Monday, February 11, 2019

One off Journal Issues: "Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present"

Occasionally issues of journals where one might not normally think to look produce thematic issues of interest. Availability online makes them much more discoverable. A case in point:

Special Issue "Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Elena Isayev

Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK Website | E-Mail
Phone: 44 (0)1392 264200
Interests: human mobility and the constructions of place (2017); history through material remains; Lucania (2007); agency of the displaced; hospitality, asylum, refugeehood; ancient history and archaeology of pre-Imperial Italy; public and common space and architecture; inter-disciplinarity and inter-practice methodologies; ancient youth
Guest Editor
Mr. Evan Jewell

Department of Classical Studies, 826 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA Website | E-Mail Interests: age and ageing in the Roman empire; Roman youth; Cicero; Roman political and cultural history; non-elite urban identities; Roman imperialism; ancient and modern ideologies and historiography; ancient somatology; Roman villa culture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,
Important and urgent studies on the subject of migration have increased substantially over the last decade in response to what has been termed the ‘migration crisis’. The issue is seemingly timeless, yet, the long term historical perspective shows just how ambivalent the category of migration is. What does it mean for human mobility to become a problem—a crisis? Usually the subject is addressed from either the perspective of the host or the home community, focusing on the impact of arrival or departure. Between these two points are those who are displaced, often for periods that last more than a generation—the current UN average duration of displacement is 25 years. For this reason we have chosen to focus on the critical issue of displacement. It is here broadly construed as both the involuntary movement of peoples from a place of belonging, whether due to forms of conflict, famine, persecution, or environmental disasters, and also the suspension of movement that leaves people existing without place. The more focused heuristic lens of displacement allows for cross-historical perspectives which do not risk conflating ‘migration’ with ‘refuge’ or ‘asylum’. It also allows for a discourse of place, space and territory—the shifting entities in relation to human belonging, statehood, mobility and control. It confronts the visibility and potency of displaced agency.
For this Special Issue, we therefore welcome contributions which seek to provoke a discourse within and beyond the field of Humanities, including the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History. Our intention is to create a dynamic collection using a dialogical platform with experts in the field, while ensuring a robust scholarly discourse. Hence, we have commissioned pieces of work from practitioners as catalysts, for each contributor to reflect on and engage with in preparing the paper. A scholar who uses a different approach will then be asked to respond to a paper. Through the stimulus by catalysts and respondents, the intention is to create dialogue across practices, disciplines and temporalities: from catalyst—to paper—to response. In so doing, we hope that it provokes future work—hence manifestos—not only in the historical and literary fields, but wider research and practice concerned with migration and refugeehood.
We particularly invite paper contributions which, at a theoretical and/or methodological level, aim to: remap the priorities for current research agendas; open up disciplines and critically analyse their approaches; address the socio-political responsibilities that we have as scholars and practitioners; provide an alternative site of discourse for contemporary concerns; and lastly, stimulate future interdisciplinary work and collaborations beyond the academy.
We invite submissions that treat the following thematic areas:
Volatile Concepts
  • How exceptional is the nature of mobility/displacement in the contemporary age?
  • When does mobility, or immobility, become part of the repertoire of virtue—a positive attribute?
  • Permanent transience and de-placement—still a ‘state of exception’?
Tangible Creations
  • Spaces of suspension: the city, the camp, detention centres and sanctuaries.
  • Materialities of displacement: objects, bodies, settlements, and traces.
  • The power, agency, innovation of those who are displaced.
  • Between hospitality and asylum—suppliant and guest.
Critical Approaches
  • Opportunities and dangers of comparative history in the context of displacement.
  • From representation to challenge: narratives of displacement in images and words.
  • Re-humanising the demography of displacement: people beyond numbers.
  • Responsibilities as scholars, and educators of the decision makers of the future.
Prof. Dr. Elena Isayev
Mr. Evan Jewell
Guest Editors


