ARC Seminar: Francesca Decimo

Thursday, November 3, 2022

4:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

The Place of Families: Reframing Transnationalism and Reproduction in Times of Fortified Borders

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Francesca Decimo

The purpose of my presentation is to reframe how family reproduction and transnationalism are conceived in migration studies, drawing on a qualitative analysis I conducted among Moroccan households in Italy. In particular, my investigation aims to rethink the role migrant families are deemed to play in contemporary mobility, focusing on household closeness and reproduction understood as interwoven claims that work both as a drive and goal of migrants’ trajectories. Reconstructing how marriages, births and childrearing are interwoven with Moroccan migration, I suggest an expanded understanding of family transnationalism, arguing that it configures not only relationships maintained at a distance, but also proximity relationships and the process of emplacement. In so doing, the article outlines various research leads on household geographies and the role played by migrant families and generations in times of fortified borders as well as stratified reproduction and its visible and invisible boundaries.

Francesca Decimo is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Trento (Italy), where she teaches Migration Studies, Ethnicity & Diversity, and Urban Studies. Her research interests are mainly on issues of family migration, reproduction, and nationality, with a specific focus on the interrelation of mobility with life course events as marriage and births. She’s author of the book Quando emigrano le donne, and co-editor of the volume Boundaries within: Nation, kinship and identity among migrants and minorities. She also published articles on international journals like Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration.

This is a hybrid event. Participants may choose to attend in person at the Graduate Center, room 5318, or online via Zoom. Please register here to receive Zoom connection details.