Plural memories about conflict and peace

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Call for Papers
November 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Social Sciences, Humanities

Call for papers "Plural memories about conflict and peace"

Special issue of the Revista Colombiana de Antropología (Icanh) and the Revista CS (Universidad Icesi)

Contributions should be sent to the following email address:


Call for papers will be open:

From November 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018

“(…) the effort to recall that offers the major opportunity to “remember forgetting” (…) Searching for a memory indeed attest to one of the major finalities of the act of remembering, namely struggling against forgetting, wresting a few scraps of memory from the “rapacity” of time (Agustín dixit), from “sinking” into oblivion (oubli).” Paul Ricoeur


In 2015, during the negotiation process in La Habana, the Government and the FARC agreed on the creation of a new Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims (CHCV), which had the purpose of helping the negotiating teams and, incidentally, to Colombian society, to better understand the origins, permanences and victims of the armed political conflict in the country.

Twelve scholars who have studied violence and peace in Colombia, eleven men and one woman, as well as the contributions of two rapporteurs, put their works, trajectories, and points of view on these three aspects into discussion. Of course, there were coincidences and disagreements in the essays, as it can be seen in the comparison and analysis made by the rapporteurs.

If the versions of scholars and protagonists of armed conflicts and peace actions in the country are diverse, what could we say about the memories, histories and narratives of the different and heterogeneous sectors that in Colombia, and in other parts of the world have experienced the hazards, horrors and orders linked to the wars work.

This joint issue of the Revista Colombiana de Antropología (Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia) and the Revista CS (Universidad Icesi), invites anthropologists, historians and researchers from social and human sciences, as well as activists and social organizations from Colombia and other countries of the world, to share with the reading public their studies, works and experiences with the memories of very diverse individuals, communities and sectors that have taken part in armed conflicts and in the midst of them have implemented proposals for coexistence, practices of resistance, resolution of tensions and differences and attempts to build peace in different territories and communities. Journals will receive articles on scientific research, reflection, review articles, as well as short articles, field reports and reviews. Other contributions relevant to this topic will also be welcomed.

Our issues summon memorial works that recognize that there are no unique explanations or univocal truths about conflicts and the search for peace. On the contrary, they recognize the diversity of experiences and narratives that serve as the basis for plural democratic and public debates. This presupposes the recognition of the multiple exercises of power as well as of individual, collective and institutional traumas and resiliences in contexts of daily experiences of violence.

This call for papers is part of the efforts of awareness, pedagogy, communication and research on memories in Colombia, undertaken by alliances between universities, scholars and local and national communities with the National Center for Historical Memory. It responds to the academic interest for the historical clarification of the facts related to the internal armed conflict, at a critical moment for reflection, construction and strengthening of democracy and peace in the country.

Rules for the submission of manuscripts

We receive unpublished and original contributions in the area of social sciences and humanities (anthropology, sociology, political science, history, etc.) that are framed within the following typology:

1)      Research Article: document presenting detailed and clear original results of research projects. 

2)      Reflection article: A document that presents the results of a completed research, which reflects the author’s analytical, interpretative, or critical perspective with regards to a specific topic and referencing original sources. 

3)      Review article. A document that results from a completed research, which offers analysis, discussion, and compilation of results of published or unpublished research in our research field for the purpose of reporting on the progress and latest development trends. It is characterized by incorporating a thorough bibliographic review.

4)      Short article. A brief document that presents the preliminary or partial original results of a research work.

5)      Case report. A document, which presents the results of a study of a specific situation in order to make known technical and methodological experiences considered in a specific case. It includes a systematic review with comments on available literature regarding similar cases. 

6)      Book Reviews: Reviews must be critical and deal books that are relevant to the discipline of social and human sciences. 

During the first semester of 2019, a CS issue (number 27) and a RCA issue (number 55-2) will be published, dedicated to the theme of this call for papers. The editorial teams of both journals will decide which of the approved articles will be published in each volume. This decision will derive from an internal process of the journals and will be unobjectionable by the authors.

Contributions should be sent to  After submitted, the journals understand that the author accepts the editorial policy and commit to respect the observations made by peer reviewers, and by the editorial teams.  It is essential to fulfill this requirement to continue with the evaluation process.

