Contemporary Social Science call for papers: Biographical Research – Challenges and Creativity

December 19, 2016

Call for Papers – Contemporary Social Science

Special Issue: Biographical Research – Challenges and Creativity

Emerging trends in biographical research are introducing new investigative challenges that merit further reflection, analysis and comparability. This special issue brings together papers from different social sciences that deal with such challenges and with the specific dilemmas posed by the practice of biographical research. This is aimed at promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulating reflexivity on the processes of collection, construction and interpretation of biographical accounts.

We encourage the submission of original articles, preferably empirically based, that address one or more of the following topics (although not necessarily limited to them):

  • methodological issues, such as the mobilisation of mixed methods, the comparability of data, the potential of computer assisted qualitative data analysis, and the complementary analysis of secondary data (i.e. life calendars, timelines, visual aids, locus control exercises, etc.);
  • theoretical-analytical issues, which can include the analysis of counter-trend pathways, inter and intra heterogeneity of life contexts, coping mechanisms facing crises, or the internal lives of subjects;
  • epistemological issues, such as the social processes involved in data collection, the relationship between researchers and participants, or the impact of knowledge on the studied realities.

Manuscripts should follow the usual instructions for electronic submission of papers to Contemporary Social Science. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page for more details. Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the special issue. The Editors of this issue would be happy to review plans for papers in advance of their receipt. All papers will be peer reviewed. The closing date for submitting papers is 30th June 2017.

The corresponding Guest Editors for this issue are:

Ana Caetano:

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Magda Nico:

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Call for Papers – Contemporary Social Science