BRICS and Covid-19 or BRICS and Africa

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Call for Papers
June 24, 2021 to August 5, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Public Health, Public Policy, World History / Studies

BRICS and Covid-19

The Journal of BRICS Studies invites submissions on Covid-19 and BRICS countries or the BRICS platform itself. The papers are being commissioned to consider the experiences of individual BRICS countries or several of them or the BRICS institution itself. These may discuss such themes as disease and dis-ease in the context of Covid-19, public policy and health governance, responses of public health regimes, crisis /disaster management, education, livelihoods, science and public policy, technology and digitization, finance and economy, communications and media, state responses, non-state responses, vaccination, building-back-better and post-Covid-19 and others. 

The Journal also invites submissions on the convergence between BRICS and Africa, covering both the individual relationships and collective relations between the BRICS and the continent of Africa. The subject is occasioned by thematic analysis of such developments as trade, investment, scientific cooperation, technological transfer, external debt, infrastructure development, sustainable development, energy and so forth. Yet, through these discussions, we can understand if there is sufficient convergence of interests between Africa and BRICS for them to cooperate deeply and broadly into the long-term. We need to understand where this convergence lies and where the divergences are in order to recommend ways of harnessing the former and mitigating the latter.

These papers will be subjected to a thorough peer-review process for publication in the inaugural and second volumes of the new open-access online Journal for BRICS Studies.

Papers must be between 4000 and 5000 in the case of commentary or debate articles and up to 7000 words in the case of a research article. They must be written in accessible English. Use the Oxford Dictionary spelling. The abstract must be between 200 and 300 words long. Papers must be referenced according to the APA referencing and citation style (author: date). The first page must include the author name, affiliation and email address. Submit all the papers by uploading them on:   


  • Abstract (200 words) by 20 July 2021
  • Response to successful authors by 30 July 2021.
  • Final papers are due by 15 September 2021. 


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Professor Siphamandla Zondi 


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