Call for Papers

 Caminando, vol. 36, no. 2 (November 2022)

Social Mobilizations

 

Deadline to submit a proposal: August 31, 2022

 

Presentation

Caminando is a bi-annual journal that aims to disseminate alternative information on social struggles and human rights in Latin America. Since 1980, Caminando has been a forum for reflection and action, through its mission to set forward critical perspectives on major issues impacting Latin American socio-political life, and shared struggles for the defence of rights and self-determination in Latin America, as well as in Quebec and Canada.

The journal also publishes stories and poems, as well as illustrations and photographs pertaining to the themes addressed in each issue. Caminando is published in French, in paper format. Articles are also published electronically on Érudit and EBSCO. Texts from previous editions and in their language of origin are also available online at www.caminando.ca

Caminando is published by the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), a solidarity organization which is dedicated to defending and promoting human rights in reciprocity with social movements and communities in Latin America in the struggle for social, environmental, economic and cultural justice. www.cdhal.org

 

Next edition of Caminando

With the world-shaking pandemic of March 2020 came multiple restrictions and profound changes with respect to social resistance and mobilization. As always, capitalism managed to turn the crises to its advantage. The flaws of neoliberal policies have been clearly and overtly revealed. Furthermore, 2021 has been a year of political agitation in many Latin American countries. On the one hand, popular demonstrations had to be creative and adapt to the current situation—but we can only wonder how they are faring nearly two years since the pandemic began. What are social movements demanding? How have the people organized to fight for their rights and defend their territories in a pandemic and post-pandemic context? How do social movements build the alliances needed to confront the extractive industry, the private interests that fund it, and governments?

On the other hand, the year 2022 is marked by uncertainty on several fronts, as well as growing social inequalities. Food, economic and environmental crises are looming around the world and Latin America is no exception. In this context, how are communities and their struggles adapting to this new panorama? How are struggles for social justice and climate justice transforming?

The upcoming volume of Caminando, whose first issue will come out in April 2022 and the second issue in October 2022, will paint a picture of the situation in various Latin American countries, including social struggles and policies. Both issues will fuel reflections on how social movements have changed throughout the pandemic.

This volume of Caminando, the first issue of which was published in May 2022 and a second is scheduled for November 2022, will paint a picture of the situation and the social and political struggles in various Latin American countries, and will fuel reflections on how social movements have changed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Here are some examples of topics and subtopics for your contributions:

  • Analyzes and reflections on the social and political mobilizations taking place in different Latin American countries, and the place of social movements in the context of COVID-19;
  • Analyzes of living conditions and social inequalities which have been made worse by the pandemic;
  • Analyzes and experiences on food, economic and environmental crises;
  • Or any other contribution related to the theme

 

Text format

Poems, testimonies, interviews, spoken word performances, critical analyses, event reports, reflections, and any other type of contribution will be considered. Publication Guidelines are available here.

 

Editorial criteria and processes

At submission

Articles are first read by the journal coordinator before being assigned to a member of the editorial board, according to their field of specialization and/or mother tongue. The criteria for the publication of papers in Caminando are that:

  1. The article’s subject matter is discussed through a critical lens.
  2. Depending on the type of text, statements made by the author are supported by relevant documentation.
  3. The text is structured in such a way as to facilitate readability (logic, clarity, conciseness).
  4. Quality of the language is maintained throughout all types of contributions

After submission

On submission, the manuscript is assigned to a member of the editorial board covering the subject area, according to their mother tongue. The board’s role is to edit articles, taking into account analytical and critical positioning, structure and quality of language such as listed above. Furthermore, it is the board’s role to assess whether received manuscripts respect Caminando’s objectives, values and themes, while ensuring a variety of opinions and analyses, and to request modifications if needed. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to refuse an article that does not meet the stated criteria.

Translation and Revision of Texts

Following their review by the editorial committee, articles are translated by a team of volunteer translators. Translations are consequently revised by a volunteer reviser before being finally copyedited by the Caminando coordinator.

 

Deadline for submissions

If you would like to contribute to the next volume of Caminando, please send a provisional title and short summary of your text by August 31, 2022, to caminando@cdhal.org.

Full papers must be received by September 23, 2022. You are welcome to submit your article earlier if it is ready.