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Technology's Role in the Refugee Experience

REFUGE vol. 29(1) Summer 2012

 
Special Issue: Technology’s Role in the Refugee Experience
Guest Editor: Linda Leung
 
The aims of this proposed special edition are to: examine the role of technology in the lives of asylum seekers and refugees, explore how the fields of refugee studies and technology studies intersect in the study of technology use by refugees, present a range of responses to this cross-disciplinary topic from different voices and sectors.
 
The questions to which the edition seeks to respond include: How does technology assist refugees in sustaining connections with their family members and communities? How are technologies used in countries of origin, during forced migration and settlement? What benefits do people enjoy from these technologies and how do they cope with the limitations of those technologies? How are relationships of power surrounding these technologies negotiated? What, if any, virtual communities are created around these technologies?
 
Submissions are invited that encompass a diversity of technologies, ranging from high fidelity to low tech, and which are not necessarily limited to IT and the Internet use. Of particular interest are submissions that can articulate the politics and innovation of how a technology is appropriated, with grounded, critical approaches to issues of availability, access and affordability of the technologies concerned.
 
The issue will also include papers that are not related to the featured special theme. Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome. REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style sheet for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.
 
Submission Deadline: **August 31, 2012**
 
For further information, please contact: Prof. Michael Barutciski, Editor-in-Chief REFUGE c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, York Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3
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