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Call for submission: ‘Moving towards a better normal: Defining mobility, human rights & freedoms in a post-pandemic Southeast Asia’

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 SHAPE-SEA is collaborating with
Routed Magazine on a special think piece issue to be published
in February 2022.COVID-19 experiences in
Southeast Asia are marked by protracted public health emergencies, socio-political
disruptions, and economic crises. Among the issues that persist in the region
are unequal access to public health services and vaccines, as well as
democratic backsliding. The heightened securitisation of societies has
severely crippled individuals and communities, particularly those living at
the margins. The pandemic and mobility restrictions have especially impacted
vulnerable people, such as migrant workers, stateless persons, those who seek
refuge from conflict zones, residents in rural and remote areas, persons with
disabilities, people living in troubled or violent households, and those who
are socio-economically deprived.In the efforts to design the ‘new normal’, it
is vital to elevate and include voices from the ground, specifically in
relation to freedom of movement and the rights of people on the move seeking
better opportunities and a decent life. How we perceive and portray the
vulnerable plays a critical role in moving towards healthier, more equal, and
freer Southeast Asian societies. Furthermore, narratives exposing structural
inequalities may present insights into how people develop social strategies
in order to move and survive in a post-pandemic region. Hence, this special
issue serves to foster critical consciousness on lived experiences of
(im)mobility, human rights, and freedoms, as well as ways to achieve
better normal for all in Southeast
Asia.Contributors are invited to reflect and respond to the following guide

  • How has COVID-19 impacted lived experiences
    and trends of (im)mobility in Southeast Asia?
  • What are
    the social, political and/or economic impacts induced or exacerbated by the
    pandemic in relation to the nexus between mobility, rights and
  • How is the new normal perceived on the
    ground, particularly by those made vulnerable by the COVID-19
  • What can be done to achieve a new, better
    normal with respect to the rights of people on the move and/or freedom of
    movement in the region?

We are particularly interested
in publishing work that lifts up the voices of people on the move and
exploring (im)mobility in its many varied forms. For this issue, we
especially encourage writers from and based in Southeast Asia to submit their
proposals.We are also keen on receiving pieces that analyse current news
about migration and (im)mobility, or reflect on cultural developments related
to these topics.Articles should address a broad audience, made of experts and
non-experts, and should be originally written
in English or Spanish.

When: The
deadline for proposals is 2 January

How: If you are interested
in proposing a submission for this issue, please send us a short abstract no
longer than 250 words via email to: We
would also like to hear about your relationship to migration and mobility (if
you are a migrant, a researcher, a student, a practitioner…).

More Info: Call
for Submissions February 2022 | Routed Magazine

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