Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)

Special Issue On: E-Diasporas

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Tori Arthur (Bowling Green State University, USA)
Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University, USA)

With the growth of international (im)migration and work through digital space across time zones and in the last decade, the Internet and related wireless and mobile technologies have become crucial for members of various diasporic communities seeking to connect with both their countries of origin and their host nations. Connections are established not only through social media and email, but also through money transfers, philanthropy and business, gaming and related virtual environments. For instance, Internet use facilitates information gathering efforts of (im)migrants searching for potential host countries, assists (im)migrants’ acculturation practices after migration, and advances the socio-economic development of diasporic subjects and those they may have left behind. In addition, we also have new forms of digital diaspora that occur through offshore labor forces that have their bodies in their “home” nations, but work in time zones and relational socio-financial and organizational spaces that exist “in diaspora.”

The co-editors of this special issue aim to understand the rhizomatic nature of migrant communities in a twenty-first century climate, where the increasing use of online spaces influences the creation of diaspora politics, identity formation (or reclamation in the new nation), and the conception of new meanings of the terms ‘home’ and ‘homeland.’ Thus, this issue endeavors to expand ongoing conversations about dispersed global communities and the ways they relate to communications and information technologies. The International Journal of E-Politics is interdisciplinary, so we welcome any disciplinary, theoretical, or methodological approach.

Recommended Topics
  • Emerging or new definitions of ‘e-diasporas’
  • Mobile money, financial investments, debt and e-diasporas
  • The meaning of ‘home’ for dispersed populations
  • The differences between ‘digital diasporas’ and ‘e-diasporas’
  • Post-colonial and subaltern ‘e-diasporas’ (Dalit, Roma, etc.)
  • Online communities for leisure or play (film viewing and discussions in online spaces, gaming, creating hobby guilds, etc.)
  • Political participation in ‘e-diasporas’
  • The use of online spaces to create (social and political) communities in the host nation
  • Identity construction and the Internet
  • Usage of social media to ‘click and connect’ with ‘home’

Submission Procedure
Researchers from any field of enquiry that deals with e-diasporas broadly defined are invited to submit papers for this themed issue. All submissions are due by October 15, 2015. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Tori Arthur (Bowling Green State University, USA)
Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University, USA)
All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be sent through the online submission system: