EchoGéo Call for Papers
Call for Papers for the peer reviewed online journal EchoGéo
“Socio-spatial Dynamics in Contemporary Iran: Between Political Isolation and Opening up”
Submission deadline: June 6, 2017
The articles, in French or English, should be approximately 30,000 characters (not including illustrations). They must be sent by the deadline of June 6, 2017 to Amin Moghadam, Mina Saïdi and Serge Weber copying in Editorial Secretary Béatrice Vélard. The articles will be published in issue 44 of EchoGéo (April/July 2018).
This issue is coordinated by Dr. Amin Moghadam, Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies and associate of French Institute of Research (IFRI) in Iran; Dr. Mina Saïdi Sharouz, architect and Assistant Professor at the National School of Architecture Paris La Villette (ENSAPLV); and Dr. Serge Weber, Professor at Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM).
Please note that a conference on the same topic will be convened by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Princeton University in the spring of 2018
Any geographical study of Iran today must naturally take into account structural changes and events that have marked the country’s recent history: the agrarian reforms of the 1960s, the 1979 revolution, the war with Iraq, reconstruction, and international economic sanctions: all of these have had significant impact on spatial practices over the past decade. The phased lifting of sanctions (scheduled in the 2015 Geneva Agreement) may look like a turning-point, offering prospects of Iran opening up to foreign investment and other global systems, of alignment with standards of consumption and economic accessibility. Spatial transformations and social change at local and regional levels are just as important as any geopolitical analysis.
The aim of this special issue is to adopt various angles of observation linked to spaces, spatial practices and geographical actors, taking into account the different ways of practicing geography today and the most recent changes in the discipline. It will encourage playing on different scales and stakeholders by taking approaches drawn from various fields of geography: social, economic or others; from related disciplines that take into account the spatial dimension of social facts: sociology, history, anthropology, political science, etc.; and from diverse epistemological positions. It will thus help shed light on forms of continuity in strategies of adaptation to change and constraints over a broad spectrum of empirical field research, from micro-geography to the transnational.