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Cultural Cooperation under the Belt & Road Initiative

Call for Publications

Theme: Cultural Cooperation under the Belt & Road Initiative
Subtitle: On the Occasion of UNESCO's Celebration of 2021 as the Year
of Yunus Emre
Publication: Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ)
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 15.7.2021

Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) is currently seeking
submissions for a special issue on “Cultural Cooperation under the
Belt & Road Initiative: On the Occasion of UNESCO’s Celebration of
2021 as the Year of Yunus Emre”.

The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) seeks to develop a shared conception
of the world, particularly for Asian and Eurasian countries, which
would provide ample opportunities for the construction of strong and
solidaristic bridges between independent states and peoples. For
thousands of years, peoples living in the Global South have come to
create shared human values despite a long history of conflicts. This
being said, imperialism has been a major source of conflicts that
serve to undermine such values. One should acknowledge that
imperialism as a world-system is built on strong cultural dynamics,
and certainly, developing countries involved in the Belt & Road
Initiative face the cultural assaults of imperialism and struggle to
retain their cultural and intellectual heritage, while seeking to
strengthen cultural bonds of cooperation, solidarity, and trust
between peoples.

In this regard, Yunus Emre, whose historical relevance is
acknowledged by UNESCO celebrating 2021 as the Year of Yunus Emre,
appears as a strong symbol of the Asian Age. Yunus Emre’s work
emphasizes the universal aspects of different cultures and cultural
cooperation in the Eurasian region. His legacy, which can be
summarized in his dictum “looking at seventy-two different nations
with the same eye” and his agelong philosophy of “Come, let us all be
friends for once/ Let us make life easy on us/ Let us be lovers and
loved ones/ The earth shall be left to no one”, may serve as a
springboard for revealing shared values between different cultures of
the Global South, notably the strong bonds between the Islamic and
Turkish values and other civilizations such as the Russian, Persian,
Arabian, Chinese and Indian civilizations. UNESCO’s “Yunus Emre Year”
helps us to revive the shared values of the Global South around
tolerance, peace, friendship, and happiness without selfishness.

Based on the context depicted above, BRIQ calls for academic
articles, essays, and book reviews that address issues related to
cultural cooperation in the Global South:

- Cultural studies on bridging different cultures in a universal
 context for the success of political formations and developments in
 the countries of the BRI and other developing regions,
- Studies on opportunities for appreciating the shared understanding
 of humanity in different cultures (Turkish, Persian, Arabian,
 Russian, Chinese, Latin American etc.),
- Programmes to develop cooperation for stronger cultural solidarity
 and dialogue among the countries of the BRI,
- The importance of culture, arts, literature, and fine arts for
 global cooperation in the 21st century,
- Papers that address the potential of philosophy, including that of
 Yunus Emre, to help improve the cooperation of BRI countries and
 build a better human civilization.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: July 15, 2021

Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) is an open access scholarly
journal of international politics, economy, and culture. BRIQ
features a broad range of content, from academic articles to book
reviews, review essays, interviews, news reports, and feature


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