Call for Papers: Special Issue: Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan
Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30.2 Guest Editors: Yukari Ando, Amani El-Jack and James C. Simeon
This special issue of Refuge will examine and analyze the dynamics of forced displacement, especially gender, and explore the viability of a number of pragmatic solutions to the present humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. The appalling present circumstances in the two Sudans are based on a long history of protracted armed conflict following the independence of the Sudan from British rule on January 1, 1956. After the 2011 referendum and the creation of the new State of South Sudan, unresolved post-independence issues have led to escalating armed clashes between Sudan and South Sudan and increasing incidences of gender-based violence, particularly in the border regions in the Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, White Nile and Sennar states. Large numbers of women, men and children have been forcibly displaced as a result of these clashes. Reputable human rights observers have reported that severe human rights violations and breaches have taken place in these two countries.
We invite submissions to address a range of questions such as:
- How do the complex inter-related environmental, economic, social, cultural and political factors impact on the present humanitarian crises that are producing large numbers of forcibly displaced persons? And, how does this conflict-induced displacement impact on power relations along gender, ethnic, religious, language, cultural lines, and with geographic location?
- How does the nature of these humanitarian crises impact on the humanitarian organizations that are trying to provide protection and the necessities of life to the women, men and children who are internally displaced or seeking asylum in bordering countries?
- What are the best strategies for ending armed conflict in the two Sudans?
Given the environmental and gendered impacts of the protracted instability and human insecurity, what are the most promising ways forward for building sustainable peace, communities and livelihoods?
- What are the most effective capacity building and enhancing measures that ought to be undertaken to strengthen and to develop further public sector institutions to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for those most in need?
- What have been the impacts of and challenges to the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for South Sudan?
Successful submissions may come from a wide range of disciplines and conceptual and theoretical backgrounds. They may also consider and explore viable pragmatic solutions over the medium- and long-term.
Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Refuge adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.
Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2013
All papers must be submitted online (http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions), via the Refuge website.
For further information, please contact:
Christina Clark-Kazak, Editor-in-Chief, or Nausheen Quayyum, Managing Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3