Call for Papers: Sinjar/Shingal, One Year On

6 08 2015

Theme: Sinjar/Shingal, one year on; Peacebuilding in Kurdistan amidst local and regional conflicts; Arab-Kurdish relations; Exploring Innovative, Diverse, and Inclusive Efforts in Peace and Human Security in Kurdistan. 

Guest Editors for the Peace and Justice Studies Association: Dr. Victoria Fontan, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, American University Duhok Kudistan; and Victoria Henckenlaible, Program Associate, Centre for Peace and Human Security, American University Duhok Kurdistan.

The Peace Studies Journal is an international interdisciplinary free online peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

In August 2014, the Sinjar/Shingal region of Iraq was stormed by the Islamic State group, which targeted its Ezidi population and displaced more than two million people. More than five thousand women and girls were enslaved and an equal number of civilians were killed. While at first scores of international NGOs flocked to Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, results are mixed one year on. In this special edition, edited by the Centre for Peace and Human Security at the American University Duhok Kurdistan, we seek contributions that examine the impact that the Sinjar/Shingal crisis has had on the region, its population, as well as the peace-building initiatives that have taken place. How can the disciplines of Peace and Human Security be informed by the Sinjar/Shingal crisis? What are the lessons learned and the opportunities for future crises? In this edition, we also wish to highlight the courageous work of local communities, educators, and activists seeking to live, teach, and make peace in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and beyond.

We invite original, unpublished articles, book and film reviews, as well as non-traditional formats (poetry, dialogues, and more). Every submitted article will be subject to anonymous peer review and recommendations. Additionally, we are seeking peer reviewers (available from October 1st, 2015) to evaluate and make recommendations about proposed contributions.

Possible topics linked to the theme include (but are not limited to):

  • How have international and local peace initiatives impacted the Ezidi and Kurdish population?
  • What has been the impact of the Sinjar/Shingal crisis regarding Arab-Kurdish relations?
  • How do regional powers fare in relation to peace and human security in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq?
  • What are the lessons learned from peace building after Sinjar/Shingal?
  • How does the international focus on sexual violence in Sinjar/Shingal impact its victims?
  • One year after Sinjar/Shingal, what is the way forward for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq?

Submissions of articles (2,000-10,000 words), film, book, art and other media reviews (maximum 3,000 words), interviews and dialogues (1,000-10,000 words), poems (less than 10,000 words) or other contributions should be submitted to Dr. Victoria Fontan at AND to Victoria Henckenlaible at later than October 1st, 2015.

Additional guidelines for submissions:

  • All submissions should have appropriate references and citations. Manuscripts should be single line spacing, 12-point font and conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) style format with no footnotes or endnotes.
  • Submissions must be sent in Microsoft Word format. Submissions in other software formats will not be reviewed.
  • Authors should remove all self-identification from their submissions, but all submissions must be accompanied by a title page with author(s) name and affiliation, name of type of submission (e.g., article, review, conference summary, etc.), contact information including e-mail, postal address, and phone number.
  • Authors must include an abstract of no more than 150 words that briefly describes the manuscript’s contents.

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