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Call for Papers: Special Section of the European Journal of Social Psychology

22.06.2022, by Hannah Schäfer in call for papers

European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP)
Submission deadline: October 31st, 2022

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"It always seems impossible, until it is done": Perspectives on reconciliation and its underlying processes in post-conflict societies
Reconciliation is an essential (yet challenging) process and outcome for fostering positive intergroup relations, especially in post-conflict settings. This Special Section aims to offer a multifaceted look at reconciliation, drawing on research that has employed a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and focusing on different countries where intergroup tensions have risen to prominence in the recent past. A focus on reconciliation is especially timely given the current geopolitical climates in, for example, Europe (Brexit, immigration, war in Ukraine), the USA (immigration), Africa (increased migration and xenophobia), and Asia (oppression of the Uyghur in China and the Rohingya in Myanmar), among others. A key question to be answered through this Special Section is whether the reconciliation processes within and between groups involved in violent conflicts in different contexts and geographical locations are shared. As such, this Special Section aims to offer perspectives and empirical research on reconciliation from both the Global North and the Global South. We are calling for papers that touch on any of the following three (or related) focus points:

  1. We invite contributions that delineate the concept of reconciliation, increasing our understanding of the concept and its meaning across different intergroup settings. For example, what perceptions do people have about the needs their groups have for achieving reconciliation? What conflict-supporting and conflict-reducing narratives exist among conflicting groups and their members? How is the construct of reconciliation intertwined with the concepts of competitive and collective victimhood?
  2. We invite empirical articles that (even tentatively) attempt to integrate one or more existing models of reconciliation, potentially even proposing a new predictive theoretical framework. Needs, norms, identities, ideologies, and intergroup contact experiences have (separately) been shown to predict reconciliation intentions. Nonetheless, careful consideration of multiple factors simultaneously is scarce. We specifically welcome studies that look at the interaction of several predictors, ideally at multiple levels of analysis (i.e., a multilevel design).
  3. We invite research that examines the efficacy of interventions aimed at fostering reconciliation, explores moderators that either augment or inhibit the effects of predictors of reconciliation, and/or explores the long-term consequences of reconciliation. Once reconciliation has been achieved, how is it maintained, and does it instil changes in individuals’ beliefs about the conflict, in the way groups interact with and approach one another, and in the way societies ‘grow’?

Submission Details:
Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are invited to submit an expression of interest (EoI) to the Guest Editors, Hermann Swart (hswart@sun.ac.za), Jasper van Assche (Jasper.VanAssche@UGent.be) and Tijana Karić (tijana.kariczoric@uni-marburg.de) by July 29th 2022 including:
a) a tentative manuscript title
b) contact information for the corresponding author
c) names and affiliations of all authors, and
d) a brief description of the manuscript content (up to 600 words) giving key information about theoretical relevance, design and method, sample details, and implications of findings.

Authors who do not submit a letter of intent by the deadline may still submit manuscripts (no later than October 31st, 2022), but these will be considered for the special issue only as space and time allow. Manuscripts (no longer than 10,000 words including abstract, tables, figures, and references) should be prepared in accordance with the editorial guidelines of EJSP (see instructions to authors).

Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular EJSP online system, specifying that the submission is for the Special Issue on Reconciliation Processes in Post-Conflict Settings. The submission website is: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ejsp

Important dates
July 29, 2022: Deadline for expressions of interest (EoI) from potential contributors
August 19, 2022: Communicating decisions on EoIs and invite full manuscripts
October 31, 2022: Paper submission deadline
January 31, 2023: Provisional acceptance of papers (i.e., subject to revisions)
March 31, 2023: Revised final manuscripts due