Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies

Transnational Migrants and the Dynamics of Kinship and Marriage

New Barriers, New Assemblages

20Dec2017 10:00 - 17:00

Workshop

Workshop as a sequel to Apostolos Andrikopoulos’ Ph.D. Defense (Argonauts of West Africa) on 19 December 2017.

Keynote Lecture

Imagining and Living New Worlds: The Dynamics of Kinship in Contexts of Mobility and Migration

  • Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh

This lecture considers kinship in the contexts of movement and migration. Anthropologists have tended to consider kinship as inherently stable, a conservative repository of precepts and practices. But to what extent is this vision the foreclosed outcome of our own analytical models? Taking inspiration from Apostolos Andrikopoulos’s thesis, I use movement and migration as a prism to highlight how kinship provides a uniquely dynamic reservoir of resources to creatively imagine and put into practice ideas and visions that enable moving to and living in new worlds – both geographically distant and near at hand.

  • Discussant: Hein de Haas, University of Amsterdam

Session 1

Becoming an African Wife; becoming a wife in Ghana

  • Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana

When Class Matters:  Law, Mobility and Inequality in the Lives of Binational Same-Sex Couples

  • Sébastien Chauvin, University of Lausanne
  • Discussant: Hein de Haas, University of Amsterdam

Session 2

“Staying healthy and looking sexy”: sports, sexuality and well-being in the Ghanaian and Somali Diaspora

  • Amisah Bakuri and Rachel Spronk, University of Amsterdam

“La famille africaine est grande” - Mobility and the Elasticity of Kinship Terms, Examples from Cameroon

  • Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam
  • Discussant: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS

Session 3

Making the nation visible from the peripheries

  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

Inequality and subversion in the marriages of African men to women from Europe’s periphery

  • Apostolos Andrikopoulos, University of Amsterdam
  • Discussant: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS

Programme

  • 10:00 | Opening and welcome: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS
  • Keynote lecture: Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh
  • 11:15 | Coffee/tea break
  • 11:30-12:45 | Session 1
  • 13:00 -14:00 | Lunch break
  • 14:15-15:30 | Session 2
  • 15:30-15:45 | Coffee/tea break
  • 15:45-17:00 | Session 3

With the support of: AISSR Program Group Political Sociology and AISSR Program Group Globalizing Culture 

Registration

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required due to limited number of seats. To register, please send an email to: L.Wiersma@uva.nl

REC B.5.12 (anthropology common room)

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    Building B: +31 (0)20 525 5340 | Building C: +31 (0)20 525 5470

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