Recent transnational migration scholarship on ‘second generation returns’ has shown that young people engage in their own transnational activities through travels to a ‘homeland’ and that these experiences shape their identities and sense of belonging. Young people have distinct mobilities, views and experiences with respect to adults and shape their own transnational realities. Yet second generation returns literature is mainly based on recollections by adults of their own youth, focus on relocation to a ‘home’ country, and produce single monolithic accounts of young people’s relationship to a homeland.

We invite contributions that investigate the mobility of young people between their country of residence and a ‘homeland’ located in an African country to which they draw their roots. This can include African youth located in different parts of the world, from North and South America, to Europe and Asia, as well as youth who move between African countries. We are particularly interested in contributions that investigate youth mobility in real time, as it happens, and/or throughout the life-course from a youth-centric perspective in order to develop new ways of investigating the effects of mobility on young people’s lives. Contributions can be in-depth ethnographic studies or larger-scale comparative investigations in both countries of origin and countries of residence. We would like specific reflection on the methodologies for capturing youth mobilities diachronically: in real time and as they evolve over the life course.

Please submit your paper proposals to: [email protected] and include a 200-word abstract and names, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation by March 26, 2021.