Upon completion of the evaluation process, the author must authorize in writing its publication in the corresponding journal, both in print and electronic version, which, in accordance with national and international standards, constitutes an original creation owned by the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History or of the Icesi University, as the case may be. Upon approval of the article for publication, the editorial team of the respective journal will submit a contract for the transfer of the author's proprietary rights, which must be sent signed to Icanh or to Icesi University.
Manuscripts submitted for consideration by this call must meet the following standards:

1. Original

-The text (in Word format) must be scanned in Times New Roman, 12-point font size, double spaced, on letter size paper 21.5 x 28 cm, with left and right margins of 2.5 cm and top and bottom margins of 3 cm. 

-The articles must have an extension between 25 and 30 pages, including citations, footnotes, tables, figure captions and bibliographic references. All pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the first one.

-The first page should include: the title of the article, the abstract (not exceeding 125 words) and keywords (maximum 4) all in Spanish and English. The manuscript submitted for consideration by the journal should be completely anonymous and must not present evidence that allow evaluators to detect the author. 

-The author 's name, e - mail, institutional affiliation and a brief note on the studies carried out (maximum 3 lines) should be sent in a separate document. 

2. Graphic material

If maps, illustrations, photographs, pictures or any image in the document are included, a digital file of each one of them should be sent in TIFF or JPG format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) and a size of 16.5 cm by 23.5 cm. The graphics resulting from statistical data or measurements must be submitted only in Excel files format, and all text displayed on them should be editable. The source of where each image, graphic or map comes from should be clearly indicated. If the images are not produced by themselves or for public use, the management and payment of copyright must be managed and assumed by the author of the article.

3. Footnotes and quotations

Footnotes will be used to comment, complement or deepen important information in the text. They should not be bibliographic notes and should not exceed ten lines. Quotations of more than four lines or that should be highlighted will be written in a separate paragraph, indented on the left. Those that are included within the text, will be enclosed in quotation marks. Bibliographic citations will be made within the text,, according to the manual of style of the University of Chicago (The Chicago Manual of Style), 16th edition (it can be found on the webpage They will include the author's surname, the year, and if necessary, the number or numbers of the pages, as follows: (Rodriguez 1978, 424-427). If the quoted text has two authors, surnames are separated with the word and: (Lopez and Arango 1970, 33); If a document written by three authors is cited, the three surnames are written: (Sanchez, Martinez and Ortiz 2015); if there are four or more authors, the surname of the first one is written followed by et al. (Pinzon et al. 1993). If there are more than two works by the same author and the same year, letters in alphabetical order are added to the year, starting with: (Diaz 1998a, 1998b). If in the same parentheses works by several authors are cited, they must be organized in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons (Lopez and Arango 1970; Rodriguez 1978; Uribe et al. 1997).

4. References

References are restricted to those works cited in the manuscript. They should be included at the end of all works, in strict alphabetical order and in accordance with the standards of the manual of style of the University of Chicago. If the work has DOI, that number must be included. Below are some examples.


Aisenson, Aida. 1989. Corporality and person. Mexico: Economic Culture Fund.
Bonfil, Guillermo, comp. 1976a. Ethnocide and development in Latin America. Mexico: Flacso.

__. 1976b. Deep Mexico. Mexico, D.F.: Grijalbo.
Colombia , Ministry of the Interior. 1998. Current situation of Colombian indigenous people. Bogota: Ministry of Interior. 

Gifford, Douglas and Pauline Hogarth. 1976. Carnival and Coca Leaf: Some Traditions of the Peruvian Quechua Ayllu. New York: St. Martin's Press.
Lévinas, Emmanuel. 1994. God, death and time, 2nd ed. Madrid: Cátedra.

Matienzo, John de. 1567/1967. Government of Peru. Lima: Institut Français d'Etudes Andines.
Meneses, Lino and Gladys Gordones, eds. 2001. The Venezuelan archeology in the new millennium. Merida: University of the Andes.

Sanoja, Mario César Bencomo and Tomás Aguila. 1996. The microhistory of the lower Caroni. Final report. Ciudad Guayana: Edelca. 

Uribe, Carlos, Jimena Rojas, Alberto Cuenca, Patricia Sevilla, Óscar Quintero, Andrés Hernández, Cecilia Salgar, Teresa Loayza and René Cuestas. 2008 Research project for the route of the Marimba. Cali Valle Foundation.

