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CALL FOR PAPERS for the September 2021 Special issue of the journal Asian Studies, entitled: “CRISIS AS DANGER AND AS HOPE – COVID-19 IN ASIA”

2020-12-03

he September 2021 issue of the journal Asian Studies is devoted to the investigation of the causes, effects, and ethical and ideological implications of the COVID -19 pandemic in Asia, particularly in East and South-East Asia. COVID -19 has had a dramatic impact on global societies. There have been enormous changes in the economy, lifestyles, education, culture, and many other aspects of social life. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed societies, cultures, organizations, infrastructures, and many social services into a completely new reality.

In this respect, the pandemic COVID -19 is without doubt one of the crises of global proportions. Therefore, the whole of humanity should try to find a strategic solution to this crisis, and to this end, the importance of intercultural dialog is manifested in a particularly clear and unambiguous way.

Indeed, we are convinced that the agenda of intercultural dialogues must play a significant role in the farming of a new transcultural arrangement that could enable us to create new models of social cooperation and connections not only within specific societies and cultures but also across national and ethnic boundaries. It is, therefore, no coincidence that the need for such intercultural dialog has become even more evident during the global pandemic COVID -19.

The first major spread of the coronavirus has begun in China. On the other hand, it must also be noted that the societies of East and Southeast Asia have coped with the pandemic more efficiently than most countries in Europe and America. Consequently, these facts give rise to several important research questions that can be examined from different perspectives within the framework of Asian studies in the social sciences and humanities. In this respect, however, we are interested not only in providing answers to many questions that arose during the period of global pandemics but also in raising and opening up the right questions that could guide us through our common global future.

We invite you to submit contributions on this topic and to join forces and communicate your research findings, presented in empirical, theoretical, or review articles on the impact of COVID-19 on Asian societies and on intercultural dialogues with them. We are also interested in contributions that address various questions about how COVID -19 has influenced the lives of Asian people. Comparative investigations are especially welcome for they can provide us with new opportunities to look at the changes we are all deeply involved in from a wider perspective.  

Please kindly submit your contribution via this website. if you have any further questions about this special issue, please contact the editor-in-chief, Jana S. Rošker at jana.rosker@ff.uni-lj.si.

Publication timeline:

Submission deadline: March 31, 2021

Online publication: September 20, 2021

Printed issue: September 30, 2021

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The academic journal Asian Studies (until 2013 Asian and African Studies) has been published by the Department of Asian and African Studies, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) since 1997. It is a distinctive, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of Asian societies and cultures. Twice a year, it publishes thoroughly researched and strictly peer-reviewed academic articles, which represent the highest level of scholarly excellence.

The journal publishes contributions containing analyses and interpretations of the essential conditions of contemporary social realities in Asian societies (especially Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian), and focuses on their specific political, economic, historical and cultural contexts.

Ranging across the fields of Asian literature, art, philosophy, political science, history and sociology, Asian Studies challenges the bureaucratization of intercultural research in the humanities and social studies, and features in-depth examinations of past, present, and future research issues by some of the world's leading scholars and experts in these fields. An integral part of our scholarly mission is to publish innovative, high-quality articles that will have a lasting impact by opening up new research areas in their respective fields.

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