CFP: The European Refugee Controversy: Civil Solidarity, Cultural Imaginaries and Political Change (Journal: Social Inclusion)

Volume 7, Issue 2

Title: The European Refugee Controversy: Civil Solidarity, Cultural Imaginaries and Political Change

Editors: Gert Verschraegen (University of Antwerp, Belgium) and Robin Vandevoordt (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 October 2018
Submission of Full Papers: 10 to 15 January 2019
Publication of the Issue: May/June 2019

Information: In the summer of 2015 a wave of solidarity washed across the European continent as 1.3 million refugees arrived. While many empirical studies have emerged exploring how European countries and citizens momentarily reacted to the arrival of refugees, this thematic issue wants to analyse whether the arrival of refugees and the subsequent rise of civil support initiatives has also resulted in more structural cultural and political changes. Using Sydney Tarrow’s metaphor, the main objective of this issue is to explore whether the recent upsurge of solidarity has merely been a wave, forcefully hitting the shore before vanishing back into the sea, or whether it has actually caused institutional changes to the coral reefs underneath?

We expect authors of this issue to engage with questions such as:
– Has the arrival of refugees and the subsequent rise of solidarity inspired new cosmopolitan imaginaries, or reversely, fed into a stronger proliferation of nationalist ideas?
– To what extent have civil initiatives turned volunteers into activists, raising their political awareness in asylum and migration?
– Have new civil initiatives changed the ecology of professional civil society, including social care organisations and governmental welfare arrangements?
– Have these initiatives and the rise of asylum applications brought about a more fundamental shift in national or European asylum, migration and/or integration policies?

We welcome both contributions focusing on change and inertia in a specific European country, but also comparative studies or work that takes a pan-European approach.

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 journal’s editorial office ( by 30 October 2018.

Journal: Social Inclusion is a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the Web of Science
(ESCI) and Scopus (2017 CiteScore: 0.97).

Open Access: The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.


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