Call for papers: Intercultural Mediation, Citizenship & Social Development, Special issue of Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies. Editors: Ana Maria Costa e Silva, Margarida Morgado, & Monika Hrebacková. Deadline: October 30, 2021.
We live in times of social crisis and emergency contexts due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation that has certainly affected people’s relationships in multicultural spaces and shaken their notion of citizenship, while we also witnessed serious threats to social living as we know it. There were probably references that lost their meaning and others that progressively invaded our realities and our imaginations. The state of emergency in which we live is complex at various levels, including prophylactic isolation, physical distancing from people, psychological and social violence, and increased vulnerabilities and inequalities in the most marginalized populations. This issue invites contributions on the various facets of intercultural mediation and the role of mediators in times of change such as these. It invites authors to consider the plural and multifaceted objectives of intercultural mediation in contexts of social transformation. The focus of the issue will be on trialled practices of intercultural mediation, the construction of multicultural citizenship, and the positive development of society, which are transformative and healing in a humanist logic of caring for the other and in terms of the possibility of reinterpreting society in contexts of crisis.