Call for Papers: Unknown stories of intermediaries in women’s migration: men, women and non-binary people

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Call for Papers
April 11, 2022 to June 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social Sciences


This will be a special issue in the Journal of International Migration and Integration.


Please submit abstracts ASAP. The first draft of articles is due ~July 15th. 

Guest Editors

Alexandra Yingst (University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland) Stellamarina Donato (LUMSA University, Rome, Italy)

Brief Introduction

Recent scholarship has promoted gender equality in the field of female migration. Although generally seeking to record stories on the experiences of migrant women, scholars are also working to uncover the lesser-known stories of men, women, and non-binary people who played a part in the migration of women. This special issue aims to record the forgotten stories of people who positively or negatively impacted female migration. Stories are about organizations, social networks, individuals, and more.

This will be an edited collection of stories that show how everyone, no matter what gender they identify as, plays a role and is involved in female migration. Stories are about people both past and present.

Following Donna Gabaccia’s work on gender in migration studies, we want to stress the importance of including literature on gender studies in this special issue. This issue will present
a strong theoretical focus with innovative research methods from multiple disciplines across
the humanities, social, and political sciences. An example of such literature would be the work of social theorists like Butler and Fraser, and historians like Scott, who focused on gender as a subjective process and not a determinant natural factor. Gender identification is a crucial point to consider when addressing unknown stories of migrant women because it challenges the vulnerability paradigm that has populated the debate for decades (Reysoo & Verschuur, 2004; Grotti et al., 2018) and therefore goes beyond the complementarity between men and women as the status quo (Andaya, 2007; Grami, 2018) and limited male-female comparisons (Donato et al., 2006; Erdal & Pawlak, 2018). In this regard, this special issue considers women’s migration and gender equality (O'Neil et al., 2016) as two issues that should always coexist and aims at stressing their ties throughout the articles.


In this special issue, we will show how all genders (not only women) have importantly been involved in female migration. By studying their social networks and resources that assisted the migration process, we also aim to challenge the widespread belief that migrant women are always vulnerable. Finally, we will challenge the effect of gender constructs found in migration studies (i.e. how migrant issues are often dichotomized).

We also plan to bring together researchers from different disciplines who have a story to tell about the intermediaries, men, women and non-binary identifying people, who directly impacted the personal experiences of migrant women. Each article will refer to those specific themes that are often related to women’s migration, such as stigma, vulnerability, determinism, and double standard. Therefore, we are collecting contributions that have the following elements:

a)  Present a lesser-known story of an intermediary who assisted in the migration of women.

b)  Briefly introduce the background of this person/group.

c)  Describe how this person/group positively or negatively changed the position of

female migrants.

d)  Clearly specify how the unknown story of the intermediary provides new insights to

women’s migration studies.

e)  Follow a bottom-up approach to storytelling, from the specific story to the theory.

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Alexandra Yingst

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