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Dear colleagues,

Please note our Special Issue Call to appear in Social Networks on Migration and Transnationalism. 

We look forward to receiving your abstracts. 

Best wishes, 

Basak Bilecen

Call for Papers - Social Networks Special Issue
Missing Link: The Social Network Approach 
Studies of Migration and Transnationalism

Issue Editors: 
Dr. Başak Bilecen
(University of Bielefeld, Germany) 
Dr. Markus Gamper
(University of Cologne, Germany)
Dr. Miranda Lubbers
(Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)

of the Special Issue:
 The special issue is a response to an increasing
interest in the role of social networks in studies of migration and
transnationalism. Its goal is to introduce novel approaches for investigating
cross-border networks. The contributions are envisioned to provide a
critical assessment of the most recent research efforts, and substantiate the
increasingly interconnected relations across the globe with innovative
methodological approaches that apply social network analysis. 

of the Special Issue:
 The transnational practices of migrants and mobile
persons, including transnational care and support, communication, political
participation, and economic and informational exchanges, have attracted a
considerable amount of scholarly attention. Literature has long recognized the
role that social networks play in the formation of these transnational
practices (Boyd 1989; Faist 2000; Vertovec 2009). Despite their centrality in
migration and transnational studies however, social networks are often used
only conceptually, leaving relatively unexplored how these networks are
composed and structured, how they evolve over time, and how support and other
resources are exchanged through the networks. 
 Taking this scholarly omission as a starting point,
this special issue wishes to avoid the tendency of previous studies to
generalize, or to simply state that networks constitute transnational social
spaces, by explicitly mapping the terrain of such spaces at different levels.
In so doing, it intends to achieve a better understanding of the spatial,
temporal, and/or functional dimensions of transnational relations. Social
network analysis gives us the tools and vocabulary to do exactly this. 
 We invite scholars who adopt a network approach in
studies about migration, mobility and transnationalism to contribute to the
special issue. We invite both methodological contributions, for example proposing
new approaches to operationalize concepts such as transnational social field and transnationality, and empirical contributions. Empirical contributions can
focus on different levels of analysis (individual, community, or country). We
wish to represent a selection of articles that jointly highlight the potential
of social network research for contributing to our understanding of
transnational phenomena. 

 Submission Requirements:
authors are asked to submit an abstract of max. 300 words by September 15th
to [log in to unmask] (preferably
with a copy to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]),
which should include a clear description of the question to be answered, the
data and the methodology. Alternatively, authors can directly submit a full
paper if they wish so. Abstracts will be evaluated for overall strength and for
their fit with the topic of the special issue. Authors invited to submit full
papers will be asked to do so by January 31st, 2016, for review by a Special
Issue editor, two peer reviewers, and the Editors of Social Networks. For author
instructions please check
 Important Dates:
15th, 2015 – Abstract Due
1st, 2015 – Invitations Issued for Full Paper Submissions
31st, 2016 – Full Paper Submission Due
31st, 2016 – Initial Review Decision
1st, 2016 – Revised Papers Due
 Boyd, M. (1989)
‘Family and Personal Networks in International Migration: Recent Developments
and New Agendas’; International Migration
Review; 23 (3), 638–670.
 Faist, T. (2000) The Volume and Dynamics of International
Migration and Transnational Social Spaces, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 Vertovec, S. (2009) Transnationalism, New York: Routledge.
Dr. Basak Bilecen
Researcher, Faculty of Sociology
SFB 882, Collaborative Research Center
'From Heterogenities to Inequalities'
C3 Project

Bielefeld University
P.O. Box 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld

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