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ECPR 10TH GENERAL CONFERENCE IN PRAGUE

The tenth anniversary of the ECPR General Conference will be held at Charles University, Prague, in the Czech Republic from 7-10 September 2016. The list of sections has been finalised, and the ECPR is now accepting proposals for Full Panels and individual Papers. The Standing Group on Organised Crime is organising a section on ‘Transnational Organised Crime as a Multi-level Actor in Global Politics’.

Since this is a combined stage, individuals are able to propose to a Section, either a Panel including 4 – 5 Papers or individual Papers. When proposing a Panel/Paper please note that all prospective participants must have a MyECPR account.
The deadline for Panel and Paper submissions is 15 February 2016.
For more information please visit: http://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=95

THE CURRENT ISSUE

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by Rafael Gude

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by Connie Agius

  • War & Peace in Ciudad Juárez

by Michael Wolff

  • Book Reviews
  • News and announcements

CALL FOR PAPERS – MIGRATION AND TERRORISM

Migrants are often put in the spotlight for their alleged lack of loyalty to their host countries. They may be perceived as ‘fifth columnists’ serving foreign associations or countries, who threaten national security. From the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States to more recent events in Australia and France, including the mobility of foreign fighters who leave countries in the western world to fight in Syria, western public opinion has progressively come to identify migration with terrorism. This identification is hardly new, as it has existed from the modern age onwards. In its series ‘Biblioteca’ (Library), hosted by the scholarly review Archivio Storico dell’Emigrazione Italiana, the Italian publisher Sette Città is calling for papers for a special issue devoted to the topic “migration and terrorism”. The issue aims to have an interdisciplinary and long-term perspective.

Although there will be a special focus on Italian migrants outside of Italy or immigrants in Italy, editors will take into consideration abstracts for papers (in English or Italian) dealing with migrants of any nationality and in any country from the modern age onwards. Proposals on the following research areas (but not exclusively) are welcome:

– Migrants, governments, terrorism, security
– Migrants, terrorism, homeland
– Migrants and imagined, attempted, realized terrorist attacks – Migrants, terrorism, figurative arts
– Migrants, terrorism, literature
– Migrants, terrorism, cinema
– Migrants, terrorism, television
– Migrants, terrorism, civil society
– Migrants, terrorism, war

Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and have to indicate academic affiliation and email. They must be sent to Matteo Sanfilippo (matteosanfilippo@unitus.it) and Matteo Pretelli (matteo.pretelli@tiscali.it) by 30 April 2015. All papers (max 5,000 words in length including footnotes) will be delivered to the editors by 31 October 2015.

THE MEN WHO SMUGGLE THE LOOT THAT FUNDS IS

The trade in antiquities is one of Islamic State’s main sources of funding, along with oil and kidnapping. For this reason the UN Security Council last week banned all trade in artefacts from Syria, accusing IS militants of looting cultural heritage to strengthen its ability “to organise and carry out terrorist attacks”.

 

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