Migration and Distant Love with Jasmina Al-Qaisi

The event is part of the seminar series Migration in a Global Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Approach and will take place on 11 April, Room 102, Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, Panduri Campus, Șoseaua Panduri 90,  at 17.00.

In the contemporary world, the impact of migration on political, economic and social aspects of our life is uncontested. However, the impact of migration is much more pervasive: migration and other forms of mobility challenge and even reshape the emotional, affective and intimate/personal relationships. What are the intersectionalities of love and migration in a globalized world is a topic that starts to be investigated, and there are some compelling questions to be answered: How does migration challenge the familiar categories and the standard narratives of love and intimacy? Does migration imply a loss of emotional expressiveness and intimate attachment or a gain? Are love and intimacy motivations for migration and mobility or obstacles? What are the ways and forms of continuities/discontinuities of love and intimacy in migration?, etc. This seminar will explore these questions in a presentation by Jasmina Al-Qaisi, who investigates different globalized intersections of love and migration, through the notion of ‘distant love’ or ‘love at a distance’. Jasmina Al-Qaisi investigates different types of long-distance relationships and the ways to ensure the continuity of emotional/intimate relationships, mainly through the technological and digital means. This presentation is based on the conducted observation on approximately 100 coupes involved in distant love, and in-depth ethnographic narrative interviews with 10 mixed transnational couples. As well, the research included the analysis of the visual components of their digitalized distant love, through such methods as material probing and photo elicitation.  In all their various forms, all these  distant loves show how the globalized world of migration and mobilities becomes embodied in the personal lives of individuals and illustrate how space and distance shape the way we understand and experience love in an increasingly global world.

Short bio: Jasmina Al-Qaisi is a visual ethnographer and a cultural correspondent. She studied visual studies and communication at National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Ljubljana, and researched the topic of visual communication in distant relationships. Jamsina’s areas of research and writing include visual arts, migration and music. Currently Jasmina lives in Berlin and works in the archive of the art and project space SAVVY Contemporary.


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