Objects of exile: a typology

Working paper d'Alaxandra Galitzine-Loumpet

Studies related to migratory movements have until now given little attention to objects despite the fact they are the only tangible traces of contemporary intense human circulation. However, objects of exile are not merely objects of migration. Organised according to a principle of coexistence, objects of exile include artefacts and literary or artistic representations and address issues of time, space and multiple identity. This paper aims at sketching a material cultural of exile and at drawing an initial typology according to three main criteria: the unstable condition of the exiled subject; the linkage between materialness and immaterialness; the transformation of uses and practices.


Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet is an anthropologue and works currently at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (ANR EsCA, Programm "Non-lieux de l'exil") after being for a long time at the University of Yaoundé I. Her research themes are : the representations of otherness, the inheritance in Africa, the kingdom and the writing Bamoun (West of Cameroun), the material culture and especially the exils objetcs.


Alaxandra Galitzine-Loumpet. Pour une typologie des objets de l'exil. FMSH-WP-2013-46. 2013.<halshs-00862480>


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