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:
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 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.
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