Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises

Funded by The Sociological Review Foundation
Organised by the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
and the School of Law, Middlesex University

Against the backdrop of Brexit and ongoing migration crises, this seminar aims to address the theme of transnational family justice - individuals’ experiences and the regulation, at the national and international level, of citizenship rights and claims in terms of transnational family and intimate relationships. It seeks to explore and advance debates on social dynamics, public discourses, social policies and lived experiences of migration, multiculturalism, and intimate citizenship among transnational families in Western Europe. Given the emergent nature of the context and foci of the seminar, we take a broad approach to the definition of transnational family justice to encourage open and constructive dialogues in a burgeoning field. The seminar will be built around, but is not limited to, the following sets of questions:  

  • What are the prevalent public beliefs and social attitudes toward transnational families and intimate relationships?
  • What rationales underlie state regulations of transnational family relations in terms of immigration, employment, and family policies?
  • How do experiences of distinct migration trajectories, and particularly immigration policies and visa regimes, shape transnational intimate and family relationships?
  • How do transnational families’ experiences of intimate citizenship affect their well-being (mental, physical, socioeconomic, etc.) in their host societies?
  • How are transnational family justice systems sexualised and gendered? How may this affect the lived experiences of individuals of distinct gender and sexualities in different ways and potentially reinforce existing and create new gender inequalities in a transnational field?

Confirmed speakers include Professor Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University), Professor Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University), Professor Helena Wray (University of Exeter), Dr Daniel Nehring (Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea), Dr Hyun-Joo Lim (Bournemouth University), Dr Yang Hu (Lancaster University).

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