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RCSS Journal

Post-Disciplinary Studies of Global Affairs

Call for Papers

The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) is a South Asian regional think tank, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Established in 1992, it is an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental organization, which encourages research, dialogue, and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict. RCSS enables scholars and other professionals to address, individually and collectively, problems and issues of topical interest for all South Asian countries. It strives to be a leading regional institute that initiates, coordinates, and supports research and learning on South Asian strategic and security issues.

In order to create a platform for both regional and international knowledge on global affairs, RCSS is pleased to call for papers for the first issue of RCSS Journal: Post-Disciplinary Studies of Global Affairs. RCSS Journal is the flagship journal of RCSS, and it also serves as the first journal dedicated to post-disciplinary studies of global affairs.

In this context, it is better to distinguish terms such as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary from post-disciplinary. Interdisciplinary study can be generally described as a study that combines and integrates different disciplines in order to produce knowledge. Multidisciplinary, on the other hand, produces knowledge by approaching the problem from different disciplinary perspectives. However, post-disciplinary approach rejects, as critical advocates would contend, “the discursive and organizational construction (and worse, the fetishisation and parochialism) of disciplinary boundaries.” In this light, post-disciplinary approach remains more open to out-of-box thinking and creative nurturing of ideas, particularly in the backdrop of globalization and the demise of ‘centrism’ and ‘statist’ resolution of things.

Since the emergence of postmodernism and the influence of thinkers including Foucault, Derrida, Spivak, Deleuze, Nandy, Murakami, Arundhati Roy, and many others, the boundaries of disciplines have been challenged. Adding to this intellectual setting, events such as 9/11, the rise of ISIS, Brexit, and the election of Trump have puzzled scholars who have been working on traditional boundaries of global affairs. As a result, RCSS Journal: Post-Disciplinary Studies of Global Affairs will be an excellent platform for scholars who are willing to go ‘beyond the discipline’ to voice and exchange their ideas with a larger international community.

RCSS Journal: Post-Disciplinary Studies of Global Affairs is a peer-reviewed, online journal which will be published biannually (June and December). Scholars who are interested in the following themes can send their papers before 7 May to <> or <>.


  • Critical Studies and Reinventing Knowledge
  • Post-Nationalism and Post-secularism
  • Beyond Modernity and Modern State
  • Post-Democracy
  • Climate Change
  • Water Futures
  • Urban Space and Livelihood
  • Idea of South Asia/Africa/Europe
  • Refugees and Migration
  • Global Terrorism
  • Mass killing and Human Rights
  • Civilizational Quests of Humans
  • Innovation in Education

All the articles should not exceed 5000 words and have to be in either .doc or .docx format. All writers should follow the Author-date (Harvard) system for references (examples are given below). The first page of the paper should include Title, Name/s of Author/s, Affiliation/s of Author(s) (if applicable), Acknowledgements (If applicable) and the second page should include an abstract with 200-250 words.

Imtiaz Ahmed is the editor of RCSS Journal: Post-Disciplinary Studies of Global Affairs. He is the Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

International Research Committee

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Muchkund Dubey

President, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India

Dipak Gyawali

Pragya (Academician), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal; Chair, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, Nepal

Sohail Inayatullah

UNESCO Chair, Future Studies

Halimullah Kousary

Head of Research, Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS), Kabul, Afghanistan

Zia Mian

Co-director, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, USA

S. D. Muni

Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India

Aishath Ali Naaz

Founder, Maldives Institute for Psychological Services, Training & Research (MIPSTAR), Maldives; Clinical Psychologist; Gang Specialist and Researcher

Sasanka Perera

Vice President and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University, New Delhi, India

Pema Thinley

Former Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan

Jayadeva Uyangoda

Senior Professor of Political Science and Public Policy (retd.), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Surichai Wun’ Gaeo

Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Iftekhar Zaman

Executive Director, Transparency International, Bangladesh

Detailed style of referencing:

In-text Citation 

  • (Vogel 1989)
  • (Vogel 1989, 34)
  • (Yogman et al. 1976)



  • Institute of South Asian Studies, Peking University. 1994. A Collection of Historical Source Materials on South Asia from Chinese Literature, Vol. I, Shanghai: Shanghai Old Texts Press.
  • Ji Xianlin. 1991. History of Sino-Indian Cultural Interactions, Beijing: Xinhua Press.
  • Vogel, Ezra. 1989. One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong under Reform. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters:

  • Cheng, Joseph Y S. 2003. ‘Guangdong: The Challenges of the WTO’, in Joseph Y S Cheng (ed.), Guangdong: Preparing for the WTO Challenge. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, pp. 1-34.
  • Zhang, Tie Jun. 2005. ‘China: Towards Regional Actor and World Player’, in Mary Farrell, Bjorn Hettne and Luk van Langenhove (eds.), Global Politics of Regionalism: Theory and Practice. London and Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pluto Press, 237–51.

Journal Articles:

  • Chao, Chien-min. 2003. ‘Will Economic Integration between Mainland China and Taiwan Lead to a Congenial Political Culture?’, Asian Survey, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, March/April, 280-304.
  • Shambaugh, David. 1996. ‘China’s Military in Transition: Politics, Professionalism, Procurement and Power Projection’, China Quarterly, Vol. 146, June, 265–98. 

Online Articles:

  • East Day Daily. 2004a. ‘Yangtze Delta exports soar’, 13 August, (accessed on 15 July 2010).
  • East Day Daily. 2004b. “Yangtze river Delta churns on manufacturing strength’, 3 October, (accessed on 15 July 2010).
  • International Campaign for Tibet. 2003. ‘Crossing the Line: China’s Railway to Lhasa, Tibet’, Washington, D.C., Amsterdam and Berlin, (accessed on 9 May 2006).
  • Jiang Zemin. 2002. ‘Build a Well-off Society in an All-Round Way and Create a New Situation in Building Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’, report delivered at the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Xinhuanet. 8 November. (accessed on 15 April 2008).
  • Li Hongmei. 2010. ‘What to Do with Afghanistan?’, People’s Daily. 13 January, (accessed on 15 July 2010).


Unpublished Material:

  • Batisse, Cécile and Sandra Poncet. 2003. ‘Protectionism and Industry Localization in Chinese Provinces,’ paper presented at the 43rd European Congress of the Regional Science Association, Jyväskyä, Finland, 27-30 August, (accessed on 8 October 2004).
  • Meng, Liuxi. 2003. Qu Bingyun (1767–1810): One Member of Yuan Mei’s Female Disciple Group, Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of British Columbia.
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