Call for Papers: Translating Political Change: Mapping Justice Across Space and Time

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This is a call for paper proposals for a transdisciplinary book project on questions of (in)justice and the notion of social, political and cultural change in various geographic contexts and over time. In preparation of compiling the manuscript, we will hold a workshop to review project  contributions (chapter manuscripts) in Spring 2022 in conjunction with the annual convention of the International Studies Association (ISA). The workshop’s conceptual framework is grounded in foundational debates at the intersection of multiple fields—including international relations, human rights, political sociology and  transitional justice. It contextualizes questions of political change and justice across time and space, particularly important given contemporary sociopolitical global change and growing uncertainty in an increasingly interconnected world. While existing scholarship has often compartmentalized issues associated with injustice, political violence, and dealing with past wrongdoings -- notably by addressing agency, spatiality and temporality against the backdrop of homogeneous thematic clusters -- our research collaboration introduces a more dynamic concept of change. We advocate for a layered heuristic understanding of these processes. Drawing on Inés Valdez’s notion of “justice as a political craft,” we explore situated struggles for change and justice. Justice as a political craft, in this new framework, could be characterized as multilayered, fluid processes in which social actors negotiate justice across time and space.  In this context, injustices and efforts to cope with the former are contingent on context-specific conceptual and practical understandings of justice, which are grounded in particular experiences. Struggles for political change which are the focus of the workshop arise out of expanding, sometimes exploding,  transitional justice knowledge(s) through finding the claims to justice/injustice being made and received in different physical and symbolic spaces. 

Please submit your paper proposal abstract of 200 words by Friday, June 25, 2021 to either Lauren Balasco at or Arnaud Kurze at