C1 Budginaite-Mackine: Everyday lives in uncertain political climate

Irma Budginaite Mackine
‘Everyday lives in uncertain political climate: notions of home and belonging in the narratives of young Lithuanians in Brexit Britain’

July 29th 11.30 – 12.00 CET

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The changing political context and strong anti-EU-migration rhetoric during the Brexit campaign (particularly directed to migrants from the new EU member states) created a climate of uncertainty. It (re-)opened the questions of belonging and non-belonging, as those living in the UK faced a choice of remaining in the country, returning to their country of origin or moving elsewhere.

I would like to invite you to a virtual meeting, during which you will have a chance to have a closer look at the narratives of 36 Lithuanians (aged 19 to 35), 30 of which currently continue living in the UK and 6 of which returned to Lithuania post-Brexit referendum and discuss the emerging themes. In particular, we will explore how conceptualisations of home as a (safe) physical space and attachment (or lack of attachment) to the (close) environment are intertwined with narratives of nostalgia emerging from memories of parental home and Lithuanian hometowns. The extracts from narratives in (audio)visual format will be available online before and after the virtual meeting.