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August 02, 2021

1. Call for Papers: Thinking about circulations & understanding threats.The Americas and the World, 1921-2001

Call for papers dossier “Thinking about circulations & understanding threats. The Americas and the World, 1929-2001”


Daniel E. Rojas, MCF, Université Grenoble Alpes, ILCEA4, EA 7365
Charles Capela, MCF, Université Lumière Lyon 2, LCE, EA 1853

Thinking about circulations and taking the Americas as a point of departure or arrival. This is what is at stake in our proposition to Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos devoted to circulations on a global scale, a problem which has interested social sciences for decades, and whose subjects and approaches have been constantly renewed since a global turn that has left no scholar or field of research indifferent.

Because at present, circulations, in the broad sense, are not understood as a simple phenomenon determining social life or the configuration of political spaces. It is also a question of having an analytical approach allowing both to question problems already studied by historians, sociologists and political scientists, and to enlighten a new geography of cross-border carriers, networks and relationships which are at the heart of contemporary societies. Long confined to the analysis of economic exchanges and international migrations, the study of circulations has undergone an indisputable renewal thanks to the introduction of political and cultural variables including miscegenation on the Iberian space, or transfers of post-war systems of government in the North Atlantic. The usefulness of this approach is well recognized.

This dossier seeks to deepen and broaden the political and cultural dimensions of circulations by emphasizing the link that exists between circulation and the threat of a social order. Indeed, political radicalism, from all ideologies, are vectors of circulation phenomena which question the way in which the distribution of power is structured between the different institutions of society and the State. The use of extreme violence by clandestine combatant organizations or the violence exercised by States are not always necessary to constitute a threat, as demonstrated by many artistic or political movements which, without defending assault, nevertheless represent important threats for an institution, a nation or a state. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that local threats only assume a global dimension thanks to circulation phenomena.

The editors of the dossier will give priority to propositions of articles that bring together in a single approach the tools of History, Political Science and International Relations. It is desirable that contributors take into account :

  • The global impact of conjunctures or processes created in the Americas on a global / international scale and the impact conjunctures or processes created elsewhere and of which the Americas would be the receptacle.
  • The fact that the circulation of people, ideas and objects can directly or indirectly threaten established political and legal orders.
  • How political circulations produce political discourses which have repercussions in the cultural, artistic or economic sphere and which challenge social or political orders.
  • How circulation phenomena relativize the radical separations between internal / external, national / international, and local / global.
  • Approaches focused on the collective action of women.

Proposal format

  • Maximum length of proposals is 500 words.
  • Maximum length of articles (written in French, Spanish or English) will be 50,000 characters (spaces included).
  • Proposals must be sent to [email protected] and to [email protected] before September 17th 2021 at midnight (Paris GMT + 1).


  • September 17th 2021: deadline for the submission of article proposals.
  • October 4th 2021: announcement of the proposals selected for the dossier.
  • January 31st 2021: sending the articles to the coordinators of the dossier (in order to start the peer-review proceeding).