Political Science News - Call for Papers

Politics and Governance

Five Years beyond the Arab Spring: Political Transformations and Prospects of Democratization in the Middle East
Vol. 4
No. 6
Published by: Cogitatio Press
Application Deadline: 31 July, 2016

The journal of "Politics and Governance" announces call for papers for a special issue.

Title: Five Years beyond the Arab Spring: Political Transformations and Prospects of Democratization in the Middle East

Editors: Christian Haerpfer (President of the WVSA, University of Vienna, Austria) and Kseniya Kizilova (Secretary of WVSA, Institute for Comparative Survey Research, Vienna, Austria)

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 July 2016
Deadline for Submissions: 30 September 2016
Publication of the Issue: December 2016

Information: The aim of the issue is to analyse different perspectives on the changes that took place in the countries of Middle East and North Africa in the last five years from different theoretical and disciplinary traditions. In the focus of our attention are also different elements of politics and political culture which have been affected by the Arab Spring, in particular, elections and party system, conventional and unconventional political participation, social capital and civic activity, support of social and political institutions, changes in social and socio-ethnic structure of the society. Implications of Arab Spring for the geopolitical development of the MENA region as well as its influence on development of other states beyond that also constitute the focus of research interest of this issue.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to the academic editors (c.w.haerpfer@gmail.com and ksenniya.kizilova@gmail.com) by 30 July 2016.

Authors shall also check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional memberships can be found in the "About" webpage.

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World Values Survey Association

Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation

Territories, Borders and the New Geography
Vol. 2016
No. 3
Published by: Globus et Locus
Application Deadline: 31 August, 2016

The process of globalisation prompts a rethinking of the operation of the world and a problematisation of the modern concepts of “continent”, “border”, “state” and “city”. Indeed, in the global world, flows of people, capital and information move through deterritorialised networks that change the meaning of ideas of proximity and distance.

These migrations exert pressure on the epistemological postulate of modernity – the immobility of the subject – and on its geopolitical consequence – the nation state as territorially confined, delimited and, therefore, univocally representable. Furthermore, the planet seems to remove itself from any possible reduction to being a mere surface: the map, cartography, no longer succeeds in representing a territory in all its ramifications, connections and stratifications.

We seem to be observing the end of space, understood as geometrical extension, measurable and traversable starting from a defined centre. Today, rather, the proliferation of centres and their hybrid nature are contrasted with the isomorphism and homogeneity that have characterised the geography of the territory and the nation state in the modern age. Moreover, crisis of space also means crisis of time and its passage and crisis of scales for its representation. There seem to be two fundamental issues that must be tackled, therefore.

On one hand, the need for a new geography to be developed starting from the concepts of “place” and “network”, instead of “space” and “time”: a “spherical”, no longer cartographic geography, capable of investigating the labyrinthine character of the planet, both on the surface of “localised” places and in the interaction of these with the immaterial flows and global and deterritorialised networks that traverse them.

On the other, an analysis of the consequences that the “crisis of space” produces in the territories and in the subjects that inhabit them. In fact, the contemporary manifestations of these new relationships between local and global, between the location and its multiple forms of belonging to planetary networks are many and complex.

(This issue is scheduled to appear at end-October 2016).