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Oxford STAIR 2017 : STAIR Special Issue: Home, Displacement and Belonging


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Submission Deadline Mar 15, 2016
Notification Due Apr 15, 2016
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2016
Categories    politics   development studies   international relations   migration

Call For Papers

St. Antony’s International Review, University of Oxford
Call for Papers

Home, Displacement and Belonging

In an era marked by volatile flows – of capital, people, information, resources – the yearning for the stable anchor of a ‘home’, and the experience of its absence, has never been stronger. The affective ties to home and the dimensions of ‘home-lessness’ remain pertinent today, as manifested in the on-going Syrian Refugee Crisis. However, received understandings of home-lessness have hitherto revolved around issues of international displacement and migration. In the attempt to expand the boundaries of the debate, we seek to move beyond the confines of the state-citizenship dyad to also explore other international manifestations of home-lessness and the diverse institutional actors that fall within its ambit. This issue of STAIR calls for papers that unpack and critically analyse the theme of home-lessness in all its complexity and in its relevance for the study of international politics.

Home-lessness is multi-scalar, experienced at the global (diaspora, migrants, refugees), national (self-determination and secessionist movements), and sub-national (internally- displaced people) levels. In this issue, we are interested in examining forms of home-lessness emerging out of various international and transnational processes. In the attempt to unpack this expanded notion of home-lessness, we seek to highlight that to be home-less encompasses more than a mere deprivation of constitutional rights grounded in territorial sovereignty. Experiences of displacement and disembeddedness can also include matters of cultural recognition, affective ties, and new forms of belonging.

Papers may address, without being limited to, the following:
- Statelessness and Refugees: Experiences, challenges and aspirations
- International Migration: Citizenship and the circulation of rights and responsibilities
- Secessionist Movements: The right to self-determination, self-identity and autonomy
- Trans-nationalism: Diaspora and its Imagined Communities
- Global Land Grabs: Internal displacement and the politics of resettlement
- Multiculturalism: Debates on cultural integration and assimilation
- Transnational Labour: International labour protection laws
- The Fourth World: Nomadic and pastoral sub-populations excluded from global society
- Contesting Citizenship: Heterodox and non-western conceptions

We seek submissions across different disciplines – like Development Studies, Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Migration and Refugee Studies, Anthropology, Area Studies – which may be seemingly speaking to different themes, but by bringing them together in this issue of ‘Home, Displacement and Belonging’, we seek to highlight a common thread, and open up new spaces of inquiry and discourse.

Please submit your abstracts to For more details regarding the submission procedures please consult STAIR Issue 12.2 is scheduled to be published in February 2017.


About STAIR:

STAIR is the only peer-reviewed journal at the University of Oxford examining matters of international relevance. Founded by graduate students of St Antony’s College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Distinguished past contributors include John Baylis, Valerie J. Bunce, Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.

We encourage original, previously unpublished material from diverse academic disciplines, such as Anthropology, Area Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Migration and Refugee Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Religious Studies, etc. For further information on manuscript preparation, referencing, and diction, please refer to the “Notes for Contributors” available at

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