Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises

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This event is part of The Sociological Review Seminar Series, co-organised by the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University and the School of Law, Middlesex University

Abstract submission deadline: May 26th, 2017
Event time: July 19th, 2017

Place: C219, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT


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?

Call for Papers
We invite papers that address the seminar’s core themes from postgraduate students, early-career and established scholars. Paper presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Please email an abstract of up to 250 words to Yang Hu ( and Daniel Nehring ( and include your institutional affiliation and contact details.

We plan to publish a selection of quality papers from this event as a special issue in The Sociological Review. The deadline for the submission of
abstracts is May 26th, 2017.

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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CfPs: Panel ‘Refugee Mobility and Integration’, BSPS 2017

As part of the BSPS 2017 Annual Conference to take place in Liverpool between September 6 to 8, I am organising a session on refugee migration and integration. The Call for Papers is now open!


Refugee mobility & integration

The ongoing refugee crisis, coupled with changing socioeconomic and political dynamics in the West (e.g. Brexit, tightening immigration policies, and rising xenophobic sentiments), presents fresh challenges to the mobility and integration of refugee migrants. This session will focus on the demographic patterns and dynamics of the refugee population, with a particular emphasis on refugees’ socio-cultural and economic integration in terms of access to education, employment, housing, health and welfare resources

Session organiser: Yang Hu (University of Lancaster)

Follow this LINK to view the BSPS conference website.

CfPs: Panel ‘Migration and the City’, ISA RC21 2017

I am organising (with Dr Daniel Nehring) a panel entitled ‘Migration and the City: Internal and International Dynamics in China’ at the upcoming annual conference of Research Council 21 of the International Sociological Association. The conference will take place between September 11 and 13, 2017 in Leeds (UK).


Submission guidelines

The proposed abstracts should address the sessions’ topics and should be inspired by the 2017 conference theme, ‘Rethinking Urban Global Justice’. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to both and to Yang Hu ( and Daniel Nehring ( The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2017.

Abstract requirements

The abstracts should include the following information:

  • Details of the session to which the abstract is submitted: session title and session convenors.

  • The focus: Themes, underlying hypothesis, empirical and/or theoretical basis, structure of the paper.

  • Word count: 300-500 words.

  • The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation(s), address (including postcode), a phone number (will not be made public) and an e-mail address.

Panel information

Urban China stands at the juncture of two cross-cutting strands of migration, namely internal and international. In 2015, Chinese cities hosted more than 160 million internal migrants and more than 30 million international migrants. This amounts to the largest ever non-wartime population mobility in the world. The rapid rise of both migratory flows to Chinese cities is closely embedded in drastic social, economic and cultural transformations in the past decades, in particular rapid and partial urbanisation and globalisation, segmented economic development, and fragmented cultural changes. Beneath the veneer of the astronomical figures, both internal and international migration to and out of urban China assume diverse forms, which encompass labour, family, environment, tourism and educational mobility. They also represent multifaceted experiences—personal and social, rational and emotional, economic and cultural, institutional and legal, local and global. Such experiences present fresh challenges to urban global justice, and they concern issues ranging from social inclusion and exclusion to welfare provision, and from social inequalities to intimate encounters. With an aim to encompass, showcase, compare, and bring into conversation the multiple forms and facets of migratory experiences in global urban China, this session will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Diverse forms and experiences of global urban mobilities in China

  • Comparative focus on internal, regional and international dynamics

  • Migration and socio-cultural integration

  • Migration, rights, and citizenship

  • Gendered migratory experiences