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Call for Papers: Migratory Crises and Political Conceptions of Human Movement

11/26/2015
Columbia Internacional
Department of Political Sciences, School of Social Sciences
University of the Andes
 
Colombia Internacional invites the academic community to participate in its next call for articles. This special issue aims to contribute to the academic debate on Migratory Crises and Political Conceptions of Human Movement, coordinated by Prof. Ángela Iranzo (Universidad de los Andes).
 
Article submission period: 12 January - 29 February 2016.
 
Globalization has driven an ontological transformation of the world as a space of life, by facilitating a new human and social experience of space and time. Thus, there suddenly arises in the collective imaginary the idea of a social world that is smaller and more connected, interdependent and dynamic due to the fluid movement of ideas, values, products, persons …, and, therefore, freer. Nonetheless, in recent decades, the mobility of human beings has frequently been interpreted as a matter of “migratory crises;” the people involved are refugees, undocumented immigrants and victims of processes of human trafficking that threaten the social and political order on both the national and international level. In the contemporary global world, everything seems to flow freely, with the exception of human beings.
 
The solution to this tragedy of migratory crises consists of three basic actions: promoting the existence of good governments within the states of origin, guaranteeing the fulfillment of human rights by the governments and populations of the destination states, and efficiently organizing public policies for “orderly migration” at the transnational level. Nevertheless, these solutions do not seem to respond, in epistemological and politico-legal terms, to the transformation of the world, as the space of life, driven by globalization. On the contrary, they tend to reproduce the modern conception of political spatiality as a place (territorialized and demarcated) and of a human being as an emplaced subject. Within these parameters of discussion, human displacement is considered a political anomaly and an action that takes place outside of the human norm itself. For all of the above reasons, this issue of Colombia Internacional magazine extends an invitation to promote reflection on the mobility of persons, from different perspectives that will make it possible to chart alternative frameworks for discussing the tension between state-centrism and human rights.
 
For this purpose, Columbia Internacional invites you to present academic articles that explore the following central themes on the basis of theory and empirical evidence:
 
  1. Spatial conceptions of the political: place and movement. From an approach to movement as a “non-place,” to the comprehension of movement as a “political place” and a “legal place.”
  2. Re-readings of the human being of Human Rights as fixed and em-placed. Spatial experiences in constituting the notion of the human being. Limitations and possible reformulations of international Human Rights law with respect to the transnational mobility of persons.
  3. Historical formulations of the freedom of movement of persons and groups. Historical and culturally diverse developments of the idea of freedom of movement of human groups.
  4. Post-national citizenship proposals. Expressions of human agency and of political agency beyond the modern state and/or complementary to this manifestation linked to modern territorial statehood.
 
Colombia Internacional also publishes reviews, bibliographic essays or brief research documents with a critical approach to the issues specific to the subject in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
 
Columbia Internacional also accepts articles of general interest for other sections of the magazine. During the submission period, you will be able to submit manuscripts via the link on the electronic version of the magazine, or send them directly to the following email address: colombiainternacional@uniandes.edu.co.
 
You may check the editorial guidelines and presentation criteria for articles on the magazine website: http://colombiainternacional.uniandes.edu.co.
 
Instructions for authors are available here
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