Special Issue "Transnational Families: Europe and the World"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ginger S. Frost
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of History, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA
Interests: Britain; modern Europe; women’s studies; legal studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest in imperial and transnational history has grown exponentially in the last twenty years, but globalization and its relationship with family history remains understudied. Marrying and having children across lines of nationality, race, and empire has led to complications for the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, wider kin, and the state. Though many historians of empire have noted the hostility to mixed-race marriages, less attention has been given to marriages between different European countries or between Europe and the Americas. In addition, more in-depth study of the family experience of migrants, refugees, or stateless persons is necessary to understand the full tragedy of twentieth century wars and revolutions.

In order to help to fill this void, this Special Issue centers on the experience of bi- or multinational families in modern European history (1850–present) by focusing on issues of citizenship, race, and empire. Particularly in the twentieth century, populations moved continually for both political and economic reasons. Wherever people moved, they met partners, fell in love, married, and had children. How states dealt with this teeming variety differed greatly, since citizenship was not a fixed quality but one that varied based on the needs of the area. Gender, class, and race all factored into how much protection European states were willing to offer. Modern European governments wished to support family ties (and, especially, promote population growth), while at the same time they narrowed the parameters of citizenship, pushing more families to the margins. In short, mixed-nationality families faced great challenges in a nationalistic age.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Transnational marriage and divorce
  • Married women’s denationalization and/or renationalization
  • Children’s positions in dual-nationality households
  • Transnational adoption
  • Nationality, citizenship, and race
  • War, family, and citizenship
  • Enemy alien and/or refugee families
  • Migration and the family
  • Economic strategies for diasporic or multinational families
  • Intermarriages in European empires
  • International bigamy
  • International organizations and family policy
  • Religion and cross-nationality in families
  • Fertility control and migration in family policy
  • Cultural representations of dual-nationality couples and/or their children
  • Alienage and statelessness
  • LGBTQ families across national borders

Prof. Dr. Ginger S. Frost
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • family
  • marriage
  • parenthood
  • nationality
  • citizenship
  • migration
  • race
  • empire

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Transnational Practices and Emotional Belonging among Early 20th-Century Greek Migrants in the United States
Genealogy 2020, 4(3), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4030090 - 27 Aug 2020
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This article aims at studying transnational families dispersed among Greece and the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. It examines the ways in which transnationalism was a common way of being, acting and feeling strongly associated with the available [...] Read more.
This article aims at studying transnational families dispersed among Greece and the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. It examines the ways in which transnationalism was a common way of being, acting and feeling strongly associated with the available “technologies” of those times, namely photographs, letters and private financial and judicial records. The focus is purposefully micro-historical, analyzing the private collections of two families in a small mountainous village community of the Greek south. Its purpose is to manifest the ways in which transnational families communicated, exchanged items, thoughts and emotions, fulfilled economic obligations and marital aspirations and, overall, created “proxy” transnational spaces. At the same time, shifting the focus to individuals, it aims at presenting the diversities of transnationalism as a lived experience, as unfolded in the personal records of migrants and their kin. Further, it explores transnationalism as a holistic, multi-faceted and all-encompassing ground, with its dynamics influencing not only migrants, but also their families and societies back in the homeland. Full article
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Racialized Affectivities of (Un)Belonging: Mixed (Race) Couples in the Shadow of Brexit
Genealogy 2020, 4(3), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4030083 - 01 Aug 2020
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This paper explores the affective economy of (un)belonging, revealed by the UK decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU). Emerging social science research on so-called ‘Brexit’ focuses on the anticipated effects of a stricter UK immigration regime on the lives of EU [...] Read more.
This paper explores the affective economy of (un)belonging, revealed by the UK decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU). Emerging social science research on so-called ‘Brexit’ focuses on the anticipated effects of a stricter UK immigration regime on the lives of EU citizens and families. Against the background of the country’s postcolonial melancholia, and drawing from my ethnographic fieldwork in England (2018–2019), this paper discusses how British and mixed-migration status, mixed (race) couples narrate the impact of the poll’s outcome on their affective orientations towards the UK and the EU. It shows how race inflects partners’ different perception of Brexit as a historical rupture or as an event in a continuum; as a loss of entitlement to mobility in space, or of the legitimacy of permanence in place; as a lingering danger, or a magnifier of existing patterns of violence. By putting Black and mixed-race partners’ narratives center stage, this paper traces three scenes of expression of their perceived contested and precarious belonging: the ordinariness of racism in the UK, the mistrust in the durability of the boundaries of inclusion drawn by the British state, and a heightened alertness for fear of escalating racist and homophobic violence. Full article
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‘Vindictiveness on Account of Colour’?: Race, Gender, and Class at the English Divorce Court, 1872–1939
Genealogy 2020, 4(3), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4030082 - 01 Aug 2020
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This article uses 116 divorce or separation cases involving people of color between 1872 and 1940 to interrogate the role of the state in adjudicating racially mixed marriages in Britain. These examples demonstrate the rising population of imperial subjects within the U.K., but [...] Read more.
This article uses 116 divorce or separation cases involving people of color between 1872 and 1940 to interrogate the role of the state in adjudicating racially mixed marriages in Britain. These examples demonstrate the rising population of imperial subjects within the U.K., but also that marital cases could reverse in-migration, due to embarrassment and expense for all parties. In addition, gender and class factors limited the impact of race in the court. Men’s advantages in bringing cases overcame some racial prejudices, and rich men, whatever their color, could hire effective representation. Race only impacted divorce cases when women could play on stereotypes of violent men, or when men of color were co-respondents and thus broke up homes. Still, the number of undefended cases limited the influence of race in most divorce suits. Full article
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Shifting Racial Boundaries and Their Limits. German Women, Non-European Men, and the Negotiation of Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Germany
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010030 - 20 Mar 2020
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This essay examines the cultural, ethnic, and “racial” boundaries of the National Socialist “Volksgemeinschaft” based on planned, failed, and completed marriages between German women and non-European men in the early twentieth century. From evidence in the relevant files from the Federal Archives and [...] Read more.
This essay examines the cultural, ethnic, and “racial” boundaries of the National Socialist “Volksgemeinschaft” based on planned, failed, and completed marriages between German women and non-European men in the early twentieth century. From evidence in the relevant files from the Federal Archives and the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office, this essay discusses male partners from various countries of origin as examples of the role of the state in racially mixed unions. The reactions of the institutional actors and the couples themselves demonstrated the surprising ambivalence of National Socialist racial policy due to political and diplomatic requirements. Full article
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