Since I started my administrative post as head of the Department of Political Science, I’ve had less time to write for this blog and to write in general. Despite these time constraints, there is good news: Manuela Boatcă from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and I are coediting a Special Issue for FORUM, a journal published at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Here’s the call and send your manuscripts in English or Spanish.
“Migration: Old and new patterns, old and new discourses”
Deadline for articles: 3 June 2019
Invited Editors: Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) y Manuela Boatcă (Albert- Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg)
Currently, there are more than 65 million persons who do not live in their country of origin. Most of them have had to move because of conflict, violence, persecution, economic collapse and political crisis, climate change and natural disasters. This high number of migrants and/or displaced persons have led some understand this situation as a global migration crisis. At the same time, this moment of largest displacement and migration on the planet has led to global policies that aim at restricting the movement of persons –for instance, South-North and South-South movement, creating obstacles in obtaining asylum, or penalizing the movement of persons with the emergence of detention centers and the massive deportation of men, women, and minors. Moreover, the massive movement of persons on the planet has led to the emergence of xenophobic attitudes, racist politics and discourses as well as attitudes against migration and immigrants. In many countries, migration has become a platform for many right and far-right groups and political parties (e.g. political campaigns in the USA, Great Britain, West and Eastern Europe as well as Latin America) which advocate for more movement restriction.
In this special edition, we invite original contributions in the social sciences that explore the long duration of migrations in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the colonial legacy of the patterns and the discourses and politics of intraregional and transregional migration. Possible areas include, but are not limited to:
- Long duration of migration patterns since the colonial period.
- Anti-migration sentiments, racism, and geopolitics from a historical and global perspective.
- Long duration of discourses of exclusion towards migrants in Latin American and the Caribbean migrating towards Europe, U.S.A. or within Latin America.
- Gender and race in global migration.
- The use of migration in political campaigns and right and far-right political parties and groups.
- Reasons for displacement or movement from the country of origin.
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