Diaspora, Return and Migrant Architectures

By Mirjana Lozanovska.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper will discuss the kinds of communities that evolve through discursive practices of migration. It will focus on the migrant house. A new architecture had appeared in the cities, built on migration, of the new worlds (Melbourne, Toronto, Chicago), as a stereotypical symbolisation of newly arrived immigrants. The appearance of houses built by returning migrants in sites of origin suggests other trajectories, other modes of travel, and other forms of community. Central to the thesis of this paper is the testimony of two types of migrant houses. The study will focus on the migrant houses - in the city of immigration (Melbourne, Australia), and in the village of emigration (Zavoj in Macedonia). The study draws on theories of migration that address the site of departure, the site of arrival, and the question and conflict of return which is at the centre of the migrant’s imaginary. A study of the two houses of migration implicates a set of networks, forces, relations, circumscribing a much larger global geopolitical and cultural field that questions our understandings of diaspora, the currency of transnationalism, the binary structure of dwelling/travelling, and the fabric and fabrication of community. In addition, the paper will explore the notion of house and home/homelessness as an imaginary landscape, a psychic geography that construes imaginary communities through particular migratory travels.

Keywords: Migrant Return, Transnationalism, Architecture

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.239-250. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.135MB).

Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

The research work of Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska over the last 15 years has focussed on the impact of migration on architecture, and how through the built environment multicultural communities are developed. Her publications include "Abjection and Architecture: The Migrant House in Multicultural Australia, " in Post-Colonial Spaces, eds. G. Nalbantoglu & W.C. Thai, (Princeton University Press, New York, 1997, pp. 101-129) and "Emigration/Immigration: Maps Myths Origins," in Drifting: Architecture and Migrancy, Stephen Cairns (ed.) (Routledge, London, 2004, pp. 184-202). The focus of her recent research work is on the sites of emigration. Dr. Lozanovska is Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Australia where she teaches design and history/theory and works on architectural projects.


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