Call for chapter proposals: "Statelessness and Governance" book project

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Political Science, Sociology, Diplomacy and International Relations

There is increasing recognition of the complexity of contemporary statelessness and its implications for policy and governance. There is also growing understanding of statelessness as an indicator of policy incoherence. Yet there has been limited systematic work about how the topic of statelessness functions in policy spaces. This book aims to fill that important gap. This edited volume will explore how statelessness affects (or is affected by) policy in local, national, regional, and global structures, as well as how civil society approaches statelessness within these spaces. It will build on the discussions in other recent books, including Bloom, Tonkiss, and Coles Understanding Statelessness (Routledge, 2017) and Van Waas and Khannas Solving Statelessness (Wolff, 2017).


Statelessness and Governance will be an interdisciplinary volume. Proposals are therefore welcomed from scholars in the disciplines of anthropology, development, economics, geography, law, philosophy, politics, sociology, and others. We also encourage proposals from academics, activists, independent researchers, international organisations, journalists, lawyers, stateless persons, and anyone with expertise in this area. Contributions will include a diverse range of geographic locations and perspectives. Chapters might consider:

  • How statelessness functions in advocacy or affects policy-development;
  • In what ways stateless persons are affected by a particular set of policies;
  • Examples of stateless persons who have affected policy change;
  • How statelessness is addressed in national, regional or international bodies, or international organisations;
  • How statelessness complicates major international and/or regional processes and debates, such as those relating to climate change, migration, gender, human rights or sustainable development;


Alternatively, chapters may well present issues not listed here.


The book will be published in English, but a limited number of proposals in French or Spanish (for chapters that will be translated into English) will be accepted. Authors who want to write a chapter in a fourth language and have it professionally translated (at their own cost) may submit the proposal in English with an explanatory note. The editors can support a small number of stateless persons or activists who will require writing support (but no funds are available). Please indicate this need in the proposal document. This project encourages collaboration, and those hoping to connect with a collaborator should contact the editors.


Proposals should be submitted no later than 30th April 2019. Please submit your proposal by email as a single Word document that includes: the title of the proposed chapter; authors full name as it will appear in the author list; abstract of 300-500 words explaining what the chapter will do and what it will add to the book as a whole; 50-100 word biographical note setting out your expertise in this area; and full contact information (e-mail, phone number, and postal address). Please also indicate whether you will attend the World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion in The Hague this summer (this will not affect decisions about chapter proposals). For proposals, write proposaland your surname in the subject line. For questions, write questionin the subject line. The account will be checked weekly.


Authors will receive notice of decisions in June 2019. For accepted proposals, first drafts (4,000-5,000 words) will be due by the end of September 2019. Authors will then be required to take part in our peer review process by reading and commenting on two other draft chapters during October and November 2019. The aim is to have a full book manuscript by January 2020. Throughout this time, the editors will make efforts to facilitate authors meetings, either in person or via Skype.


We look forward to hearing from you,


Lindsey Kingston and Tendayi Bloom (editors)

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