Call for Articles: Mobility and affective relationships

Published on 22 March 2017 par Institut du Genre

Special Issue of Studi Emigrazione. International Journal of Migration Studies

How do emotional relationships intersect and overlap with trajectories of geographic and social mobility? What are the benefits of analyzing mobility through the lens of emotional relationships in addition to the institutional one? In recent decades a growing number of scholars has discussed how geographic mobility influences the formation of emotional relations in different historical and geographical contexts (Stark, Lucas 1988; Boyle, Halfacree, Robinson 1998; Hill 2004; Mai, King 2009). Some authors, for instance, have highlighted how mobility thus can contribute significantly to the form and stability of the relationship, as well as to its breaking (Kraus 2014; Sinke 1999; Tharenou 2008). Conversely, the emergence of a relationship (be it friendship, romantic, intimate, marital) can happen as a response to mobility needs and experience. However, the effects of mobility on the formation of emotional relationships (as couple, family or friends) and vice-versa are still under-investigated. This is especially the case for those contexts of crisis from which refugee flows originate.

This call for articles focuses on the intersections between mobility and the formation of affective relationships. The study of how geographical mobility and emotional relationships (through their subjective experience, narratives and practices) interact will provide an opportunity to examine aspects crucial to understand migration processes at large. In particular, we invite scholars to reflect on:

· how the establishment of a relationship can influence the migration project;
· how the experience of migration, either voluntary or forced, can change family formation patterns and influence the interpretation and experience gender roles;
· how the emotional dimension contributes to the imagination and the enactment of the migration project.

The analysis of these aspects opens new grounds to investigate the role of social norms of the countries of origin and countries of transit or destination in the migration process. It also provides the site to explore how current migration regulations and different legal statuses affect migrants’ emotional lives and relationships, at times, changing and, at times, reproducing local expectations and practices.

We invite contributions of anthropologists, demographers, sociologists, historians and jurists who can and want to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion which could be of interest to a larger audience of academics, policy makers and social workers. Proposed contributions can use different methodological approaches and an interdisciplinary is highly welcome. Ethnographic case studies, historical reconstructions, demographic or sociological analysis will be accepted as long as they focus on the intersections between geographic mobility and affective relationships.

Bibliographical references
Boyle Paul, Halfacree Keith, Robinson Vaughan (1998), Exploring contemporary migration, London: Routledge
Braidotti Rosi (1994), Nomadic subjects. Embodiment and sexual difference in contemporary feminist theory, New York: Columbia University Press
Hill Laura E. (2004), Connections between U.S. female migration and family formation and dissolution, Migraciones Internacionales, 2(3): 60–82
Kraus Elisabeth K. (2014), The link between family formation dynamics and migration. The case of Senegalese migrants in Europe, paper presentato all’Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, Boston, 24 March
Mai Nicola, King Russell (2009), Love, sexuality and migration: mapping the issue(s), Mobilities, 4(3): 295-307
Sinke Suzanne (1999), Migration for labor, migration for love: marriage and family formation across borders, OAH Magazine of History, 14(1): 17-21
Stark Oded, Lucas Robert E.B. (1988), Migration, remittances, and the family, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 36(3): 465-481
Tharenou Phyllis (2008), Disruptive decisions to leave home: gender and family differences in expatriation choices, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105(2): 183-200

Selected proposals will be part of the special issue (October-December 2018, n. 212) of Studi Emigrazione. International Journal of Migration Studies. All interested scholars are invited to submit a long abstract proposal (max 800 words) including title, institution and mail before March 30th to the following mail:
Full paper should be submitted for the 1st December 2017 at the latest.

All authors are invited to follow carefully the editorial rules of the journal Studi Emigrazione. International Journal of Migration Studies on the Journal home page.