The Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D publishes Special Issues that focus on a specific area of research that has broad appeal and falls within the aims and scope of the journal.
Special Issues provide an excellent opportunity to review a topic, examine previously unaddressed aspects of it, propose and develop new approaches, exchange perspectives and encourage new lines of research.
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In the past few years, the world has witnessed an alarming growing refugee crisis. According to Amnesty International, in 2013 more than 50 million people around the globe were forced to leave their homes in Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan and other places where conflicts have reached their peak. More specifically, Syria may be the most exporting country of refugees since 2011. More than half of Syria’s population is now displaced nearly all over the world. Statistics reveal that four million women, men and children have fled the country and are refugees, making this one of the biggest refugee crises in history. The vast majority - 95% - are living in the countries neighboring Syria including Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
In fact, many Europeans are now worried more than ever that the reception of hundreds and thousands of refugees –who come from the Middle East particularly –threatens the security of their nations. This fear, many observers contend, often lead to xenophobic attitudes from natives that lead in turn to terrorist attacks by those who are excluded. This exclusion has placed refugees and even immigrants –Arabs and Muslims in particular –in a marginal zone where they are dislocated from a global human race and represented as a threat to humanity. In this respect, researchers in the humanities note that the racial discrimination against refugees as a minority –especially when they are Arabs and Muslims–in international media and in world politics–has led to falsified and perverted characterizations of these human beings as bloody religious fanatics endangering world peace. Refugees, consequently, are being de-humanized, in-humanized and zombified for the simple fact that they are broadly perceived as a threat. Recent terrorist attacks in European cities have increased the phobia against refugees. They have also undermined the idea of a shared humanity.
We look for contributions for a special issue of Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies that attempt to understand, reflect upon and decipher the current global refugees crisis. More specifically, we seek original research papers, books reviews and interviews that may fall within one or more of the themes below:
-The refugees crisis as postcolonial
-The refugees crisis as a dehumanization of a minority
-The future of global humanism
-Criticizing/Praising Europe for hosting refugees who are ethnically and religiously different from White Christian Euope.
Papers and a short/abbreviated curriculum vitae should be sent to:
Lead Guest Editor:
Call for papers Special Issue :
Theory and Practice: how Islam Alters the Modern World
February 10, 2017.
Submission via e-mail:
Lead Guest Editor:
Jaan S. Islam: Department member of Political Science at Dalhousie University, Research associate at Emertec Research and Development.
Number of original research articles: 8-12
Guest editorial board :
Professor Christopher Cutting, Acadia University, Wolfville.;
Professor Saad Dabbous, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Evie Tastsoglou, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Barry Grossman, International Law Jurist, Baali (Indonesia).
Audience: Academics in the studies of Religion (Islam and comparative religion), Sociology (migration and culture), Political Science (foreign policy), and Cultural Studies.
The civil war in Syria and turmoil in other majority-Muslim countries have both put an immense amount of pressure on nearly all countries and global institutions of the world, to reconsider outdated security, foreign, and refugee policy. Along with such crises, theoretical concerns have expounded the minds of social scientists around the world. The conservative-liberal divide has led to pushes for extremes on both sides—the question of how culture and religion interact has come to the forefront of mainstream sociological thinking. The study of the nature of Islam as a religion, and religious identity, is a key question concerning policy-makers and individual researchers amid talk of the “clash of civilizations”. This special issue hopes to examine the relationship between Islam and cultures, behavioral norms, and migration, in order to inform both theoretical knowledge and political policy over the coming years.
Aims and Scope
The issue analyzes the relationship how cultures, behavioral norms, and how migration are affected by theoretical understandings of Islam. Whether or not cultures can coexist, the cause(s) of terrorism, whether religio-national identity can change and adapt, are key questions that this issue will analyze. The scope looks at the interactions between different types of peoples (as a product of migration) through a theoretical lens. In other words, the issue primarily concentrates on how practical and theoretical understandings of Islam affec the world we live in today. Both theoretical and practical issues surrounding the nature of Islam are of concern. The study of Islam in practice will help understand socio-political phenomena in the modern world, and may determine future governmental policy. The study of Islam in theory helps understand whether or not Islam in practice is conducive to the former. Furthermore, the journal will include discussion on the existence of several cultures in the same location, i.e., specifically, the positive or negative nature of coexistence between Islam and other religions. The question of whether or not Islam—in theory or in practice—encourages violence (or conversely coexistence and tolerance), is of utmost concern to national priorities and people across the globe. Naturally, other forms of behavioural norms can be incorporated into studies, such as can culture, history, and the concept of ‘identity’. For example, the relationship between religion, degree of religiosity, and other forms of identity, may be able to predict or understand actions of coexisting societies.
This special issue is of great interest to academia in the suggested fields of study, having it published as soon as possible will make it more receptive to more academic interaction. That is; Islam, terrorism, migration, and cultural analysis is of utmost concern to policy-makers, philosophers of culture and politics, and of course, to sociologists.
Special Issue Proposals
Selection of Special Issues will be made in consultation with the co-editors, based on the elements presented below. During the evaluation process, The Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D editorial team may ask experts in the area of the Special Issue topic to give their opinions on the proposal.
Special Issue proposals must contain the following elements:
Name and affiliation of proposed Guest Editors
Short CV of proposed Guest Editors, including a list of major publications and editorial experience
Call for Papers for the Special Issue. This Call for Papers must include:
A provisional title of the Special Issue
Justification for dedicating an entire issue of Organization Studies to this Special Issue topic: what is its broad appeal and what are its projected theoretical, practical and policy implications for the field?
The Special Issue's objective
The Special Issue's scope, including potential themes to be addressed in the Special Issue
Examples of questions that would meet the objective of the Special Issue (for examples of previous Calls for Papers, please refer to past issues of the journal)
Potential Guest Editors should list any other Special Issues or special sections that they are aware of that have been published, or will be published, by other journals and which are devoted to the proposed or a closely related topic. In such cases, potential Guest Editors should show how their proposed Special Issue is unique and innovative in comparison, and explain how it will add to existing literatures.
A plan explaining how the call for papers will be advertised (web sites, distribution lists, conferences, associations, etc.). Potential Guest Editors should be aware of the requirement that Special Issues must be truly open to any researcher working on the addressed topic. This requirement means that Special Issues cannot be restricted to researchers participating in specific workshops, symposia or small group meetings.
Potential Guest Editors should make an effort to attract contributors from around the world. This will help enhance the Special Issue content by providing a variety of perspectives. Potential Guest Editors are therefore asked to explain in their proposal how they plan to attract researchers internationally.