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Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics

Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics
Published 3 January 2016 in: News

Troubling Times for Europe? Families, Migration and Politics

Kraków, 3-4 June 2016

Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

The presence of families in migration streams is a crucial topic of the political, social and public debates. As researchers, scholars and practitioners witnessing the lives of migrant families, we have both the power and obligation to contribute to a salient discussion on import_ant social issues.

This call for papers has been inspired by two strands of research interests. Our first and most evident inspiration originates from our work and cooperation within the research project – Doing family in transnational context. Demographic choices, welfare adaptations, school integration and every-day life of Polish families living in Polish-Norwegian transnationality (Transfam) which has been led by the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University between 2013 and 2016. Our second broader aim responds to the current European migration crisis.

We call for investigations of migrant families in the European free movement space, on the one hand and the studies dedicated to families of refugees in Fortress Europe, on the other hand. We are interested in examining social, cultural, political and national repercussions of both types of mobility processes and in a way ask which lessons learnt from the context of Transnational Families in Europe(Conference Strand 1) can be reappraised and useful for the growing urgency for research and policies pertaining to Refugee Families and Politics in Fortress Europe (Conference Strand 2). In addition, we seek to bring together scholars interested in the dynamics and changes within transnational families in Europe, especially in the Polish context.​

To participate please submit a 250-300 words abstract of your presentation by e-mail to transfam@uj.edu.pl. The deadline for abstracts’ submission is January 31st, 2016. Authors will be notified about the status of their submission by March 1st, 2016.

The conference will be held in Kraków on June 3rd (Friday) and 4th (Saturday) 2016. Details concerning the venue will follow shortly.