Historical mobilities: Looking beyond the here and now of migration

What: Our fifth issue, on the theme of ‘Historical mobilities: Looking beyond the here and now of migration’, to be published in August 2019.

With the media dominated by popular narratives of migration crises, it is easy to focus on the here and now of migration and lose track of context, especially the historical one. This risks reinforcing the notion of the exceptionalism of the current situation and discourses that overestimate the impact and the scale of the issue. Yet migration is far from being a new phenomenon.

This issue aims to look beyond the current headlines to how migration and mobility have been present throughout history. We seek contributions that put the migration stories of today into the context of the past, highlighting similarities and differences, bringing to light forgotten stories, and showing how our ‘today’ is influenced by the ‘todays’ of the past.

We are particularly interested in publishing work that lifts up the voices of people ‘on the move’ and exploring human (im)mobility in its many varied forms.


We are also keen on receiving pieces that analyse current news about migration and (im)mobility, or reflect on cultural production 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.

When: The deadline for proposals is 13th July.

How: If you are interested in proposing a submission for the fourth issue, please send us a short abstract no longer than 250 words via email to:

Article guidelines:

  1. The length of the piece should be between 700 and 1000 words.

  2. The article should consistently use British spelling and grammar, if you’re writing in English.

  3. The simpler the language the better. Try to briefly explain or add links to any concepts, organisations, policies… introduced in the article.

  4. Concepts and cited works/legislation/articles should be inserted in the article as hyperlinks.

  5. All acronyms should be specified in parentheses.

Some notes on the publication process:

  1. After sending your abstract, we will get back to you within a couple of days.

  2. First drafts are due on 27th July, for publication on 17th August. Once you send us your first draft, your editor will get back to you with their comments, which you will review before publication.

  3. The article will be translated and promoted on social media.

  4. We understand some of the topics may be highly sensitive. If any writer wishes to remain anonymous, we commit to protecting his or her identity.

  5. Please be aware that any opinions you express in your article will be yours alone and not reflect Routed's general stance.

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