Law in the Everyday Lives of Transnational Families: Socio-legal Perspectives
International migration results in the increased occurance of "transnational families", whose members are either separated by migration or (re)united geographically but maintain personal ties with other countries. To understand this phenomenon, this course provides a comprehensive examination of the relationships between transnational families and the law using socio-legal perspectives. It pays attention to the gender dimension of such relationships and to the intersectionality of stratifying factors such as social class, national belonging and ethnicity.
The course is organised around three themes: epistemological and methodological foundations of the research on transnational families; migration-related laws and policies; and the encounters of transnational families with the law. Under the first theme, the course explains the key terms and concepts used in migration-related policies and in transnational family studies. It will also provide an overview of how the field of transnational family studies has developed and the varied analytical approaches that scholars are using. It also offers background knowledge of the data-gathering methods employed in the field. Under the second theme, the course analyses migration-related policies, which affect the interaction dynamics between migrants and their family members as well as between these individuals and the state. It notably covers policies concerning family formation and reunification, (ir)regular migration, migrant integration, citizenship, and social security. The geographical focus is Europe and major migrant-sending and receiving countries in other regions of the world. Finally, under the third theme, the course presents case studies illustrating how transnational family members experience the law, which highlights the impact of state policies on their lives and the strategies they adopt to navigate them.
To attain its objective, the course comprises interactive lectures by invited migration and socio-legal scholars, case studies, a presentation of a short documentary film, discussions, and student presentations. At the end of the course, students will be equipped with in-depth knowledge about laws and policies forming transnational families and structuring their lives. Such knowledge will be useful not only in the academic and research world, but also in the field of social work and migrant advocacy. The course therefore caters to both students and professionals.
After this course you are able to:
- Define transnational family-related terms and concepts
- Identify specific laws and policies affecting transnational families in Europe and beyond
- Explain the different research methods and transnational approaches used in the study of transnational families
- Discuss the relationships between laws/policies and the transnational families navigating them
For whom is this course designed
The course welcomes postgraduate students (Masters and PhDs) and postdoctoral researchers from different disciplines such as law, sociology, anthropology, and family studies. It also targets professionals from the public and private sectors as well NGOs working with migrants and/or their families.
Participants should have at least a bachelor-level degree and possess prior knowledge and/or experience in one of the following areas: law, migration and the family.
- Motivation letter (state clearly the reasons behind your application as well as your target objectives or the competencies that you wish to gain by attending this course)
Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August 2017 (one week)
Prof. Betty de Hart
Associate professor Faculty of Law
Dr. Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot
Radboud Excellence Initiative Research Fellow
The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.
€ 495 early bird discount - deadline 1 April 2017 (10%)
€ 468 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 413 early bird + partner discount (25%)
Number of EC
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