Chapters and book sections

Ranere, Anthony y Richard Cooke. 1996. “Stone Tools and Cultural Boundaries in Prehistoric Panamá: An Initial Assessment”. In Paths to Central America Prehistory, edited by Fred Lange, 49-78. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.

Chaumeil, Jean-Pierre. 1991. "The vegetal power". In rituals and celebrations of the Americas, edited by Elizabeth Reichel, 246-253. Bogotá: University of Los Andes.

Articles from journals and periodicals

Bjorkdale, Annika y Kristine Hoglund. 2013. “Precarious peacebuilding: Friction in Global-Local Encounters”. Peacebuilding 1 (3): 289-299. DOI: 10.1080/21647259.2013.813170.

Le Mouël, Jacques. 1997. " Effectiveness is fair." Journal of Economics 16 (26): 107-129. 

Mahecha, Dany and Carlos Franky. 1997. "The Maku of the Northwest Amazon." Colombian Journal of Anthropology 35: 85-133.

O´Neill, Molly. 1998. “Food”. New York Times Magazine, October 18, p. 8.

Mora, Ana Sabrina. 2009. "researcher body, researched body. A phenomenological approach to the puerperium experience". Colombian Journal of Anthropology 45 (1). In press. 

Papers presented at academic events

Gonzalez, Omar. 2004. "linguistic relations between the original Andean languages and those of the lowlands (Arawak languages ​​and other families)". Paper presented at the Colloquium on Pre-Hispanic Relations in the Andean Region, Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, May 4-6.

Theses and degree works

Hardy, Ellen. 1992. “The Mortuary Behavior of Guanacaste-Nicoya: An Analysis of Precolumbian Social Structure”. PhD thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles. 

Valerio, Wilson. 1987. "Functional and stratigraphic analysis of Sf-9 (Carabali), a rocky shelter in the central region of Panama". Bachelor thesis, School of Social Sciences, University of Costa Rica, San Jose. 

Electronic sources

Oxfam International. 2011. "International Treaty on Arms Trade: Questions and Answers". Accessed October 30, 2011.

Poston, Ted. 2010. "Foundationalism". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed July 2, 2011.
Moreno Leguizamón, Carlos. 2006. "Health-disease and body-mind in Ayurvedic medicine in India and in contemporary biomedicine". Antipode 3: 91-121. Accessed November 3, 2010.

Palacios, Marco and Frank Safford. 2002. Colombia . Fragmented country, divided society: its  history . Bogotá: Norma. Retrieved March 11, 2008.,M1.


Evaluation process of contributions

The received contributions that are articles of investigation, reflection, revision, a short article or a report of case, are subject to a preliminary evaluation process by the editorial team of the journals; if this is favorable, the contribution is sent to national or international blind pairs with expertise in the subject.

1. Preliminary editorial evaluation by the editorial teams of the RCA and CS

requisitos de forma y de contenido mínimos, carácter inédito de la contribución, pertinencia del tema, bibliografía utilizada, claridad en la escritura y citación adecuada. Esta evaluación define si la contribución se desestima o si se admite y continúa el proceso de evaluación. En cualquier caso, la decisión se le comunicará al autor en un plazo no superior a los tres meses luego de haber sido recibida. Si el artículo continúa en evaluación, se le informará también al autor a qué revista ha sido destinado. A partir de este momento, el proceso editorial será autónomo de cada revista. Por lo tanto, una vez se le informe al autor el destino de su artículo, lo invitamos a consultar los procedimientos de evaluación de la respectiva revista.

The editorial teams of the journals initially assess the compliance with the publication standards, as well as the quality, originality and relevance of the contributions. These include: minimum form and content requirements, unpublished character of the contribution, relevance of the topic, bibliography, writing clarity, and proper citation. This evaluation defines if the contribution is rejected or accepted, and continues the evaluation process. In any case, the decision will be communicated to the author within a period not exceeding two months after receipt. If the article continues the evaluation process, the author will also be informed to which journal it has been assigned. From this moment, the editorial process will be independent of each journal. Therefore, once the author is informed of the destination of the article, we invite him/her to consult the evaluation procedures of the respective journal.

If you have any questions about this call, write to the following email: