Call for Papers – The Rohingya Crisis: A Multidimensional Tragedy

August 24, 2018

The Rohingya Crisis sparked by the 25 August 2017 attacks on Government forces by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in Rakhine State, Myanmar, triggered one of the worst humanitarian crises in contemporary history – “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing”. In a matter of a few months over 750,000 Rohingya people, mostly women and children, fled to Bangladesh. Five months later, as of 23 January 2018, the Rohingya were subjected to a repatriation agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar that was postponed. The current human rights discourse centers on pointing out the discrimination practices against the Rohingyas, the failure of moral leadership previously embodied in Aung San Suu Kyi, the impotence of ASEAN, the need for accountability for atrocities committed by the Myanmar military and the determination of voluntariness when the Rohingya refugees are repatriated. This call invites contributions that go beyond and delve deeper into this multidimensional tragedy. It is an opportunity for researchers who have been investigating different aspects of the crisis to highlight their work.  Researchers of selected papers will be invited to participate in a 1 day conference in Bangkok, to mark the anniversary of one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes in Southeast Asia. Selected papers will be compiled and published as an edited volume.


Key Themes:  Papers will address critical issues spanning the following themes –

  • ARSA : Unpack ARSA’s role in the crisis
  • Development: Evaluate economic growth’s role for values change
  • Elites: Dissect the elites’ conflicting interests
  • Fake News: Examine the role of misinformation in generating violence
  • Geopolitics: Capture the external global and regional power dimensions
  • Hosts: Examine the role of Bangladesh and other destination countries
  • Human Trafficking: Identify illicit networks and their exploitative practices
  • Identity:  Sketch the competing ethnic and religious political positions
  • Prejudice: Explain the inflexible attitudes against the Rohingyas
  • Rakhine Perspective: Articulate the majority-minority dimensions
  • SGBV: Analyse the different sexual and gender based violence



Dr. James Gomez & Dr. Robin Ramcharan


Submission Guidelines:

Submit your abstract (and eventual final papers) to:


An initial 300 word abstract should be sent to Dr. James Gomez and Dr. Robin Ramcharan by 28 February 2018. Full papers will be due by 1 June 2018 and will be peer reviewed. Research articles should be between 5,000 to 6,000 words (incl. footnotes and references).


Project Coordination

As part of this project, a coordination meeting with selected authors is scheduled at Asia Centre, Bangkok, for 24 August 2018, marking the one year anniversary of the attacks by ARSA in Rakhine State. The meeting shall take stock of the latest developments and finalize the selected papers. Authors will thereafter revise their papers, which shall be submitted to the publisher on 1 October 2018.


Project Financing

This is a self-funded project. Hence, each participant is requested to contribute US$ 300 net, which will cover the costs of the meeting, catering, communication as well as editorial costs. Authors shall secure their own funds for travel, daily subsistence and accommodation while in Bangkok.


Important Dates:


  • Abstract due: 28 February 2018
  • Full papers due: 1 June 2018
  • Authors’ Workshop: 24 August 2018
  • Submission to publisher: 1 October 2018
  • Date of publication: First quarter 2019
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