[URBANTH-L] CFP: Family Dynamics in Transnational Migration among African Migrants

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Tue Mar 4 12:18:01 EST 2008

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal
announce a Call for Papers for a special issue on
Family Dynamics in Transnational Migration among African migrants

The flotilla of dingy open boats bringing African migrants across the 
Atlantic Ocean to Spanish territories such as the Canary Islands, as well as 
to the Italian islands of Lampedusa, Sicily and Malta, symbolize the 
perilous journey of many postcolonial African migrants today. The recovery 
of bodies of migrants washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean or more 
recently on those of the Red Sea, and the countless men and women whose 
bodies never made it to safety, speak to a new encounter between Europe and 
Africa long informed slavery and colonialism.

Transnational migrants have received considerable attention in the last 
three decades as part of a wider scholarly concern to critically examine the 
complex phenomenon associated with the international circulation of capital, 
goods, people, and commodities. However, much of the literature about 
transnational migrants is devoid of concern related to the logics of their 
families, their constitution, everyday practices, dynamics and mobility in 
all their complexities, both in the country of origin and in the country of 
arrival. By focusing on transnational African migrants, the special issue 
explores the multiple tensions and conflicts that arise from gender roles 
and generational pressures as well as from movement, separation and reunion.

Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the 
form of a 200-word abstract by March 31, 2008. Authors of accepted proposals 
will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English)by July, 30, 

The special issue will be guest edited by Marina de Regt (International 
Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), Eva Evers Rosander, (Department of 
Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden), Reinhilde König (Department 
of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam).
All communication regarding the special edition should be directed to Dr. 
Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), by 
e-mail: marina.deregt at planet.nl

Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editors will be happy to 
discuss individual questions.

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a 
critical interrogation of the trans/national movements, locations and 
intersections of subjectivity within the African Diaspora in the context of 
globalization as well as in different discourses, practices and political 
contexts. The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political 
shifts imposed by the nation-state to provide a counternarrative of subject 
positions of people of the African Diaspora, grounded in cultural and 
political responses.

Dr. Marina Deregt
International Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31
1019AT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Telephone + 31 20 6685866
Fax + 31 20 6654181
Email: marina.deregt at planet.nl 

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