CFP: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 48

Call for Papers

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

Volume 48

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change (RSMCC) invites original submissions of manuscripts for its 48th volume. Submission is open to all topics related to the three areas of the peer-reviewed series: social movements, conflicts/peace processes, and social change. Additionally, a substantial portion of Volume 48 will be devoted to chapters focused on the roles of memory and information in a variety of areas, including: contemporary regimes, militaries, peacebuilding, boundary developments, activism, nonviolence, other political processes, and aspects of social change.

More generally, submissions to RSMCC should generate new knowledge about central aspects of human life: why and how people organize for political and social change; the reasons for and consequences of social conflicts; and the various aspects of peacebuilding. RSMCC encourages chapter submissions using original research that expand the current scholarship on social movements, peace, and conflict processes broadly construed.

Submissions due by October 1, 2022

For submissions focused on memory and the role of information, submissions may contribute to one of the many thematic areas below:


            Regimes often depend on the collective memory of a nation to provoke nationalism or ethnocentrism and advance their agenda internally or internationally. Authors may wish to consider the relationship between national identity and borders. How do regimes and non-state actors use collective memory of borders to drive their agenda? We encourage submissions that examine the rhetoric and actions in the attempts by Russia and China to regain control over territories such as Ukraine, Georgia, and Taiwan; the complex narratives of World War II and Nazism are particularly ripe for scholarly attention. Authors may wish to examine Rwanda and other regimes use of repression to enforce stability, shape collective memories, and nation-building.


            Activists many times feel they are unique in their attempts to address grievances, but often there are many other organizations doing similar work and a substantial history of attempts to address these issues. This leads to the question of how the collective memory around social activism is preserved and whether and how it affects contemporary activism. Submitters may explore how do contemporary movements around gender, race/decolonization, or class interpret the actions or inactions of activists before them and whether this creates meaningful generational or other divides in collective action. Social media and other areas where people receive information influence the successfulness, tactics, strategies, and mobilization of movements; we encourage submissions that examine the role of information and misinformation in shaping movements.  Further, authors may wish to examine the role of digital and social media in shaping what activists believe they know about current and past activism as well as the issues themselves.

Militaries and Peace Processes

The glorification of military members, actions, and veterans can be seen in big budget films as well as social rituals of parades and sporting events. This is likely to shape collective understandings of ways to solve international as well as internal conflicts. We encourage chapters that examine the roles of social information and collective memory in national budgets, understandings of diplomacy and peace building, and fictions or generalizations about veterans that contribute to gaps in their care, access to work, etc.  Potential chapters could also examine the legacies of peace movements. How are they remembered or memorialized? How does that then influence how people consider their ability to effect international relations and conflicts? Other topics to be considered include how does past ethnic conflict and colonialism shape the processes (and their success or failure) of reconciliation, reintegration, and transitional justice?

About the Series

RSMCC is a peer-reviewed series of original research that has been published annually for over 40 years. We continue to publish the work of many of the leading scholars along with upcoming quantitative and qualitative researchers. RSMCC enjoys a wide library subscription base for the book versions. Additionally, volumes are available online through Emerald Insight via subscribing libraries or individual subscriptions. This ensures wider distribution and easier access to your scholarship while maintaining the book series at the same time. This title is indexed in Scopus and volumes from this series are included in the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index.

In addition to advancing disciplinary scholarship on these topics, the series has provided an important home for interdisciplinary and international scholarship at the forefront of research and theory development related to societies’ struggles over resources, power, and agency. Social movement scholars have used the RSMCC series to connect their research with theories of peacebuilding and nonviolence while other scholars have used the series to explore new frontiers in peace and conflict studies, including cutting-edge work on civil resistance, or violence by state and non-state actors.


To be considered for inclusion in Volume 48, papers must arrive by October 1, 2022. Earlier submissions are especially welcomed. Initial decisions are generally made within 10-12 weeks. Manuscripts accepted for this volume will have gone through double-blind peer review.

Send submission as a WORD document attached to an email to Lisa Leitz, RSMCC editor-in-chief, at For initial submissions, any standard social science in-text citation and bibliographic system is acceptable. Remove all self-references in the text and in the bibliography. Word counts should generally not exceed 12,000 words, inclusive of supplemental materials (abstract, tables, bibliography, notes, etc.). Include the paper’s title and an unstructured abstract on the first page of the text itself. Send a second file that contains the article title, the unstructured abstract, and full contact information for all authors