Intimate Migrations is a three-day conference
held at Roskilde University and at the Danish Institute for International Studies
The conference offers a unique opportunity to discuss new and classic themes related
to transnational migration and intimacy across social,
cultural and political contexts. Intimate migrations may involve all forms of mobility motivated
by or implying sexual and emotional intimacy,
spanning what has been coined marriage migration, sex work migration, queer migration, sex
tourism as well as mobilities involving
transactional sex and love. Discussions evolving around sexual economies, global care chains,
politics of affect and migration industries
have disrupted previous analytical frameworks, tending to separate money and sex, intimacy
and power, love and labor. Such discussions
have opened for a range of new approaches, which address how global power relations, policies
and economic flows intersect with gender,
sexuality and race across boundaries. The conference will address how intimacies shape transnational
migration and vice versa and
attempt to create frameworks for understanding how intimate migrations are motivated, encouraged
and regulated in a disparate world.
Format and costs: The first day of the conference
will focus on the connection between
migration and marriage, kinship and policy. The
second day focuses on the connection between migration and sex work, desire, exploitation
and regulations of intimacy. The first two days
of the conference are held at Roskilde University and the third day will consist of presentations
by invited scholars at the Danish Institute of
International Studies. A range of interesting and outstanding scholars will attend the conference
as keynote speakers and plenary session
participants (see participants).
Keynote speeches and plenary sessions held in the morning are open to the public
while thematic workshops held in the afternoon are
closed and will have a limited number of participants (around 25 in a total of 4-5 workshops).
Selected workshop participants must cover
their own travel expenses and accommodation. The organizers will cover meals and coffee
during the conference. There is no participation
If you wish to attend the conference but do not submit a paper or participate in a workshop
please register via this link:
http://reg.ruc.dk/migrations2013/. If this does not work write an email
with your name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome abstracts addressing one or more of these
The connection between transnational migration and
marriage, sex work, tourism or transactional sex.
The moral economy of kinship, gender and sexuality in transnational migration,
including the role of remittances and social
Policy regulations of marriage migrations and family reunification as well as
regulations of sex work migration and human
We invite contributions that are based on empirical research, either with a specific
case or synthesizing across cases. Theoretical extensions
from empirical accounts are particularly welcome.
Abstracts (1 page) and additional information must be
submitted to Christian Groes-Green
We expect to receive more submissions than can be accommodated at the workshop.
A selection will be made on the basis of quality and
relevance of abstracts, and participants will be asked to submit a full paper. All papers
will be circulated in advance.
Deadline for submission of abstracts
Notification of acceptance decisions
Deadline for submission of papers
Arrival in Copenhagen
Conference at Roskilde University
Public event at Danish Institute for International Studies