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Call for submissions: Moving towards a better normal: Defining mobility, human rights & freedoms in a post-pandemic Southeast Asia (February 2022)

COVID-19 experiences in Southeast Asia are marked by protracted public health emergencies, socio-political disruptions, and economic crises. Among the issues that persist in the region are unequal access to public health services and vaccines, as well as democratic backsliding. The heightened securitisation of societies and the pandemic mobility restrictions have especially impacted vulnerable people, such as migrant workers, stateless persons, those who seek refuge from conflict zones, residents in rural and remote areas, persons with disabilities, people living in troubled or violent households, and those who are socio-economically deprived. In the efforts to design the ‘new normal’, it is vital to elevate and include voices from the ground, specifically in relation to freedom of movement and the rights of people on the move seeking better opportunities and a decent life. Hence, this special issue, in collaboration with SHAPE-SEA, serves to foster critical consciousness on lived experiences of (im)mobility, human rights, and freedoms, as well as ways to achieve a better normal for all in Southeast Asia.

​You can read more about our next issue here.

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Beside the proposed topic, we are also keen on receiving pieces that analyse current news about migration and (im)mobility, or reflect on cultural developments related to these topics. Articles should address a broad audience, made of experts and non-experts, and should be originally written in English or Spanish.

If you are interested in proposing a submission, please send us a short abstract no longer than 250 words via email to: RoutedMagazine@gmail.com

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Forthcoming [CLOSED]: Movement and religion (December 2021)

Movement and religion are intimately related, from faith-based mandates of pilgrimage and proselytism to religiously driven displacement and exclusion. Religions have also been influenced by mobility and diverse cultural encounters and shaped by them into new local forms. At the same time, faith or spirituality can be a key source of sustenance for people on the move, physically (e.g. when receiving shelter or provisions from religious groups) or spiritually, as a source of hope. Religious leaders often operate as cultural brokers, facilitating or shaping the incorporation of newcomers into receiving societies; while differences in beliefs can cause generational conflicts within migrant communities. For this issue, we are looking for contributions that address the topic of movement and religion in any of its forms.

This call for submissions is already closed, but you can read more about our upcoming issue here.