The aim of this panel is to analyze forms dynamics and histories of conjugality parenthood and care in transnational families between Africa and Europe from different disciplinary perspectives. Contributions using innovative methodological and gendered approaches on family lives are invited.
Contemporary mobility in transnational spaces modifies the relationships between individuals within families and households both in sending and in host countries. The aim of this panel is to analyze forms, dynamics and histories of conjugality, parenthood and care in transnational families between Africa and Europe from different disciplinary perspectives. Contributions using a gendered approach are invited in which gender norms and differential gender impacts of transnational family life are central. The objective is to discuss the impact of mobility in individuals' lives, considering family and household relationships and taking into account that experiences of transnational family life are different for men and women; girls and boys and are affected by gender representations and auto perceptions. The discussion will reinforce transnationalism, migration and family studies by bringing different disciplines and approaches to bare. Papers are invited with innovative methodological approaches and comparative analyses along three main axes: multiple locations; different types of migrants (low and high skilled; documented and undocumented) and combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques. Such approaches will allow for new general understandings on the impacts of transnational family lives in different parts of the world.