Chapter 12: Senses of home
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In this chapter, the author explores the senses as home, through a discussion of the sensory, embodied experiences of home and migration. Home, in this sense, does not denote a specific house or location but a way of being in the world that requires an ongoing relationship, and that leads to the intermingling of bodies and places that occurs over time. Sensory experiences locate us in the world: a sight, a sound or a scent can leave us feeling intimately connected to the place in which we find ourselves, or startlingly out of place as we recall the sensations of distant places. In this way, sensing, and making sense of, home involves a constant interaction between people, places and memories. The chapter is inspired by the author’s own family’s experiences of migration and travel between Italy and Australia, and also draws on interviews conducted with immigrants and their descendants in Rome in 2009. The chapter approaches migration as one of those moments when an intimate knowledge of place is interrupted, and migrants have to learn how to inhabit the new place and to be themselves in it, re-inhabiting their senses-as-home as the new place becomes familiar over time. Keywords: embodiment, senses, place/space, home, migration, belonging

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