home is a complex signifier, a space which every individual will experience differently, imbued with contradiction, and deserving of academic attention.
"Concepts are not fixed; they travel." – Mieke Bal (Conceptual Odysseys)
Excursions is an invitation to journey into the unfamiliar, a space in which to reflect upon the travels of concepts, beyond the boundaries of one’s discipline. Founded in 2010, this peer-reviewed journal is designed to showcase high-quality, innovative and inventive postgraduate research.
Run by postgraduates at the University of Sussex, we aim to encourage work that plays with the permeable nature of academic disciplines. As such, our interest lies in the interdisciplinary. Each issue of the journal has a theme which contributors can interpret as they see fit. We welcome critical papers or creative pieces and seek to place cultural, political, artistic and scientific discourses together in surprising combinations and illuminating moments of collision.