Resistance or Resilience? (CFP, Special Issue, New Journal, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses)

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses is a fully peer-reviewed journal that creates a platform for dialogue about the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, this journal draws together academic expertise from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and law.

With the launch of the new journal Resilience we are calling for papers for a special issue, to be published in the second volume of the journal, ‘Resistance or Resilience?’ This special issue seeks to investigate the construction of communities of resistance/resilience in the face of discourses of crisis and rapid change, such as environmental catastrophe, conflict or financial crisis. Discourses of crisis instil a certain ambiguity in the understanding
of the subject as an active agent, and we are interested in exploring the links and interconnections between constructions of subjects as agents in terms of resistance and resilience. By bringing the two into focus, resilience and resistance, this special issue of the journal aims to explore the dynamics and tensions at play in the production of subjectivities, communities, and alternative modes of life in moments of crisis. Is resistance the opposite of resilience or does a more complex landscape, and perhaps narrative, undermine easy distinctions between the two?

By framing such questions within the rubric of crisis, we invite contributions, which explore the spaces and implications of crisis discourse for the ways in which collective subjects emerge as actors and agents. The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2013. Please send to the editor David Chandler. For further information about the journal, please click here.

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