Vol. 12 No. 1 (2022): Home


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. 

Published: 2022-09-18