[NEW DEADLINE] RLEC | Call for Papers | Intercultural mediation, citizenship and social development

Editors: Ana Maria Costa e Silva (CECS, Universidade do Minho, Portugal), Margarida Morgado (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies e Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal) & Monika Hrebacková (Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke V, Praga)

We live in times of social crisis and emergency contexts due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation that has certainly affected people’s relationships in multicultural spaces and shaken their notion of citizenship, while we also witnessed serious threats to social living as we know it. There were probably references that lost their meaning and others that progressively invaded our realities and our imaginations. The state of emergency in which we live is complex at various levels, including prophylactic isolation, physical distancing from people, psychological and social violence, and increased vulnerabilities and inequalities in the most marginalized populations.

This issue invites contributions on the various facets of intercultural mediation and the role of mediators in times of change such as these. It invites authors to consider the plural and multifaceted objectives of intercultural mediation in contexts of social transformation. The focus of the issue will be on trialled practices of intercultural mediation, the construction of multicultural citizenship, and the positive development of society, which are transformative and healing in a humanist logic of caring for the other and in terms of the possibility of reinterpreting society in contexts of crisis.

The following are topics that could be addressed in this issue, namely:

  1. How has the pandemic situation of social crisis and health emergency affected the work of intercultural mediators in their different spheres of action (social, cultural, educational)?
  2. What impacts were felt on social and territorial cohesion and on the ways in which each individual, group or community thinks about citizenship and its performance as citizen?
  3. What emerging spaces of security, safety and intercultural living were created and how were they created?
  4. What cultural and social interventions made the most sense in these times of change and why?
  5. Which emerging conventional and non-conventional (ethical, aesthetic, pedagogical, social and digital) spaces were created, refashioned and/ or reinvented and how were they nurtured?
  6. How have plural identities been refashioned, how have multicultural and intercultural communities been reimagined, and how has the sense of belonging in a plural and diverse post-pandemic social space evolved?

The present issue of RLEC invites proposals on case studies based on trialled practices of intercultural mediation and active multicultural citizenship; descriptions of social mediation during the period of pandemic emergency with a focus on what had to change during the pandemic; as well as reflective contributions on possibilities for meaningful intercultural and social mediation in post-pandemic times, capable of outlining various forms of intercultural experience, of citizenship and of social development in different contexts and from various perspectives.



Submission of proposals: 30 october 13 november 2021
Acceptance of submissions: 7 January 2022
Submission of translated final versions: 30 March 2022
Publication of journal number: June 2022



Proposals may be submitted in Portuguese or English. At the end of the peer review period, authors of proposals accepted for publication will ensure the translation of their articles into Portuguese or English, respectively, upon which editors will decide on their publication.



Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies is an open access academic journal that adheres to the stringent standards of peer-reviewing, and blind peer reviewing. Each article will be peer reviewed by two referees against the following acceptance criteria: academic quality, originality and relevance to the respective call for papers, to the objectives and scope of the journal,

Original articles are submitted on the journal’s website at https://www.rlec.pt/ . When submitting for the first time to Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies, please register here.

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[Posted: 22-07-2021 | Modified: 28-10-2021]