19th IMISCOE Annual Conference

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Workshop - Family practices in migration: Everyday lives and relationships – Exploring relationality and time.
The edited collection Family practices in migration: Everyday lives and relationships, published by Routledge in 2021, emerged from former substantive and methodological sessions on migrant families, children and youth in past IMISCOE conferences and brought together scholars from a range of disciplines, geographical areas and levels of experience. The collection places family at the centre of discussions about migration and approaches [migrant] individuality as built through relational and everyday processes with others (cf. Roseneil and Ketokivi, 2016) as well as within the structures, timings and trans-local spaces that mediate [migrant] social life. From this perspective, the book understands migrant families and other personal communities as built through everyday processes informed by key ideas such as family practices and ‘doing family’, aligning with conceptualisations of transnational families as fluid entities that are made and re-made across time and space through migrants’ everyday practices. The book emphasises the importance of considering the perspectives of different members or generations and of different temporalities for our understanding of migrant families in all their complexity – doing family changes overtime, in different life course stages, but also across the migration trajectories of different family members. This workshop seeks to build on some of the main contributions of the collection, paying particular attention to different expressions of time and temporality and how they intersect with the relational spaces of family and other personal communities in migration. Some relevant notions include the impacts of migration on family practices over the life-course, or across generations or migration trajectories; migrants’ own experiences and understandings of time; and everyday life perspectives foregrounding the fluid and dynamic character of transnational families and family life. Chapter authors have been invited to reflect on the relevant temporal dimensions of their chapters and provide a snapshot of their contributions which will be used as spring boards to discuss the frequently “taken for granted” and implicitness of time in [family related] migration research (Griffiths et al., 2013). These snapshots may be in person or video recorded to facilitate as many contributions as possible, identify under-researched areas and enrich the discussion with the audience. References: Griffiths, M.; Rogers, A. and Anderson, B. (2013) Migration, Time and Temporalities: Review and Prospect. COMPAS Research Resources Paper. Oxford: Centre on Migration, Policy & Society. Roseneil, S. and K. Ketokivi (2016). "Relational Persons and Relational Processes: Developing the Notion of Relationality for the Sociology of Personal Life." Sociology 50(1): 143-159.
Period1 Jul 2022
Event typeConference
LocationOslo, NorwayShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational