Call for Papers

Covid-19 and Global Networks: reframing our understanding of globalization and transnationalism

Deadline: May 31st, 2021

It is now over a year since the global Covid-19 pandemic cast its long shadow over the human face of globalization and transnationalism fundamentally changing the role of transnational actors and their constituent networks in both global and local affairs.  Those global networks between individuals, family-members, firms, social groups and organisations have been disrupted and reframed to produce new forms of capital flows, labour mobilities, communication technologies and social-economic-political and cultural relationships.  Such disruptions have transcended territorial borders presenting significant challenges to states, firms, cities and spatialities of practice.  Covid-19 has fundamentally redrawn our understanding of research focused on (a) transnational social sciences perspectives; (b) networks, flows, connections and disconnections; (c) human agency and ›globalization from below‹; and (d) the future of globalization and transnationalism. How have different facets of society, from people and families to firms and organisations coped, adapted and reacted to the pandemic? Has the pandemic opened-up new possibilities for reconfiguring global networks? Will the pandemic curtail global networks and realign to the local? Will globalization be finally be undone by the pandemic?

The editors of Global Networks invite you to submit novel pithy critical reflections (up to 4000 words) or more substantiated articles (up to 8000 words) addressing the impacts of the pandemic on the human face of contemporary globalization and transnationalism.

We shall consider submissions through the usual process used for peer review and articles will undergo a fast-track review process to expedite publication for a Special Issue in late 2021.

We would like articles to be submitted by 31st May 2021 and if this is of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to make contact with the editorial team. We look forward to hearing from you.