For this special issue, we welcome a broad range of abstracts including critical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives. In exploring the relationship between social protection and positive peace, we invite conceptual contributions that may extend beyond the MENA region as well as empirical work and case studies focused on the region. Themes of interest could include:
- Interdisciplinary definitions/concepts of positive peace, sustainable peace, security, and how they relate to social protection
- Theoretical and empirical studies of the linkages between social protection and peace, conflict and social cohesion. What lessons can be applied to the design and implementation of social protection in order to pursue sustainable peace? What lessons can be learned from the responses to Covid-19 which relate to the pursuit of peace-oriented strategies?
- Institutional influences of different social protection paradigms, intended to achieve social control outcomes or to address underlying drivers of inequality and conflict
- Actors of peace and social protection beyond the state; political mobilisation involved in claims-making and the resulting mechanisms of entitlement that impact social organisation and cohesion
- Environmental perspectives on positive peace and social protection. How are climate change considerations being featured (or not) in relation to social policy and peace-building initiatives in the MENA region?
- Social protection as a humanitarian response to migration, and the promotion of intra-group and inter-group social cohesion
How to apply
Abstracts should be 500 words maximum in length and need to include an explanation of the conceptual and methodological basis of the paper. Please submit abstracts to MENASP_network@bath.ac.uk.
Deadline for abstract submission: 26 November 2021.
Call for Abstracts info document can be downloaded from here.