The editors welcome submissions for the seventh volume of the Oxford Middle East Review. The theme for this issue will be:
The Afterlives of Revolution
The concept of an “afterlife” does not signify an end but rather a continuity amidst turbulence, changes, transformation, and loss. The semantics of the word “afterlife” has expanded beyond the description of life after death and/or rebirth, to mean “the instance of continued use or influence”, as the Oxford English Dictionary describes it. In this issue, we use the concept of “afterlives” to avoid the imaginaries of new beginnings after revolutions, and illustrate the continuity amidst rupture, and the perseverance of human experiences during turbulent times. From the fall of empires to the events of the Arab Spring eleven years ago, in what ways have the impact of revolutions affected the lives of the people of the Middle East and North Africa, including policies related to different nation-states within the region? What are the main changes, for better or worse, that transformed the social, political, economic, and demographic landscapes of the region? How does the public relate to revolution, and describe its influence?
For this issue of OMER, we encourage applicants to explore the functional as well as the intangible aspects of the theme in their submitted manuscripts. We invite applicants to engage with the theme through empirical, comparative, and theoretical approaches that investigate the theme in relation to the political, economic, social, and/or cultural landscape of the Middle East and North Africa region. We also welcome projects centred around specific case studies. Papers will be considered for the journal’s two sections:
Shorter briefs or position papers up to 2,000 words (including references and citations) aimed at influencing contemporary debate or policy-making.
Articles from 7,500 to 10,000 words (including references and citations) that present original material from any discipline and engage critically with the theme in the context of the Middle East and North Africa region.