Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Transnational Migrants and the Dynamics of Kinship and Marriage

New Barriers, New Assemblages

20Dec2017 10:00 - 17:00


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

10.00: Opening and welcome: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS

Keynote lecture:

Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh:

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

My 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

11.15:  coffee/tea break

11.30–12.45: Session 1

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana:

  • Becoming an African wife; becoming a wife in Ghana


Sébastien Chauvin, University of Lausanne:

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

Discussant: Hein de Haas, University of Amsterdam

13.00-14.00: Lunch break

14.15 – 15.30: Session 2

Amisah Bakuri and Rachel Spronk, University of Amsterdam:

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


Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam:

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

Discussant: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS

15.30-15.45: coffee/tea break

15.45 -17.00: Session 3

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo:

  • Making the nation visible from the peripheries


Apostolos Andrikopoulos, University of Amsterdam:

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

Discussant: Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam/NIAS

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



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:

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