Call for Papers – Special Issue

Title: Global Conflicts, Wars, and Crises: Voices from the Margins
Editors: Tuija Parikka & Sejal Singh
Deadline for Submissions: December 1, 2018
Publication of the Special Issue:  Spring 2019


Conflicts, wars, and crisis have been viewed by many scholars as an integral part of human existence and communication. Yet researchers have pointed out that contemporary global conflicts, wars, and crisis have challenged the common perception of wars as disruptions between periods of peace. The vast majority of armed conflicts today are not fought by nation states and their armies but rather informal entities, such as gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. Women and other minorities are becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Simultaneously, women are emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and forging new international laws governing conflict; thereby reframing our understanding of peace and modern warfare.

There is an urgent call for investigations and explanations beyond war-peace binaries to ponder competing ideologies, power relations, meaning-making and social dynamic at large in the realm of the transnational public sphere.  At the dilution of many of the traditional boundaries, this multidisciplinary special issue seeks to specifically, but not exclusively, pay attention to the voices from the margins – subaltern voices perhaps rarely articulated in the global arenas, yet profoundly affected by practices and cultures of warring.
Instructions: Interested contributors are asked to submit articles (max 8000 words), to the editors (, by Dec 1, 2018. All papers are subjected to peer-review and submission does not guarantee publication. 


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