Family Dynamics in a Changing Context

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Call for Papers
November 8, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities

Randrana, a Journal of Anglophone Studies is an open access peer-reviewed annual journal. It supports multidisciplinary explorations of the English language and Anglophone literatures and cultures. Randrana publishes papers in English, French and Malagasy concerned with an array of issues in the Anglophone arts and humanities. Papers from young scholars and/ or those which adopt a comparative approach are particularly encouraged.

For its inaugural issue, Randrana, a Journal of Anglophone Studies invites submissions on the theme “Family Dynamics in a Changing Context”.

Across cultures and histories, family is arguably the most enduring institution in the world. Families have tended to be understood as the foundation stone of communities. Conceptualizations of family normally focus on the relationship between a parent and a child, a traditional family structure consisting of a husband, wife, and children. However, contemporary family structures around the world are characterized by a growing diversity. They may include spouses or partners with heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or non-binary gender identities; and with or without children. ‘Modern’ families can also encompass a single parent, extended, or blended structures. Family members may or may not be biologically-related. In short, notions of family are increasingly complex, and must be understood within numerous interdependent layers, including each individual family member, dyadic relationships, broader family functioning, and according to the culture in which they live (Rasbash, Jenkins, O'Connor, Tackett, & Reiss, 2011).


With the development of technology, changing cultural norms, new priorities, and new forms of communication, the relevance of the family has been increasingly questioned. Not every new development in family dynamics may be viewed as positive, nor has every social change had a negative influence on the family. Family life may be seen to have improved for many around the world. (For example, in terms of living conditions for children, women, standards in health care, and in education.) At the same time, family units continue to face serious threats due to numerous external and internal factors.


No matter how much the definition of family has evolved and how endangered it may be nowadays, its importance as a concept surely remains. Contemporary researchers find that people believe families matter more than ever. Family cohesion, ‘the emotional bonding that family members have toward one another’ (Giddens), can promote key elements contributing to wider social cohesion, etc. Contributing to contemporary debates on the family is thus essential in order to come to grips with the way it is constructed and represented in different contexts—as well as with the challenges and opportunities surrounding the idea of family.


The aim of this issue is to showcase a series of articles which engage with the theme of “Family Dynamics in a Changing Context” in challenging and diverse ways. We invite proposals in English, French and Malagasy that apply cross-disciplinary, cross-national and comparative methods.


Topics may include but are not limited to the following:


- Parenthood: childbearing, childrearing and the changing nature of parenting

- Childlessness

- Fertility/ infertility and medically assisted procreation

- Motherhood and surrogacy

- Fatherhood and masculinity crisis

- Pets and family life

- Teenage parenting and human rights

- Family roles and education

- Family dynamics and technology



To be considered for publication, please submit the following by 15 December 2019


- 250-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter


- Contact information - name, email address, and institutional affiliation



Please entitle your email “Abstract: First name, Last name”


Selected authors will be notified by 15 January 2020 and will be required to submit a 2500- 5,000 word paper by 30 June 2020.


Queries may be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at

Board of editors:



Linda GRAY

Billy HEAD





Expected publication: October 2020.