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Manuscript deadline
30 June 2022

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Journal of Contemporary European Studies

Special Issue Editor(s)

Professor Martin Bull, University of Salford
[email protected]

Professor Christian Kaunert, University of South Wales
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Professor Sarah Leonard, University of the West of England Bristol
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Associate Professor Jane Suiter, Dublin City University Ireland
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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Europe

For a Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies (JCES), we invite proposals for papers that analyse the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and the European Union from perspectives relevant to the social sciences and humanities, including interdisciplinary approaches. These perspectives may include origins/causes, development/spread, responses, impact/effects in relation to government, politics, the economy, society, integration and international ramifications.

The current pandemic crisis is not the first time that a disease has become a security threat for the world. But the range, scale and impact of COVID-19, as well as the difficulties governments have experienced in countering it, are unprecedented. This special issue aims to analyse a range of perspectives on Covid-19. With its interdisciplinary approach to the study of European politics and societies, the Journal of Contemporary European Studies is an ideal venue for such an endeavour.

We particularly welcome contributions which address European responses to COVID-19 using theories, concepts and frameworks that are embedded within the discipline of European Studies. Possible areas for empirical analysis are identified below, but we would welcome proposals that seek to examine any aspect of governmental or societal responses to COVID-19 in Europe or the European Union, as well as any impact of the pandemic, either in individual member states (or at least two to three EU countries compared), or via comparative analysis/multi-country illustrations.

We welcome comparative European approaches and also particularly encourage an analysis of the EU level responses to this crisis. Potential themes include but are not limited to:

  • European pandemic preparedness and responses to the potential threat of COVID-19;
  • European contingency planning based on prior experience (SARS, MERS, Ebola) and strategic approaches;
  • Historical comparisons in Europe of analogous pandemics;
  • The construction of COVID-19 as a health security challenge addressing the transboundary nature of the threat and spill-over effects across policy areas;
  • European crisis conditions and decision making;
  • European policy tools for COVID-19 crisis management;
  • European policy implementation;
  • European narratives and the use of hybrid warfare during the COVID-19 crisis; war narratives, identity narratives, and narratives of belonging;
  • European policy measures compared across countries;
  • European institutions and governance;
  • European leadership e.g. leadership personality types and behaviour;
  • Sociological and cultural implications and impact of the pandemic and lockdowns;
  • Impact on the economy and implications for the political economy of European states;
  • Communicational aspects particularly relating to responses to disinformation challenges

The primary (although not necessarily exclusive) empirical focus of all contributions should be on one or more European cases. Comparative analyses are particularly welcome as are papers that extend beyond the traditional analytical focus of studies, for instance by looking at trans- or sub-national cases. Finally, to maximize the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed research agenda, contributions are encouraged from a wide range of academic fields, including European studies/Area Studies, political science, international relations, international history, history of pandemics/medical history, political sociology, social anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.

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Submission Instructions

Composition of the special issue

The total length of the special issue will be up to roughly 82,000 words. Within this space, we foresee the inclusion of one introductory article (written by the editors) in the region of 6,000 words plus a set of articles of approximately 7,000 – 8,000 words each.

Proposed timeline

  • Submission of paper proposals: 30 April 2021
  • Selection of paper proposals: on an ongoing basis, but no later than 30 June 2020
  • Submission of papers: 30 June 2022

Paper proposals (maximum 250 words) should be sent to one of the following Guest Editors:

Martin Bull: [email protected]

Jane Suiter: [email protected]

Christian Kaunert: [email protected]

Sarah Leonard: [email protected]

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