CFP: Internal Displacement: Definitions, Scope, Theories and Concepts



Internal Displacement: Definitions, Scope, Theories and Concepts

Deadline: May 30, 2010

The term “Internally Displaced People” (IDPs), unlike “Refugee”, is not only relatively new but has become the central focuses of scholarly and non-scholarly debates around the globe. The questions of (1) who should be included in the definition of internal displacement, (ii) whether and Internal Displacement Law should be enacted, and (iii) whose responsibility it is to protect IDPs are but few of the many on-going debates. Academics, civil society groups, humanitarian agencies, refugee practitioners, lawyers and policy makers have created numerous camps, each defining and understanding the concept from their disciplines. Some promote a generic definition of internal displacement, others push for a distinct categorization of displacement, yet another argues that one size does not fit all. For example, some researchers have suggested a distinction between development-induced displacement and conflict-induced displacement, and the exclusion of the former from statistics on internal displacement.

To stimulate inclusive discussion and dialogue from the variety of interested scholars, practitioners and policy makers, the Journal of Internal Displacement (JID), a scholarly and inter-disciplinary platform for raising the profile of IDPs through critical dialogue, emerging themes, and reflections on a wide range of topics and regions; aims to explore and embrace diverse perspectives on the definitions, scope, theoretical and conceptual lenses of internal displacement globally. We invite submissions that examine the above issues with respect to the following list of themes which is not exhaustive:

· Socio-Economic Displacement

· Development Induced Displacement

· Climate Change Displacement

· Conflict Induced Displacement

· State Sovereignty

· Responsibility to Protect

· Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

Please submit an article of no more than 10,000 words (30 pages) online by clicking:

ALL submissions are peer-reviewed and double-blinded. Please refer to the attached Author’s Guidelines for information regarding formatting and reference style. Further details about the JID’s policies and more are also provided on the website. Note that, submissions are only permitted by registered users and can be done in English, French or Spanish. JID is available at no cost to registered users (Registration is FREE). JID inaugural volume is schedule for publication in March 2010.

Please direct questions to Veronica Fynn,

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