CfP – Minorities in a post-pandemic world

Deadline: 15th of March 2022

The Etnosfera Journal welcomes contributions concerning the state of minorities in the context of the pandemic, as well as the problems they face from an identity, social, economic, cultural, religious, linguistic, etc. perspective.

In the last two years, the world changed completely. In addition to the consequences that emerge from this pandemic climate, one must take into account the variety of factors that are affecting different groups’ vulnerability to coronavirus with sometimes devastating results, not only from a sanitary perspective, but also socially and economically. For instance, in several majority-white countries such as America, but also in several countries where the white population is a minority such as South Africa, people that belong to other ethnic and racial groups have less access to economic resources (no access to well paid jobs or even lack of access to enough food in the household), an issue which often translates to poorer health outcomes. In other European countries such as Italy, Romania, Serbia etc, due to instated lockdowns or severe restrictions regarding the access to public institutions (such as hospitals or city halls) and blocked medical care, the mortality and unemployment statistics sky rocketed. Also, from psychological, social and cultural points of view, people suffered a reduction of socialization opportunities, moments of relaxation and culturalization. Normally, all of these could have diminished the effects generated by the increased sentiment of fear that took hold of the human society, as well as of the fatigue resulted from the ubiquity of the COVID-19 discussion in public. The disturbance of the physical social networks, the establishment of a feeling of loneliness, the refuge people found in the virtual environment, all led to alarming situations of depression among those who belonged to active identity groups before the pandemic hit.

We invite both young and experienced scholars (social sciences or other fields) to submit their papers before March 15th 2022 at office@etnosfera.ro along with a short description of the author (name, affiliation, research interests, contact details).

The articles must respect the technical editing and citation conditions provided in the Author guidelines section.

Selected papers will be published in the Etnosfera Journal no. 1/2022 that will be available both in print (under the aegis of the Romanian Academy Publishing House) and electronic form on the Journal’s website.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Our Journal was recently included in the CEOOL database, and is under review by several others at the time being.

 

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CfP – Diaspora and historical communities between integration and affirmation. Heritage, identity and migration

Deadline: 15th of March 2021

Etnosfera Journal welcomes contributions concerning the diaspora issue and its rapport with related subjects such as heritage, identity and migration.

The ethnic, religious and linguistic communities, after leaving the national borders of their home countries, find themselves obliged to oscillate between integration and affirmation in the destination states. The same choices stand before the historical communities that are autochthones but live outside their national borders. Is the collective identity still a social imaginary and an ‘authorised’ discourse strong enough to define the new global flows of people, ideas and technologies (Appadurai, 1996)? Are the perceptions of heritage changing and the collective identities being re-negotiated in the new changing world or, on the contrary, there is an active and affective expression of individual and community senses of self (Robertson, 2012)? Is the expression of one’s heritage powerful enough (such as Arendt sustained in 1958) that it can still gather strangers together, mobilizing both semblance and difference in order to confront the complexities and uncertainties of human life in diverse communities (Simon & Ashley, 2010)? Are minority groups still interested to negotiate and represent their own (sub)cultural difference but also articulate their relationship to the collective polity in their home/place/nation? Does the ‘outsider’ perspective (in terms of ethnic, racial, religious, linguistic and other (sub)cultural groups) continue to be an ongoing reality in a world dominated by the multicultural discourse, globalization mechanisms and unprecedented migration? Here are some questions to which we invite you to provide an answer, through case studies with a solid theoretical framework and interpreted data targeting your communities of interest.

We invite both young and experienced scholars (social sciences or other fields) to submit their papers before March 15th 2021 at office@etnosfera.ro along with a short description of the author (name, affiliation, research interests, contact details).

The articles must respect the technical editing and citation conditions provided in the Author guidelines section.

Selected papers will be published in the Etnosfera Journal no. 1/2021 that will be available both in print (under the aegis of the Romanian Academy Publishing House) and electronic form (www.etnosfera.ro).

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

References:

Appadurai, Arjun (1996) Modernity at large: Cultural dimensions of globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Lynch, Bernadette T. and Alberti, Samuel J. M. M. (2010) ‘Legacies of Prejudice: Racism, Co-Production and Radical Trust in the Museum,’ Museum Management and Curatorship, 25(1): 13- 35

Robertson, Iain J.M. (2012) ‘Introduction.’ In Heritage from Below, edited by Iain Robertson, London: Ashgate

Simon, Roger I. and Susan Ashley (2010) ‘Heritage and practices of public formation,’ International Journal of Heritage Studies, 16 (4-5): 247- 254