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Call for Papers “Researching Conflict”

Please forward this call for papers for “Researching Conflict” a special section of ACME or issue of another major geographical journal to interested scholars.

***Call For Papers Researching Conflict***
Research on geographies of conflict is inherently messy and difficult, muddled with power relations, riddled with foggy recollections, and often enabled with the help of “fixers” with a stake in the conflict. Recognizing this, we invite papers that explore what it means to ‘do research in violent settings’ in a variety of geographic contexts. We especially welcome papers which recognize the inability of the researcher to be objectively separate from the conflict, and consider instead how research as well as the researcher are implicated and embedded in the violent conditions being studied. While this special issue builds on existing methodological texts of fieldwork in conflict zones, it contributes to wider geographic debates from post-colonial, feminist, and political ecology perspectives. Perspectives that emphasize the explicitly normative and unequal positions of researchers in the field in relation to their subjects and settings of investigation. Specifically, we hope that the special issue will provide guidance on research in violent spaces beyond what traditional methodological texts provide and critically interrogate violence as done to and done through the research process itself.

This special issue seeks to present the experiences of scholars working from a range of different fields and spanning experiences across the globe. We are interested in balancing contributions from established as well as emerging scholars. In addition to traditionally structured research manuscripts, this special issue will include interventions and creative works. We encourage interested scholars to consider a wide playing field for these creative submissions. We especially welcome pieces which extend beyond the boundaries of traditional printed page such as interactive works of art, technology, video, and sound.

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please submit an abstract of no more than 450 words by 31 August 2016. In addition, we encourage authors to include a few keywords that capture the central themes of the intended paper. An example (not
intended to be used as parameters or limits to possible entries) of keywords is provided in the attached word cloud. Abstract submissions should be made via e-mail to researchingconflict@gmail.com. Please include in the subject line “Researching Conflict”. Accepted authors will be notified by mid-September 2016 and provided a detailed timeline for submission and publication as well as other potential opportunities connected to the special issue.

Editors: Ann Laudati (UC Berkeley), Stephen Aldrich (Indiana University), and Arthur Gill Green (University of British Columbia).

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Photo credit: By MONUSCO Photos – Aerial view Lusenda Burundi refugee camp., CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46293939