CfP: Special issue entitled “Children and Armed Conflicts: Fates, Consequences, and Reflections”


Submission date extended to May 31, 2024.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue:

“Children and Armed Conflicts: Fates, Consequences, and Reflections”

From the twentieth century to the present day, armed conflicts have increasingly affected children and influenced their fates. Children have been forced to become direct participants in wars and other forms of violent conflict. The plight of children in armed conflicts mirrors that of the adult population in many respects. Children have been killed as the result of genocidal policies and forced to become killers themselves. Between these two extremes, armed conflicts and violence have had a wide range of impacts on children’s physical and mental health, education, and upbringing. Forced migration during or subsequent to such conflicts exacerbates children’s suffering, as it delays, complicates, or even makes it impossible to relieve their suffering. Migration transfers both the children themselves and the social issues associated with them to countries that may or may not be directly involved in war. Such countries are often ill-equipped to deal with the problems of child refugees materially, institutionally, or conceptually.

This call for papers solicits contributions covering a broad, heterogeneous number of topics connected with children and armed conflicts, in the context of North America, Europe, and post-Soviet Eurasia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Proposed subtopics may focus upon, but are not limited to:

  • forms of abuse of children in particular conflicts
  • war propaganda and children
  • children in the military and other armed groups
  • social impacts of wars and other armed violence on children
  • the life of children in war zones
  • orphans produced by war
  • war children
  • migration, child displacement, and refugee issues connected with wars
  • state-organized forced deportation and “re-education” of children
  • the psychopathology of war-related trauma
  • international humanitarian law, child protection, and armed conflicts
  • crimes against children in the context of modern armed conflicts
  • international efforts to support children in armed conflicts
  • the victimization of children due to war in literature, the visual arts, and cinema
  • methodological trends in the research on children and armed conflicts

Submitted articles should be in English and should ideally be 6,000 to 9,000 words long (excluding footnotes and abstract). Submissions should be sent to the journal’s editorial team at or uploaded via Studia Territorialia’s journal management system. Authors should consult the submission guidelines on the journal’s website for further instructions and preferred style. All contributions will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Abstract submission deadline (no more than 300 words): extended to March 20, 2024.
Notification of status and next steps: March 31, 2024.
Article submission deadline: May 31, 2024.

Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Studia Territorialia is a leading Czech peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on area studies. It covers the history and the social, political, and cultural affairs of the nations of North America, Europe, and post-Soviet Eurasia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal is published by the Institute of International Studies of Charles University, Prague. It is indexed in the SCOPUS, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, DOAJ, and CEEOL databases and others.

Please feel free to direct inquiries to the editors at