CALL FOR PAPERS: Special edition the South African Crime Quarterly in December 2017

The December 2017 edition of South African Crime Quarterly is a special edition dedicated to the issue of protest. We invite submissions from interested authors on the topic.

Protests are undoubtedly central to South Africa’s history and politics – so much so that the right to protest is a protected right under the country’s Constitution. While post-apartheid democracy should arguably have reduced the impetus for protest, we have instead seen a proliferation of civil disobedience: against service delivery failures, against fees for tertiary education, against corruption and even against our president.

Notwithstanding the right to protest enshrined in the constitution, recent years have provided a vivid illustration of the clash between the institutions and the state on the one hand, and their respective communities on the other. Protestors have been arrested and criminalised, some have been injured and killed at the hands of state police and private security forces. While activists view protest an important tactic to push for change, its moral justification has been widely criticised in public discourse given its often violent nature.

The December 2017 edition of SACQ will present contributions that address the issue of protest and the legal, policy and criminal justice systems issues that arise. We invite submissions of empirical research and theoretical articles that address this focus.

South African Crime Quarterly is an inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal that promotes professional discourse and the publication of research on the subjects of crime, criminal justice, crime prevention, and related matters including state and non-state responses to crime and violence. South Africa is the primary focus for the journal but articles that reflect research and analysis from other African countries are considered for publication, if they are of relevance to South Africa. In such instances authors should make this relevance clear. 

Expressions of interest: Please submit an abstract of one page or less, in which you set out the themes to be explored in your proposed article. Abstracts should be submitted to the guest editor Kelley Moult:

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit completed papers for peer review. Full papers should be between 3000 and 6000 words (including endnotes).

Deadline for submitting abstracts:   31 July 2017

Deadline for submitting papers:       1 September 2017

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