Beginning with an ethnography of the Universal Esperanto Association's bookshop, in Rotterdam, this chapter investigates how the status of the Esperanto community as an international community relies on the continuous circulation of people and things to overcome the global dispersion of Esperanto speakers. Following the packing and shipping of books from Rotterdam to Seoul for the 2017 Universal Congress of Esperanto, I explore how the main task of the bookshop salesperson of keeping track of and mapping out this readership also constitutes the very labour that continuously (re)create and (re)produce this speech community's short-lived materiality. The discussion about regular travelling as a precondition to joining occasional large-scale materialisations of this international pop-up community also includes a methodological consideration on how to approach Esperanto speakers ethnographically.
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Fians, G. (2021). Follow the (Non-)Native: Circulating, Mapping and Territorialising the Esperanto Community. In: Esperanto Revolutionaries and Geeks. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84230-7_3
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