Mediating Homing Desire


  • Laura Rus University of British Columbia


diaspora, gender, identity, multiculturalism, home


This paper takes the concept of ââ¬Åhomeââ¬Â as the entry point into the complex problematics not only of knowledge and representation, but also of what makes these visible, that is, notions such as: diaspora, gender, identity. and multiculturalism, as they disrupt the apparent homogeneity of the aforementioned epistemic categories, opening them to questions and re-considerations. I start by examining different definitions of ââ¬Åhomeââ¬Â to then situate my (critical) inquiry into the dispersed interval open within this approach. I continue by arguing that ââ¬Åhomeââ¬Â is not a matter (only) of either epistemology (that is, ââ¬Åknowing homeââ¬Â/ ââ¬Åwhere/what home isââ¬Â) or of ontology (for instance, ââ¬Åbeing at homeââ¬Â/ ââ¬Âaway from homeââ¬Â), but most importantly of uneven becoming. It is a process of becoming that needs to rethink the notion of ââ¬Åhomeââ¬Â to include its own otherness, its own ââ¬Åforeignness-to-itself.ââ¬Â It is a process that involves not only the understanding of home and the formation of the identity (politics) of a diasporic community, but also of the structural dynamics of desire and affect as formative of both the self and the diasporic community within the larger dynamics of globalization processes.

Author Biography

Laura Rus, University of British Columbia

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Research in Womenââ¬â¢s Studies and Gender Relations, University of British Columbia. Some of my broad academic interests lie at the intersections of various discourses, such as: feminist epistemology, psychoanalysis and critical literary theory. My current research focuses on the analysis of Julia Kristevaââ¬â¢s novels, situated in a dialogic relation with her theoretical work.