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Call for Proposals: Power Politics and People on the Move

Our Generation for Inclusive Peace (OGIP) are excited to announce our next Research Series which will explore the theme of “Power, Politics and People on the Move”. THE DEADLINE HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO 8 MAY.

What is the OGIP Research Series?

The Research Series is a deep dive into a central research theme. We are looking for 6 contributors to engage with this theme from your unique perspectives. OGIP believes that research should not just be academic, so we are looking for proposals for pieces in a variety of formats: this can include, but is not limited to, photography, artwork, storytelling, poetry, blogs, or academic research. You can see an example of our previous Research Series on Feminist Recovery and Rebuilding.

For each Research Series, OGIP creates a Research Group made up of former Research contributors and young feminists engaging with and working in the field of peace and security. Proposed themes for this series were sourced from engagement with our community and the final theme was chosen by our Research Group. The Research Group will also choose the pieces that will be part of the series and will work with contributors on the editing process to help produce relevant, diverse and impactful research.

Power, Politics and People on the Move

The theme chosen by the OGIP Research community was Power, Politics and People on the Move. The Research Group felt that this theme was particularly relevant at this moment in time. By the end of 2020 UNHCR estimated that there were 80 million forcibly displaced people in the world as a result of armed conflict and violence, and millions more each year due to other factors, such as the effects of the climate crisis. Amidst this context, xenophobic policies and rhetoric are on the rise in many societies.

People on the move - including asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced people, traveller communities, migrant workers, trafficked people and stateless people - have historically been some of the most marginalised communities in the world. Many face xenophobic media bias, violence and detention both during and after movement, exclusion from decision-making, social and economic marginalisation, and are often left behind by states and institutions. People on the move bring unique and rich experiences and histories and deserve a platform and an equal seat at the table, but systems of power, premised on exclusionary models of nation, belonging, and citizenship, are designed to preclude them. The power and politics of place and space, borders and identity all play out in the lives of people on the move on a daily basis, as the rights of these groups are systematically removed by those in power.

In this Research Series OGIP suggests contributors explore the theme of Power, Politics and People on the Move in a variety of settings and from different viewpoints. OGIP welcomes submissions from organisations working with people on the move. We would also encourage you to reflect on your positionality when submitting a piece: are you the right person to be telling this story? If not, can you widen the space to others? How does your position inform how you engage with these topics? The Research Group will be happy to work through these questions with contributors after submission. We will also consider ethics and safeguarding concerns as part of the selection and editing process. We look forward to reading all your proposals engaging with this theme!

The research process
The first step is to submit a summary and additional information on this online form so OGIP can get an idea of the type of work you would like to produce. Please make sure that your work is anchored in and/or linked to the theme of Power, Politics and People on the Move. If you would like to submit research on a different theme, then please submit a proposal for the OGIP blog instead. As you will see in the form, we are willing to take submissions in a variety of formats, so do get in touch if you want to explore different options. The deadline to submit your proposals is Sunday 8th May.

You will hear from a member of the OGIP team at the beginning of May on the outcome of your submission. Following this, you will work with the OGIP editorial team to set a timeline for the submission of your contribution. This will be around 3 weeks for the first draft but OGIP will be flexible to find a timeline for submission and editing that suits you. Once you have submitted the first draft of your work you will then receive comments from the editorial team within 1-2 weeks and will have an additional 2-3 weeks (approx) to address them and resubmit your next draft. There will be time for final edits and a deadline will be set for the submission of your final piece. Once finalised your work will be published on the OGIP webpage as part of the Research Series. You will be informed of the estimated date for the publication of your research once the final submission is received by OGIP.

The working language of OGIP is English, however, we strongly encourage contributors to also produce their research in other languages. Submission and drafting will be in English and the contributor will then be asked to translate into an additional language if they are able and wish to do so. Depending on the additional language, the Research Group may be able to offer additional support on translation and editing.

If you have any questions about the process please do get in touch with the team on OGIPResearch@gmail.com