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Dear colleagues,

We are organizing a session on “Migration, Transnationalism and Social Networks” (see description below) at the 4th European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN 2019), which will be held from September 9-12 in Zurich, Switzerland. We look forward to receiving your abstracts, which you can submit via the conference website or until April 12th.

If you have any questions regarding the session, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes,


Miranda Lubbers, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Gabriel Hancean, University of Bucharest

José Luis Molina, Autonomous University of Barcelona 


Session description: Migration, Transnationalism and Social Networks

Scholars have long recognized the networked nature of migration (e.g., Boyd, 1989), but only in recent decades has social network analysis been gradually incorporated in research into migration and transnationalism. This interdisciplinary session invites contributions from researchers who apply social network methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed) in the study of international migration and transnationalism. Examples of questions that could be addressed are:

- What role do social networks play for migrants in the premigration, transit and post-migration phase?

- What specific roles do local and transnational ties have in migration and mobility decisions, social support provision, identity formation, or transnational behaviors?

- How can social networks help to visualize the concept of transnational social fields, or related concepts? 

- How are transnational care relations configured? 

- How do social networks change over the migration trajectory?

- What is the role of migration regimes in the formation and evolution of social networks?

- What are the specific challenges of social network analysis in migration research in terms of methods or ethics?

Miranda Jessica Lubbers
Associate Professor (Profesora Agregada), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Director of the Research Group GRAFO (see

Building B - Faculty of Arts, Office B9-229
Autonomous University of Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona · Spain

+ 34 93 581 12 39 (teléfono) · + 34 93 586 83 23 (fax)

Latest publications:

Lubbers, M. J., Verdery, A., & Molina, J. L. (in press). Social networks and transnational social fields: A review of quantitative and mixed-methods approaches. International Migration Review.

Gallois, S., Lubbers, M. J., Duda, R., Hewlett, B., & Reyes, V. (in press). Social networks and knowledge acquisition strategies among Baka children, southeastern Cameroon. Human Nature, 29(4), 442–463 

Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., & Valenzuela, H. (2019). When networks speak volumes: Variation in the size of broader acquaintanceship networks. Social Networks59, 55-69.

Grau Rebollo, J., Escribano Castaño, P., Valenzuela-Garcia, H., & Lubbers, M. J. (2019). Charities as symbolic families: Ethnographic evidence from Spain. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8(1), 25-41.

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