Call for Papers: Monarchy in Global Affairs

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Government and Public Service, Political Science

Monarchies in Contemporary Global Affairs

A Call for Papers

Monarchies have not disappeared from the realm of global affairs. At turns seen as anachronistic, decadent, or enlightened, monarchies can and do play a number of important roles in national, regional, and international politics. For example, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein of Jordan served as UN Commissioner of Human Rights and was instrumental in the creation of the ICC; the Gulf monarchies are pioneers in sustainable development and renewable energy; and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands actively promotes inclusive finance for development at the UN.

The aim of this project is to explore the variety of ways in which monarchies—and individual members of royal families— affect global affairs today.

As such the Monarchies in Contemporary Global Affairs project seeks contributions for inclusion in an edited volume to be published by an academic press.

Chapters may concentrate on any country, region, or time period from 1945 to present. Monarchy should be interpreted broadly, to include individual other members of royal families. The primary focus should be on the role or impact of the monarchy on foreign or international, as opposed to domestic, affairs.

Themes might include:

● Democratic/non-democratic politics

● Formal/informal roles

● Independent vs instrumental roles

● The role of monarchs as foreign policy actors/agents

● Royalty as ‘envoys’ for personal/niche initiatives/causes

● Using celebrity for impact

● Institutional and charismatic leadership

● Connection with extra-national/diaspora ethnic or religious groups

● Relationship with former colonies

● ‘Eternal’ or ‘mythical’ aspects of the monarchy

● Differences in roles across different fora

Proposed timeline:

● Submission of abstracts to editors: 1 June 2020

● Confirmation of participation from editors: 15 June 2020

● Distribution of draft chapters/Authors’ Workshop: early December 2020

● Submission of final chapters to editors: 10 January 2021

Abstracts: no longer than 300 words. In addition, please include a short bio (no more than 100 words) that notes your current affiliation.

Final chapters: no longer than 7,000 words, not including references.

Contact: Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to Christopher Ankersen ( and Sylvia Maier (

Contributions from graduate students, independent scholars, and early career researchers are particularly welcome.