Dalmatians and Dacians—Forms of Belonging and Displacement in the Roman Empire
Humanities 2019, 8(1), 1;
Received: 22 June 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 21 November 2018 / Published: 24 December 2018
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Inspired by the catalyst papers, this essay traces the impact of displacement on existing and emerging identities of groups and individuals which were relocated to ‘frontier’ areas in the aftermath of conflict and conquest by Rome during the reign of emperor Trajan. The
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The Agency of the Displaced? Roman Expansion, Environmental Forces, and the Occupation of Marginal Landscapes in Ancient Italy
Humanities 2018, 7(4), 116;
Received: 1 February 2018 / Revised: 4 September 2018 / Accepted: 16 October 2018 / Published: 12 November 2018
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This article approaches the agency of displaced people through material evidence from the distant past. It seeks to construct a narrative of displacement where the key players include human as well as non-human agents—namely, the environment into which people move, and the socio-political
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Recognizing the Delians Displaced after 167/6 BCE
Humanities 2018, 7(4), 91;
Received: 13 August 2018 / Revised: 28 August 2018 / Accepted: 7 September 2018 / Published: 20 September 2018
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In 167/6 BCE, the Roman senate granted a request from Athens to control the island of Delos. Subsequently, the Delians inhabiting the island were mandated to leave and an Athenian community was installed. Polybius, who records these events, tells us that the Delians
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It’s in the Water: Byzantine Borderlands and the Village War
Humanities 2018, 7(3), 86;
Received: 6 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 27 August 2018
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This essay examines Byzantine military manuals created between the sixth to the tenth centuries for what they can reveal about Byzantine imperial attitudes toward the landscapes of war and those who inhabit them. Of foremost concern in these sources is the maintenance of
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Citizenship as Barrier and Opportunity for Ancient Greek and Modern Refugees
Humanities 2018, 7(3), 72;
Received: 24 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 19 July 2018
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Some dominant traditions in Refugee Studies have stressed the barrier which state citizenship presents to the displaced. Some have condemned citizenship altogether as a mechanism and ideology for excluding the weak (G. Agamben). Others have seen citizenship as an acute problem for displaced
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Sharing Histories: Teaching and Learning from Displaced Youth in Greece
Humanities 2018, 7(2), 53;
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 13 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
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This paper reflects upon my experiences teaching and learning from displaced youth in Greece over a period of eight months in 2017. Following a brief examination of the current challenges in accessing formal education, I examine non-formal education initiatives, summarizing my work with
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Learning from Past Displacements?1 The History of Migrations between Historical Specificity, Presentism and Fractured Continuities
Humanities 2018, 7(2), 36;
Received: 5 March 2018 / Revised: 23 March 2018 / Accepted: 10 April 2018 / Published: 13 April 2018
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Reading Derrida in Tehran: Between an Open Door and an Empty Sofreh
Humanities 2018, 7(1), 21;
Received: 1 February 2018 / Revised: 23 February 2018 / Accepted: 26 February 2018 / Published: 2 March 2018
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We can only begin to grasp hospitality as we enact it and yet, in the moment of enactment, hospitality eludes us. In this paper I look at the enactment of hospitality in the relationship between Iranian citizen-hosts and Afghan refugee-guests in the Islamic
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A Narrative of Resistance: A Brief History of the Dandara Community, Brazil
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 70;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
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This paper presents a brief report on the history of the Dandara Occupation, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Through a general panorama of the strategies and resistance of the residents and movements involved; this paper shows the importance of the occupied
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Private Citizenship: Real Estate Practice in Palestine
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 68;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 15 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
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What is the function of the new towns and real estate developments in Palestine?[...] Full article
Refugee Heritage. Part III Justification for Inscription
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 66;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 3 August 2017 / Published: 29 August 2017
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In order to inscribe a site in the World Heritage list, the property should have outstanding universal values, defined as “cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of common importance for present and future
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On the Slab, Our Architecture under Construction
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 62;
Received: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
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The 1950s and 60s was marked by the developmentalism, industrialization, and modernization of peripheral capitalism of Brazil and by the demographic explosion and unprecedented urban expansion in the country. Throughout these decades, São Paulo became the political, cultural, and economic epicenter of Brazil,
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Uncovering Culture and Identity in Refugee Camps
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 61;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 16 August 2017
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Refugee camps, especially in their emergency phases, are places where everything seems to be similar, repetitive, and modular. This impression is not only due to the unified shelter unit that is usually distributed by UNHCR1 (traditionally a tent, and recently caravans, prefabs, and
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‘Space of Refuge’: Negotiating Space with Refugees Inside the Palestinian Camp
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 60;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 20 July 2017 / Published: 16 August 2017
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‘Space of Refuge’ is a spatial installation directly addressing issues of inhabitation within Palestinian refugee camps in different host countries. It does so by illustrating the various modes of spatial production and subsequent evolution of Palestinian refugee camps, with particular focus upon unofficial
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Collaborations on the Edge
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 59;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 27 July 2017 / Published: 7 August 2017
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Since 2005 I have been working with mobile communities in the cities of Berlin, Germany and Johannesburg, South Africa.[...] Full article
Quantum Notes on Classic Places
Humanities 2017, 6(3), 54;
Received: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 21 July 2017 / Published: 31 July 2017
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I would like to sing about an unstable, yet constant force that stresses and pushes imagination. It makes cultural and social transformations a process to experience in person. [...] Full article

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