Call for Submissions – Vol. 4, No. 4 The Next Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and COVID-19

Deadline: 27 August 2020

We are currently accepting submissions for our November 2020-January 2021 issue, in which scholars and experts will critically discuss The Next Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and COVID-19. The African continent is no stranger to pandemics, with Ebola ravaging several countries like Liberia and Nigeria between 2013 and 2016, and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, we would like our authors to critically discuss the lessons from Ebola and COVID-19 and their implications for Africa and the wider international community. We welcome submissions with a focus on Africa on any following topics:

Lessons from Ebola and COVID-19 in Africa, with focus on the economic impacts of epidemics and innovative approaches to last-mile healthcare delivery;

⎈ Resources versus Expertise: what determines the success of outbreak responses?;

⎈ Are epidemics signs that human connection is in crisis? Special focus on the impact of pandemics on traditionally marginalized groups such as women, ethnic minorities and lower/working classes;

⎈ Western drug trials in Africa, human rights violations and Africa’s global status; 

⎈ What is the ideal technological architecture of an epidemic/pandemic response? How useful has technology been in recent interventions across Africa?;

⎈ Is there a role for local communities and local community leaders in dealing with epidemics?;

⎈ Governance, epidemics and biopolitics i.e. how do politics shape the ways in which the impacts of epidemics play out across different demographics?;

⎈ The role of prominent sectors such as technology, military and finance in providing resources and assistance in the fight against epidemics; and

Other relevant topics in International Affairs including but not limited to culture and politics.

We are looking for analytical and engaging essays, lectures, speeches, reading lists and book reviews that, without sacrificing analytical rigour, can serve as authoritative/definitive subject-matter guides to readers that may have limited knowledge on the issue.

We expect submissions in the range of 1,500 to 5,000 words and will be accepting first drafts until 23:59 (WAT) Thursday 27th August 2020.

Authors of accepted submissions to this issue will be paid. Read our guidelines on submitting here and our style guide for details on spelling and formatting.

To submit, please upload your submission here (you will need to log in or register to fill the form).