Call for papers for a session on “Migrants and their Networks”

at the XXXIII. Sunbelt Conference, May 21-26, 2013 University of Hamburg, Germany

Migrants crossing nation state borders usually are often faced with significant changes with regard to their social networks. While they often maintain ties to their area of origin they also establish new relationships in the receiving context. Both of these networks can act as opportunities or constraints for individual or collective action in various ways, and they may precipitate further migratory movements in the form of chain migration. In this session we want to explore how migrant networks emerge, evolve over time, and what effects they have on a variety of pertinent issues. Possible venues for approaching this topic may deal with questions about how social relations change during the process of migration, the relative importance of intra- and interethnic networks for various forms of integration, and the ways in which social relations can be put to use in order to overcome some of the economic, social and emotional hardships that migration may entail. Submissions from any discipline and methodological background are welcome.

Submission will be closing on December 31 at 11:59:59 EST. Please limit your abstract to 250 words.
Proceed to abstract submission:
When submitting your abstract, please select “Migrants and their Networks” as session title in the drop down box on the submission site. To be extra sure please put a note in the “additional notes” box on the abstract submission form that states Boris Heizmann as the session organizer.
For further information on the venue and conference registration see

Dr. Boris Heizmann
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insb. Soziologie des sozialen Wandels
Fachbereich Sozialökonomie
Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
Universität Hamburg
Welckerstraße 8
Raum 2.11
D-20354 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 40 42838-8638