CFP: Transnational Death, an edited volume

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CFP: Transnational Death, an edited volume

Editors:  Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Samira Saramo, and Hanna Snellman

Publisher:  Finnish Literature Society (SKS), Studia Fennica Ethnologia series (the final publishing decision will be made after the review process)

When people move and migrate, at some point families face the loss of their loved ones. Death in the transnational migrant context raises questions of distance and distinct traditions:  What kinds of options for burial and commemoration rituals exist in different places and cultures? How are such practices shaped by time and place? Where and how do people themselves wish to be buried, and how do burial choices speak to identifications with home? Is it important for relatives to be present at funerals and to be able to visit graves? How can transnationalism be viewed through deaths occurring at war or peacekeeping in distant frontiers? How are funerals and mourning rituals arranged in unusual circumstances when people are on the move, such as during the current refugee crisis? How has death and mourning been narrated by migrants, and how do these narrations speak to transnationalism and identity?

This volume addresses the practices and representations of transnational death. It welcomes articles based on ethnographic and historical studies of transcultural mourning and commemorative practices in migrant families, communities, and transnational cemeteries, with a broad geographic lens. Abstracts (300 words) and a short bio can be sent to by February 29, 2016.


Article abstract submission deadline:  February 29, 2016

Notification of article acceptance:  March 30, 2016

Submission of article (approximately 7000-8000 words):  September 30, 2016

Articles returned with Editors’ comments:  January 30, 2017

Deadline for final articles:  May 30, 2017

Peer Review:  Summer 2017  

Revisions and Editorial work:  Autumn and Winter 2017-2018

Publication: Spring-Summer 2018

(apologies for cross listing)