Transnational Families: Europe and the World" --Special Issue of *Genealogy*

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Call for Papers
January 10, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

Interest in imperial and transnational history has grown exponentially in the last twenty years, but globalization and its relationship to the family remains understudied. Marrying and having children across lines of nationality, race, and empire led to complications for the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, wider kin and the state.

This special issue of Genealogy will center on the experience of bi- or multi-national families in modern European history (1850-present) by focusing on issues of citizenship, race, and empire. Populations were increasingly mobile in the modern period. Wherever people moved, they met partners, fell in love, married, and had children. How states dealt with this variety differed greatly, since citizenship was not a fixed quality but one that varied by gender, class, and race. Modern European governments wished to support family ties (e.g., to promote population growth) while at the same time narrowing the parameters of citizenship. Thus, mixed-nationality families were both challenging to authorities and faced with challenges themselves in a nationalistic age.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: transnational marriage and divorce; married women's denationalization; transnational adoption; war, family and citizenship; migration and the family; religious differences across borders; cultural representations of dual-nationality couples and their children; alienage and statelessness; LBGTQ famlies across national borders.

An abstract of 250 words is due January 10, 2020, and should be sent to Dr. Ginger Frost, editor, special issue, at

The full article (6,000-10,000 words) should be submitted to the journal's webside by July 18, 2020, where a the normal review by two outside reviewers will occur. Publication is normally 6-8 weeks after the final draft submission.

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Contact Info: 

Ginger Frost, Department of History, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 35229

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