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Call for essays: “New” conflicts and emerging economy of difference in Africa

Recent studies suggest that Africa is increasingly experiencing new patterns of conflict, which reflects the trappings of contemporary global insecurities.

In this context, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice announces its 29(3) issue theme: “New” Conflicts and Emerging Economy of Difference in Africa.

This special issue aims to probe how exactly African conflicts are transforming in character in the twenty-first century. In conflict ecologies where ideational and ethno-nationalist factors are mostly “glocalised,” are “new” conflicts emerging in Africa? If so, what are their characteristics? How has the so-called “continent of forever wars” changed to a new global order in the post-9/11 world? How are everyday Africans reacting? What are the implications for peace? How are African countries and communities responding?

This issue will be co-edited by three African researchers: Muhammad Dan Suleiman, PhD researcher at the University of Western Australia, Hakeem Onapajo, Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zululand, South Africa, and Benjamin Maiangwa, PhD researcher at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Themes to consider in this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Social protests and civil conflicts
  • Radicalism and religious terrorism
  • Subaltern movements
  • Ethnocentrism and combative identities
  • Xenophobia and racial conflicts
  • State repression and human insecurity
  • External actors as conflict entrepreneurs
  • International versus locally-engineered peace building interventions
  • Gender in conflict and conflict management
  • African Union and regional peace building frameworks

We seek analytical essays on these and similar themes which interrogate questions such as how much of the characteristics and motivations for “new” conflicts are “African” in origin. That is, how much of the factors shaping a new frontier in African conflicts are primarily situated in Africa, as a continent, and as a group of people, and around the “African” as an individual. How much has the contemporary external environment of “global wars” such as the present wave of religious terrorism and global war on terror influenced “new” conflicts in Africa? If indeed contemporary African conflicts are changing in character, focus, and motivation—and if an argument that these changes have been significantly influenced by “global wars” is sustained—what then should African governments do to redeem their peoples, societies, and economies from the trappings of conflicts that are both local and global? Who are the principal actors and what prospects and capacities do African governments and the people possess to be able to address the challenge?

The editors seek contributions from early career researchers who will bring “fresh” and critical perspectives on the above themes and questions, although contributions from senior researchers will also be welcomed. Both academics and practitioners are encouraged to submit essays that appeal to a wide readership.

Submissions due: April 15, 2017

Please direct content-based questions or concerns to the guest editors:
Muhammad Dan Suleiman,, Hakeem Onapajo,, and Benjamin Maiangwa,

Send Essays to:
Robert Elias, Editor in Chief
Shawn Doubiago, Managing Editor
Subject Line: “New” Conflicts and Emerging Economy of Difference in Africa