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05 January 2024

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05 June 2024

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Marina Levina, University of Memphis
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Editor-Elect Dr. Marina Levina invites submissions for the inaugural issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies on the topic of “Refuge.”
As a refugee scholar, I have long observed the ways in which refugee experience and identity have been subsumed under the categories of international, immigrant, and transnational. In academia, and beyond, there is very little attention paid to the important distinction in the experiences between those who can go home and those who cannot. The dialectic tension between refuge and home is especially important as more and more of the world’s population is becoming displaced due to war, poverty, and climate change. Those displacements are always the results of violence, be it colonialist, racist, or capitalist. Therefore, to become a refugee is to learn intimately the precarity of one’s existence and the material effects of displacement. Seeking refuge is an exercise of constant negotiations between how of much of yourself to abandon to be granted “home.” At the same time, the concept of refuge allows us to consider how, even within the United States, increasingly more people are displaced due to politics of racism, transphobia, health inequities, and poverty. As CCCS enters its second decade, it is essential to theorize refuge – together with displacement, home, and sanctuary – to further intersectional and interdisciplinary critical cultural inquiry into issues of power, identity, and bodies.
The issue will be inclusive of different theorizations and modalities of refuge, while still centering refugee experience. The journal issue will consist of full-length articles that theorize refuge from a diversity of perspectives and actively engage with dialectical tensions between refuge and home; displacement and belonging; colonialism and resistance; sanctuary and violence. Successful submissions will go beyond the polemic to provide a detailed theorization and analysis of refuge and its related forms.
Scholarship may include but not be limited to:
• Autoethnographies of refugee experiences
• Media representation of refugees
• Theorization of “home” and seeking “home”
• Political, social and economic constructions and critiques of sanctuaries
• Border violence and refugee experiences
• The categorization of bodies as sanctuary-worthy
• Theorizing refugee vs. migrant populations
• Imperial and colonial violence and resistive refugee experience
• Refuge and Border Rhetorics
• Indigenous experiences of home and refuge
• Trans bodies and seeking refuge from anti-trans policies
• Climate change and climate refugees
• Material effects of refuge on bodies and identities
• Histories of refugee experiences
• Black bodies and seeking refuge from Anti-Blackness
• Border rhetorics and the politics of refuge
• Surveillance of refugee bodies
• Engagement with current imperialist and colonial violence that centers refugee bodies and identities (e.g. Russian invasion of Ukraine; Israel-Hamas war and the subsequent Palestinian refugee crisis; bombings and other acts of violence against refugee camps; current global displacements of refugees, etc).

Submission Instructions

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines:
Please submit a 500-1000 word extended abstract to Dr. Marina Levina ([email protected]) by January 5th, 2024. The abstract should clearly outline the proposed topic; provide a concise statement of theoretical contribution to the issue; and explain how the article will theorize and analyze refuge. Please include a separate author’s bio and a list of relevant publications/conference presentations. Please include “CCCS Refuge” in the subject line of all correspondence and submissions.
You will be notified by February 5th, 2024 if your proposal has been selected to move forward in the special issue. Please note that this is not a guarantee of publication – in keeping with the CCCS practices, all full-length articles will undergo rigorous anonymous peer review
The full-length articles will be due June 5th, 2024 Depending on the number of proposals accepted, the article length will be between 7,000-9,000 words and will be determined by the editor upon review of the proposals. The full-length articles will follow CCCS journal guidelines for submission.
I welcome inquiries and questions prior to extended abstract submission. Please feel free to email Dr. Marina Levina at [email protected].
Please include “CCCS Refuge” in the subject line of all correspondence and submission

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