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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

The Missing Link: The Social Network Approach

in Studies of Migration and Transnationalism

Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Başak Bilecen (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

Dr. Markus Gamper (University of Cologne, Germany)

Dr. Miranda Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)

Goal 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.

Description 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:

Interested 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 http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505596/authorinstructions

Important Dates:

September 15th, 2015 – Abstract Due

October 1st, 2015 – Invitations Issued for Full Paper Submissions

January 31st, 2016 – Full Paper Submission Due

March 31st, 2016 – Initial Review Decision

May 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), 638670.

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
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