The Affective Production of 'Home': Patron Festival Videos in the Transnational Context of Mexico/USA
Freie Universität Berlin
SFB 1171 "Affective Societies" Subproject A05
Sebastian Bürg and Elizabeth Gallón Droste (Student Assistants)
The Area of Ancient American Studies/Cultural Anthropology of the Institute for Latin American Studies participated in the DFG Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies - Dynamics of Living Together in Moving Worlds" with the subproject A05 "The Affective Production of 'Home': Patronage Festival Videos in the Transnational Context Mexico/USA". It investigated from a visual anthropological perspective how transnational belonging was affectively produced and negotiated between Mexico and the USA in and through the medium of patronage festival videos. The videos constitute a genre of their own that has emerged since 2000 in the wake of international migration from Oaxaca's Sierra Norte to the U.S., currently one of Mexico's main sending regions. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels, the subproject explored the question of how actors affectively form 'home' across borders within the production, circulation, and consumption of video films documenting the festival in honor of the patron saint in the Mexican community of origin (duration 2015-2019).