Call For Papers: Migration, Trafficking, and Libya

Deadline: May 1, 2019

We are pleased to invite submissions for the second issue of Lamma: A Journal of Libyan Studies, for publication in late 2019.

For this issue of Lamma, we aim to bring together scholars who work on understanding, analyzing, comparing, or theorizing migration, smuggling, and trafficking into, across, and out of Libya. We seek to provide a place for research on the current dangerous and difficult phenomenon of migration from Libya across the Mediterranean to Europe, or smuggling and trafficking between North African countries, as well as internal displacement. But, in additional, we want to think about these phenomena in their broader social and historical contexts, from the trans-Saharan slave trade to the interconnected local histories of regimes and revolutions. A critical account of migration cannot be given without a critical understanding of borders, and for that reason we also seek work which addresses social phenomena which exist across and despite borders or which addresses the increasing reach of European borders into northern Africa. Above all, we are interested in research which thinks broadly but with nuance about the place of Libya in discussions of migration, whether as a nation-state, a society, and or a concept.

Papers which address under-researched, misunderstood, or overlooked aspects and intersections of migration, borders, and movement within, throughout, and across the Libyan space are particularly welcome. We are keen on papers which are based in recent fieldwork, which bring new historical material to bear on understanding migration and Libya, or which bring new critical theoretical perspectives to the field.

To submit a paper, send your manuscript as a .docx and .pdf file to, with “Issue 2 Submission” as the subject line, following the formatting guidelines at

Preview: First Issue

The first issue of Lamma: A Journal of Libyan Studies is currently in production. The inaugural issue features a complex tapestry of perspectives on Libya and is enriched by several disciplinary approaches, including gender studies, political science, and history. Authors include world-renowned expert on Libya, Lisa Anderson, who offers an insightful and critical review of several popular books published about Libya in the last decade. She writes:

“Few countries are so unsettled; like a pool of water, Libya as often seems to reflect images of those who peer into it as it reveals its own depths.”

Anderson emphasizes that the English language texts she reviewed were published within five years of the revolution and are almost entirely authored by Europeans or Americans with the exception of Hisham Matar, a British-Libyan novelist who penned a memoir about his return to Libya after enduring years of political exile.

Anderson’s review is part of the inaugural issue, which will be published online soon. To learn more about submitting to Lamma, visit our submission page for more details!