Chronicle of
Asylum, Refugees
and Displacement

above: Founding Faculty Dr. Muhammad Zaman discussing student involvement in short-term abroad programs.

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Mission Statement

CARD is an interdisciplinary, international, open-access journal, publishing articles, art, and argument concerned with forced displacement. We welcome contributions from any academic field, policy perspective, or artistic style with great potential interest to a wide readership. CARD is committed to the principle that researchers, artists, activists, and asylum seekers themselves must work together to find solutions to the crisis of forced displacement, and they must first be able to communicate with each other. CARD: all identities and destinations.

What is Displacement?
CARD addresses the concerns of asylum seekers, refugees, and those who are forcibly displaced — by violence, persecution, social/economic circumstances, environmental disaster, or other challenges. Many of those who have been forcibly displaced are not included in the legal definition of “refugee” and fall outside the purview of the UNHCR. There is value to considering these groups in relation to each other, as they help to clarify the inadequacies of the systems in place to define and support refugees. We hope the pages of CARD will address the experiences of internally displaced peoples in Yemen, unhoused people [or people experiencing homelessness] in Boston, those living in informal tented settlements in Lebanon, asylees resettled in Berlin, Native Americans experiencing intergenerational displacement, and beyond 

What does Home Mean?
CARD’s inaugural issue will be focused on the topic of “home,” broadly construed, as explored by emerging scholars, artists, and activists. Recognizing that it could be considered counterintuitive for the first issue of the Chronicle of Asylum, Refugees, and Displacement to focus on the topic of “home,” we emphasize that the concept of “home” is intertwined with and best understood in relation to “displacement” or variations on the lack of permanent homes. With the rise of COVID-19, humans have been forcibly placed and displaced at alarming rates and in unexpected ways.  For those who are displaced, their process of creating and finding home may need to be continuously reimagined.  This issue seeks to explore the many definitions of “home,” many of which are contradictory and exclusionary, to consider how individuals have been displaced, placed, and constantly in movement across time, space, and various disciplines.
 
Submissions on the topic of “Home” will be accepted from all disciplines and anyone who self identifies as “Emerging.”  Please see the submission guidelines below for various formats of submission.  In each, we ask that creators and authors give a brief statement on how their piece relates to the concept of “Home.” Submissions will undergo internal peer review from CARD’s editorial board, which spans across disciplines. 

Brief Genre Descriptions

 

Some pieces may not fit easily in these generic categories, please follow best practices in the field or disciplinary areas.  Please reach out to ifd@bu.edu for clarifications.

 

Research 

In this category, CARD seeks research papers and articles.  We are interested in submissions which explore the topic of Home from a research lens.  We welcome genres broadly encapsulated by the term of research, including but not limited to research studies, data collection, and aggregated data.

 

Research submissions should not exceed 15-30 pages (Tables, figures included) Word count (7000-16000).  In promoting the multimedia nature of this journal, figures and data can be in color, excepting red and green.  Otherwise, please use greyscale. All work should be original and previously unpublished.  

 

Creative Writing/Narrative

In this category, CARD seeks written works that feature original expression. We are interested in submissions which explore the topic of Home from a narrative lens. We welcome genres broadly encapsulated by the terms of creative writing, including but limited to poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, and scripts. 

 

Poetry submissions should not exceed 500 words. Narrative nonfiction should not exceed 20 pages.  All other submissions should be no more than 10,000 words in length.  In promoting the multimedia nature of this journal, for any poems and other short pieces, we strongly encourage the author to submit an MP3 audio recording alongside the written submission where possible. All work should be original and previously unpublished. 

Narrative

In this category, CARD seeks original pieces that reflect on or relate to forced displacement. All submissions to the journal or newsletter must be original writing by the author(s) who submit it. We anticipate most submissions will be fiction or creative non-fiction, but if you feel that your work fits the interests of CARD, but does not fall neatly into either of those categories, please contact us at ifd@bu.edu. Narrative submissions may use technical terms relevant to the discipline, but the piece and the language as a whole should be accessible to a general audience. Submissions should be between 5 and 20 pages in length, and do not need to include footnotes or references.

 

Ethnography

In this category, CARD seeks ethnographic fieldwork.  We are interested in submissions which explore the topic of Home from an ethnographic lens.  We welcome genres broadly encapsulated by the term of ethnography, including but not limited to research studies, participant observation data, life histories, and collective narratives.
 

Ethnography submissions should be between 25-40 pages (tables and figures included). In promoting the multimedia nature of this journal, we will allow attachment of visual or auditory data. All work should be original and previously unpublished. 

 

Please keep the use of tables to a minimum, and number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. When using table footnotes, place footnotes below the table using superscript lowercase letters.

 

Op-Eds

In this category, CARD seeks written works that engage with the topic of forced displacement in an argumentative fashion which presents the author(s) opinion. We are interested in submissions which explore the topic of Home from a personal lens. 

 

Op-Ed submissions should not exceed 700-1000 words. In promoting the multimedia nature of this journal, for Op-Ed, we strongly encourage the author to submit an MP3 audio recording alongside the written submission where possible. All work should be original and previously unpublished.
 

Multimedia

In this category, CARD seeks submission of visual and auditory multimedia work, including but not limited to paintings, visual anthropology, podcasts, sculpture, dance, and photography.

 

Submission requirements include a page-long artist’s statement explaining the connection of the piece to forced displacement and the theoretical and/or creative perspectives explored. 

 

Acceptable formats - PNG, JPEG, MP3, MP4, MOV

External media still considered, please reach out to ifd@bu.edu to further discuss.