Call for Publications
Theme: Politics, Perils and Privileges
Subtitle: Immobilities in the Time of Global Pandemics
Publication: Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration
Date: Special Issue
When the COVID-19 global pandemic struck in early 2020, governments
around the world reacted by closing international and national state
borders, banning or restricting international and interstate travel,
and resorting to enforced lockdowns and curfews. The economic and
social impacts of these sudden restrictions in movements have been
devastating with the lived experiences of everyone impacted. The
employed became unemployed, industries whose entire business models
are dependent on human interactions such as tourism, hospitality and
entertainment collapsed, supply chains were disrupted, remote working
and studying became the norm, families were separated from each other
and professional and education opportunities were lost.
People around the world frustrated by the impact the pandemic has had
on them, and by the systemic and new inequalities that emerged,
voiced their anger through street protests and in the online space
with the pandemic fuelling both extreme right wing and left wing
fervour. The rapid move to the online space to conduct almost every
kind of human activity meant a complete reliance on the digital
resulting in new kinds of inequalities and challenges. The rise of
the digital in the time of forced immobilities has also created
completely new opportunities born out of necessity. While mobility
was once the life blood for human and individual necessity, progress
and advancement, immobility has shown itself to create perils and
privileges never really realised. For example, workers not required
to be ‘on site’ are able to set up home offices to work from home.
This special issue thus asks the questions:
- How has immobility affected the once mobile?
- What old and new inequalities have resulted as consequences of
restricted or banned human movements?
- What political movements are being created because of forced
- How have communities responded to forced immobility and to the once
- What are the impacts of immobility on migrants and migration?
- What are the relationships between the digital and immobility?
Abstracts (350 words) due:
30 September 2021
Full papers (8000 words) due:
31 December 2021
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