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If you had to leave your home, with very little notice and no choice, what would you take with you? What is “home” to you?
According to UN statistics, by mid-2020, 80 million people had been displaced worldwide as a result of conflict, persecution, human rights violations, and violence. What is the definition of home and is it possible, through memory and mementos, to transport your home and recreate it in a new location? Should refugees and displaced persons seek to recreate their original homes or to reshape new identities and cultural mores so as to “fit in”?
Displacement—the forcible removal of people from their homes—is not a new concept, but the study of the impacts of displacement on refugees and persecuted people is a fairly modern discipline. Material culture, family history, and even food often play roles in “replacing” the displaced.