Author: Sarah Bringhurst Familia

Expanding the Boundaries of History

Since I talked about Amy’s book and my chapter in it on the podcast this week, I thought it might be interesting to give a little bit of background here on the blog as well. A year and a half ago, when I began working for the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) in The Hague, I inherited a half-written article on the history of the organisation. It was intended to be a chapter in a book written by an American scholar (Amy Levin, who was also interviewed on the podcast), and it fell to me to pull together portions written...

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How I Made Friends With Facebook

Lately at Hiraeth we’ve been talking about ways that people who move around stay in touch with friends and family in other places. We’ve come a long way since the days of paper letters that took weeks to arrive in another country. How do we use different technologies and platforms to stay connected? It got me thinking about a blog post I wrote almost five years ago in which I dissected my long-fraught relationship with Facebook. I have not always been a friend to Facebook. I am way too old to have grown up using it in high school. Actually, I’ll...

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A New Home and an Invented Language

As members of the editorial board here at Hiraeth, we all have our own stories of migration. You’ll already know if you’ve listened to podcast #2 that my kids grew up with the idea that periodically moving to another country was just a normal part of life. Listening to the stories of other “Itchy Foot Families” in podcast #3 made me want to go back and read the blog I’ve kept during the dozen or so years my husband and I have been dragging our kids around the world. And I found this post from several years ago, just after...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 24- Calmness Amidst Chaos 20/11/2017
    Francesca Aikman is an artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it, Amsterdam became home.  Recently, she has been making small, […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]

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