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Call for Paper and Call for Special Issues 2019, Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS)

A) Call for Papers Vol. 5, n. 1 (2019): “Civil Wars, Insurgencies, Armed Politics” 


By the end of the 1990s, the mantra about the decline in inter-state conflicts and the increase in civil wars had paved the way to the proliferation of research about internal armed conflicts, gradually leaving behind the distinction between civil wars – constitutive of the historical process of European state-building – and the “new” wars of the end of 20th century. The scholarship on insurgency fragmentation, rebel governance and armed political orders has then contributed to bring the topic of insurgency to the forefront of the study of civil wars. However, some important facets of that phenomenon remain understudied – for example the impact of state repression on insurgencies’ configuration; the role of civilians as independent agents and more in general the relations amongst non-state actors (e.g. civilians, external states and international organizations, criminal networks and economic elites).

The call for papers, thus, intends to fill some of the abovementioned gaps and to deal with one or more topics non-exhaustively listed below:

  • Ø The relationship between state governance and rebel governance from a socio-political perspective;
  • Ø The legal challenges related to the role of the non-state actors involved in armed insurgencies, including their identification, their humanitarian responsibilities, and the support to civilian populations living under insurgents’ control;
  • Ø The political economy of insurgencies and of the stabilisation and state-building processes;
  • Ø The relationships between counter-insurgency operations and missions of stabilization, as well as liberal templates of conflict management and crisis response – deployed as international responses to changing security challenges.

Submission procedure:

Articles, written in English, should be submitted to the editors according to the following schedule:

  • Ø Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 10 October 2018
  • Ø Selection of long abstracts: 20 October 2018
  • Ø Submission of articles: 15 January 2019
  • Ø Provision of peer review feedback: 30 March 2019
  • Ø Submission of revised drafts: 15 May 2019
  • Ø Publication of the issue: 15 June 2019

Abstracts can be sent to the following email address:



B) Call for Special Issues 2019 


Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS) welcomes the submission of proposals for special issues to be published in 2019.

IdPS particularly values proposals on topical issues requiring an interdisciplinary approach.

Special issue proposals should include the following elements:

  • Ø The title of the special issue.
  • Ø A brief description of the proposed content, its rationale and the relation with existing published work (1000-1500 words): the editors should present the main argument, ideas, and themes to be developed by the volume.
  • Ø A list of proposed papers (titles, authors, and abstracts).
  • Ø A brief biographical note for each guest editor, and optionally for other contributors.

The deadline for submitting proposals to the IdPS Editorial Office ( is Monday 2 October 2018. Proposals will then be considered by IdPS editors. The successful team will be informed by the end of October.