This panel explores the nexus between time and family in the context of migration and mobility. In particular, it is interested in how the complex times and temporalities of migration interplay with kin practices, feelings and meanings of family and intimate relationships.
In times of increasing social, political and ontological uncertainties, staying, moving and settling are not to be viewed as separate tempos of migration, but as interconnected, ambivalent and at times simultaneous temporal and spatial experiences of movement, rupture, and stasis, which shape, and are shaped by, the (re)making of family and intimate relationships. Extensive research in migration and mobility studies has been conducted with regard to the issues of family and time respectively, in particular on transnational families, family care, kinship practices and relatedness across transnational social fields, as well as on experiences of simultaneity, temporary mobilities, future-making and waiting-hood in migration, just to name a few. This panel brings to light the mutual relationship between time and family in the study of migration and mobility, and considers how the experiences of time and change, the temporal movement between past, present and future, and the imagination and the making of (im)mobile trajectories interplay with "kinning" (Baldassar 2017) practices, feelings and meanings of family, and intimate relationships. It explores whether and how conceptualizing time and family in tandem in the context of migration and mobility can help to better understand, and if necessary overcome, the different tempos of migration, as well as the dichotomy between mobility and immobility, movement and stasis, migrants and non-migrants, and different forms of mobility.