Call for papers: Covid-19, states and societies

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Call for Papers
October 29, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Political Science, Social Sciences

After publishing the Covid-19, States and Societies Series online in 2020, with fascinating submissions from 14 countries, the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), Johannesburg, now seeks academic papers (7000 words) to be published as a book by a university press in Johannesburg. Under the original call, we gathered preliminary insights into how states have interacted with populations in their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: while the pandemic represents an ‘extraordinary’ period, we aim to begin to understand its structural and systematic impacts in different countries, and what countries’ experiences of the pandemic tell us about the nature of state-society relations. This book aims to stimulate discussion about the spectrum of pandemic responses by states and the respective populations’ reactions to those responses.

The new call is open to all, including those who submitted articles towards the original online series. If you are interested in publishing a chapter (a revised version of last year’s paper or a new one), please send us an abstract (approx. 1000 words). If you have already submitted a paper in the last call, we invite you to submit a revised version of the paper, more in line with academic writing style and with any updates that you might find relevant, especially in relation to the second and third waves, vaccine rollout and any major political changes.

  • Deadline for abstracts: July 9 2021
  • Feedback accepted abstract: August 9 2021
  • Deadline for papers: October 29 2021
  • Peer Review process and final acceptance: January 31 2022

PARI is a Johannesburg-based research institute founded in May 2010 and affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Dr Federica Duca: 

Sarah Meny-Gibert:

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