CFP special issue on Intermediaries and Migrations, Mediators, Places of Transit for Historia Crítica

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Borderlands

This is a call for papers for a special issue of Historia Crítica, published out of the Universidad de los Andes.

Historia Crítica, published by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), announces a call for papers for the dossier “Intermediaries and Migrations. Mediators and Places of Transit”, to be received between June 1st and October 1st, 2020.

In the process of migrating, people often must navigate an unknown legal and political framework, surmount linguistic barriers, and come into contact with a new cultural and social milieu. Often, this experience is channelled through intermediaries, and takes place in very specific locations and through relationships with specific institutions. This dossier will address the forms of cultural, geographic, and institutional mediation that shape the migrant experience. We will focus on those figures, practices, institutions and spaces that shape migrant contacts in those places where they arrive and, therefore, largely define the trajectories, characteristics and outcomes of migration.

In this dossier, we plan to include studies on themes such as: translators and intermediaries; cross-border networks; border agents (police, brokers, guards, informants, healthcare workers); judicial and criminal systems; neighborhoods, sociability and migrant gathering spaces; diasporas and the creation of transatlantic and transpacific communities. It will encompass migrations from early modernity, through the global migrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, to contemporary migrations. With this we seek to highlight the role that intermediaries, spaces and institutions play in the migration processes, and the forms of cultural mediation that they provide.

We invite people interested in participating in this dossier to send unpublished articles in Spanish, English or Portuguese. Articles must be in Word and comply with the journal’s standards: a maximum length of 11,000 words (18-22 pages approximately), 12 pt Times New Roman font, single-spaced, letter-sized paper with 3 cm margins. Author information should be submitted on a separate file. Footnotes and bibliographic references must be cited using the Chicago Manual of Style. Important rules on the manuscript submission guidelines can be found at policy.

Here is the full call for papers:

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Contact Info: 

Rachel Nolan, Assistant Professor at Boston University, Boston

Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez, Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá