Jasna Čapo held a lecture on migrants as place- and city-makers at the IUAES congress in Brasil

International Union of Ethnological and Anthropological Sciences/IUAES organized its 18th Congress in Florainapolis, Brasil : World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge  (16th-20th July 2018).

Jasna Čapo took part in the panel 120 Making Cities, Cities in the Making: Moments of Arrival, Appropriation and Resistance, organized by Monika Palmberger (University of Vienna) i Tilmann Heil (University of Leuven/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). Among participants from Poland, South African Republic, Austria, Brasil, Germany, France, Belgium and Czechia Čapo presented the paper Migrants as Place-and City-makers: Partnership Mobility at a European Periphery.

(Summary) Croatia does not figure on the map of global mobilities; the state has traditionally been an emigration country, which it remains to this day. Immigrants to the country, very low in numbers, have been driven by other reasons than economy or safety. The main motive for recent arrivals of well-educated, highly skilled, young and middle aged immigrants from all over the world has been partnership with a Croatian citizen and, for those in higher age groups, retirement (possibly also with a Croatian partner). The presentation targets their experiences of placemaking in the city of Zagreb: How do they perceive, imagine and narrate the city and their life in the city? How do they experience and appropriate the materiality of the city? In what ways are their claims to dwelling in Zagreb (re-)making the city? The presentation is part of a larger project: City-making: space, culture and identity that is carried out in the city of Zagreb (www.citymaking.eu/en).

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  • Project is supported by Croatian Science Foundation

  • Project leading institution: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

  • Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Department of Geography