Agata Lisiak speaks on motherhood and migration

Faculty member Dr. Agata Lisiak gave papers at two interdisciplinary conferences: “Motherhood and Culture - Identity, Diversity, and Values,” hosted by Maynooth University, Ireland on June 15-17, and the 12th IMISCOE Annual Conference “Rights, Democracy and Migration - Challenges and Opportunities,” which took place in Geneva on June 25-27, 2015. 

At Maynooth University Dr. Lisiak presented the paper “Performing Immigrant Motherhood in Super-diverse Urban Contexts,” which draws on semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and visual ethnography conducted in Berlin, Munich, Birmingham, and London to discuss the everyday practices and encounters in which Polish mothers of small children engage in public and private spaces. The paper inquired how Polish mothers living in English and German cities encounter and perform diversity, how these encounters and performances affect their mothering practices, and how the knowledge and competences acquired by immigrants affect mothering practices in Poland. 

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At the IMISCOE Conference Dr. Lisiak gave the talk “‘Later It Comes Back to Me’: Transnational Movements of Objects Related to Child Rearing,” which focused on how families deal with the financial challenges related to child rearing and how, in doing so, they mobilise their connections to people in various locations. Based on material gathered through narrative interviews, visual ethnography, and collaborative artifact analysis, Dr. Lisiak explored the transnational exchange of children’s clothes, accessories, and toys to argue that the connections thus established are meaningful beyond the purely economic rationale. 

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