Call for Papers: Grassroots Responses to Mass Migration in Europe
Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) invites original research papers for its thematic issue on Grassroots Responses to Mass Migration in Europe (edited by Sabine Hess, Antonio De Lauri, Carna Brkovic).
The 2010s witnessed important shifts in grassroots responses to mass-migration in (Eastern) Europe and beyond. Janus-faced, they included a wide range of practices, from humanitarian and solidarian to xenophobic and hateful. Various self-organized groups gained new visibility in this period: informal paramilitary units who hunt people on the move; radical solidary activists who hope for borderless societies; religious volunteers who follow their moral obligations; humanitarian helpers who work towards liberal visions of integration; and so on. These self-organized groups raise questions about the multiplicity of responses to mass-migration and their understanding in various theoretical contexts.
“Grassroots responses to mass-migration in Europe,” the forthcoming special issue of Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (Intersections. EEJSP), aims to capture the recent resurgence of research interest in grassroots engagement with mass-migration. The latter has been inspired on the one hand by the scholarship on humanitarianism and solidarity, and on the other by far-right mobilization and paramilitaries, as well as European border regimes. What remains with us five years after the upheaval in Europe in 2015? What kind of subject positions, practices, imaginations, knowledges, and political dynamics have developed in the past decade in relationship to mass mobility? What did the emergence of the humanitarian hotspot system in the Mediterranean – and the closure of the Balkan Route in 2016 – produce in terms of infrastructures and acts of aid and solidarity? How do grassroots forms of aid and solidarity relate to the growing perception of xenophobia and securitization across Europe? What is the relationship between the grassroots responses and state policies? How can we think about solidarity and activism on transnational scales? How can we understand new-old forms of violence directed against people on the move and their helpers?
The special issue aims to continue the discussion opened up in the 2016 special issue of Intersections. EEJSP entitled “Global Migration Crisis and Europe.” It also represents a continuation of some of the conversations that were held during the kickoff workshop for the EASA “Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network,” particularly those that fit within the scope of the journal.
We welcome papers that explore landscapes of grassroots responses to mass-migration throughout Europe and beyond. We encourage submissions from socio-cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, political science, migration studies, history and geography, and particularly from scholars from Southern and Eastern Europe. Papers should combine novel empirical material with sound theory.
We invite scholars to submit an abstract of no more than 600 words including a short bio (100 words) and the description of the main question(s) and finding(s) of the paper along with the methodology applied, by 6 April, 2020 through our online submission system. The deadline for submitting the final papers is 15 July, 2020. We expect to make paper selections by 30 April. The issue is scheduled for publishing in 2021.
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Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region. The Journal is indexed by CEEOL, ERIH, Google Scholar, and Scopus. It has been ranked Q2 (for 2018) by ScimagoJR.