Special Issue "Transnational Families: Europe and the World"
A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.
Interests: Britain; modern Europe; women’s studies; legal studies
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
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