Ibi–Alibi. Intimacy practices and visions from migrants’ descendants in Latin America

The dossier addresses the theme "post-migratory generations" in contemporary Latin America. It focuses on the dynamics of production, incorporation and construction of practices and imaginaries produced by descendants of migrants and connected to the immigrant ancestors and their places of origin. Part of the Latin American population incorporated the migratory experience of their relatives and ancestors. Descendants from the second to the fifth generation practice and construct imaginaries of "intimacy" based on the constant dialectic between “ibi” and “alibi”, here and there. Ibi is the place of close relations and contact with the family and migrant ancestors, while "alibi" is the place from where the migrants arrived and that exerts its force of attraction as that of another world.

In this project, we explore the production of practices and imaginaries in the context of post-migration starting from the dialectic ibi-alibi, which goes beyond the concept of "identity" and "ethnic revival" in their political definition and their symbolic-folkloristic content, in order to improve our understanding of the current realities of Latin America. Therefore, the dossier proposes the use of the concept of "intimacy" in reference to what is familiar but which at the same time can expand to include groups or even a nation state and diaspora communities. The dialectic ibi-alibi constitutes the first chain link of the production of practices and imaginaries that extend the dimension of intimacy, including, for example, local or transnational ethnic associations, or members of the same genealogical reconstruction scattered all over the world who create and keep contact thanks to virtual spaces such as web sites and social media (Facebook etc.). Each of these examples of intimacy implies not only an ibi, but also something exogenous, the seduction of an alibi: the reference to a place or several places from where the immigrant ancestors arrived or where other descendants live. The alibi is always adumbrated in the horizons of ibi and vice versa.

Therefore, in this issue we seek answers to two general questions: What practices and what imaginaries are produced in this dimension of intimacy that implies a constant dialectic between ibi and alibi? In what methodological perspectives can they be studied? The dossier is open to any social and cultural discipline that uses methods of qualitative research and micro analytical approaches, from various methodological and theoretical perspectives on practices, actions, representations, relations, material culture, imaginaries, narratives, poetics, aesthetics, etc. to investigate the production of intimacies.

Contributions, including abstracts (maximum 600 characters, in English and in the language of the paper) and five keywords (in English and in the language of the paper), must be sent by email to the editors, Alicia Bernasconi (alibernasconi@gmail.com), Tobias Boos (tboos@uni-mainz.de) y Daniela Salvucci (salvuccidana@gmail.com) copying the Journal Contact: diplingmod.redazioneconfluenze@unibo.it

Submission deadline: 30th of November 2017.

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