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Transnational Families: Generations, Differences, Solidarity / July 7-8, 2017, Cluj Napoca

Center for Population Studies, Babes-Bolyai University organizes

Transnational Families: Generations, Differences, Solidarity

Cluj Napoca, Centre for Population Studies

July 7-8, 2017

Conference Program
Friday, July 7th
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome Speech
Ioan Bolovan, Professor, Vice-Rector Babeș-Bolyai University, Director of the Centre for Population Studies
Mihaela Nedelcu, Associate Professor, Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
9:15-10:10 KEYNOTE: Transnational families in polymedia
Mirca MADIANOU, Reader at the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London
Chair: Mihaela Hărăguș, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
10:20 – 11:10 Section 1: The virtual and the imaginary in transnational families
Chair: Veronica Savu, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
The shifting topology of care in the net era: beyond domestic seclusion, the new virtual presences of live-in domestic workers within their families
Carlotta Monini, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, and University of Evora, Portugal
Older People, Transnational Families and Online Communication
Loredana Ivan, Communication Department, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:20 Section 2 Part 1: Transnational parenting and resources’ circulation within transnational families
Chair: Neda Deneva-Faje, Department of Sociology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
A life course perspective on parenting within transnational families of labor migrants from Poland and Romania in Sweden: the interplay between the institutional contexts and migrant parents’ strategies
Charlotte Melander, Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Sociology and Work Science Department, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
“Our Westerner”: The Role of Youth in Reconfiguring Transnational Families
Iulia Hossu, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Women family related migration challenges
Ana Maria Preoteasa, „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania
A Migration Project for All? Dynamics and Decision‐Making Processes in Transnational Families
Camelia Badea, Independent young researcher
13:20-15.45 Lunch
16:00-16:45 KEYNOTE: Mobile childhoods: rethinking children’s place in transnational families
Asuncion Fresnoza-FLOT, Radboud Excellence Initiative fellow, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Chair: Viorela Ducu, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
17:00 – 19:00 Section 3: Children in Transnational Families
Chair: Ionuț Földes, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
A longitudinal analysis of well-being of Ghanaian children in transnational families
Victor Cebotari, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Valentina Mazzucato, Department of Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Ernest Appiah, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana
Are Romanian Children left behind a vulnerable group to human trafficking?
Rafaela Hilario Pascoal, University of Palermo, Italy
Adina Nicoleta Erica Schwartz, West University of Timișoara, Romania
Romanian Children in Multiple Worlds
Viorela Ducu, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Impacts of intra-EU mobility on sending communities: health care and education systems in Romania and Slovakia in comparative approach
Mădălina Rogoz, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna, Austria
Caring from Afar: Transnational Motherhood among Filipina Domestic Workers in Canada
Rina Cohen, York University, Toronto, Canada
19:30 Conference Dinner

Saturday, July 8th
9:00-9:45 KEYNOTE: Practices of intimacy in transnational families: Care circulation and the re-appropriation of the tension between geographical distance and emotional proximity?
Laura MERLA, Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Louvain and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Families and Sexualities (CIRFASE ), Belgium
Chair: Mihaela Nedelcu, Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
10:00-10:50 Section 4 Part 1: Intergenerational networks of solidarity and the role of the elderly
Chair: Paul-Teodor Hărăguș, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Transnational Grandchildhood: Negotiating Intergenerational Grandchild – Grandparent Ties across Borders
Adéla Souralová, Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Transnational grandparenting and the role of the Zero generation within the transnational family configurations
Mihaela Nedelcu and Malika Wyss, Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
10:50-11:20 Coffee Break
11:20-12:10 Section 4 Part 2: Intergenerational networks of solidarity and the role of the elderly
Chair: Paul-Teodor Hărăguș, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
To Care or to Work: Intergenerational Kin Solidarities Split between Productive and Reproductive Labour in the Framework of EU Freedom of Movement
Neda Deneva-Faje, Department of Sociology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Elderly parents as a resource for their adult migrant children
Mihaela Hărăguș, Ionuț Földes, and Veronica Someșan, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
12:10-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:45 Section 5: Binational families: the challenges of researching multicultural families
Chair: Cristine Palaga, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Transnational migrants’ childcare strategies in Hungary: Chinese children in Hungarian homes
Kovács Nóra, Minority Studies Institute, Centre of Social Sciences, Hungary Academy of Sciences
Transnational visits – having guests from Poland, hospitality challenges for Polish migrants in Norway
Magdalena Żadkowska and Dorota Rancew-Sikora, University of Gdansk, Poland
On interviewing partners of mixed couples together: performance, meta-communication, and positionality
Rachele Bezzini, Department of Geography, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:40 Section 6: PhD students’ workshop
Chair: Iulia Hossu, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Exploring Transnational Entrepreneurship Among Transnational Albanian Migrant Families
Joniada Barjaba, University of Sussex, UK
Decolonizing transnational chains – Changing labor, care and family structures in current European agriculture
Tina Bopp, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland
Rethinking loneliness. A quantitative study about determinants of loneliness among older adults with at least one child working abroad
Veronica Someșan, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Intergenerational solidarity across borders: elderly parents left behind and children living abroad
Ionuț Földes, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
17:40 Closing word
“Lost in translation” – short anthropology film screening
Chair: Áron Telegdi-Csetri, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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