Call for abstracts: Reconciliation in South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy

Call for abstracts:
Reconciliation in South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy
Editors: Kate Lefko-Everett, Rajen Govender and Don Foster

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was founded in 2001, following the conclusion of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and with the purpose of bringing the Commission’s recommendations to life in democratic South Africa.
At the time, the Institute’s founding members determined that progress in meeting these goals – as well as the advancement of reconciliation and the democratic transition more broadly – was impeded by a lack of rigorous and reliable public opinion data on issues such as tolerance and relations between different historically-defined race groups, shared understanding of the events of South Africa’s apartheid past, political attitudes and trust in the new government, and commitment to nation-building and a new national identity. Empirical inquiry into how South Africans understood the idea of reconciliation, and degrees of consensus and dissent, was almost non-existent.
For these reasons, in 2002 the IJR conducted an exploratory study that set out to identify the ‘meanings and associations South Africans attribute to the concept of reconciliation’, as well as to ask questions about where and how the reconciliation process is located, to evaluate national leadership and to gauge assessments of the country’s attempts to ‘deal with the unfinished business of its past’ (Lombard, 2003).
The results of this initial study provided the foundation for the development of the Reconciliation Barometer survey, conducted annually from 2003 to 2013 with the specific aim of measuring progress and change in the South African reconciliation process. The SARB also aimed to:
 Produce reliable quantitative data that would add new depth to previous anecdotal efforts to monitor reconciliation as well as complement qualitative research on the subject;
 Encourage public debate through the release of these findings; and
 Provide this data to other stakeholders, including NGOs, policy-makers, researchers and academics.
SARB indicators and hypotheses fall within six central thematic areas: political culture; human security; cross-cutting political relations; historical confrontation; race relations; and dialogue.

The SARB survey has been, and remains the only comprehensive source of rigorous quantitative data tracking progress in reconciliation, as well as other socio-political trends during a period of profound significance and change in South Africa’s history.
After 20 years of democracy, and with a decade of successive survey rounds, the IJR is producing an edited collection dedicated specifically to the analysis and interpretation of public opinion on reconciliation and transition in South Africa.
The IJR invites interested academics, researchers, social scientists and practitioners to submit abstracts to be considered for publication in this edited collection.
The minimum requirement for proposed book chapters is the use of SARB survey data from either a single or multiple survey rounds, by use of either the actual data or survey findings. This may be supplemented with other quantitative or qualitative data, as per the author’s choice.
Full survey questionnaires can be provided upon request, but possible topic/thematic areas may include the following:
 Role of democratic institutions in promoting/inhibiting reconciliation
 Reconciliation in an unequal economy
 Rule of law under a democratic justice system
 Multi-racial party politics after 20 years of democracy
 Political legitimacy and trust in leadership
 Protest and new modes of citizen agency
 Race relations, tolerance and integration
 Identity and nation-building
 Employment equity and workplace transformation
 Contesting or confirming the “contact hypothesis”
 Understanding/confronting the past
 Social cohesion/fractures in democratic South Africa

In addition to taking stock in progress in reconciliation, proposed chapters that are forward-looking and push the boundaries and contribute to new research and theory on reconciliation are welcomed and encouraged.

Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts of 250 – 300 words by 18 July 2014 to the commissioning editor on
Abstracts and papers should be submitted in Times New Roman 12, with 1.5 spacing and using Harvard referencing style.
Upon acceptance of abstracts, authors will be provided access to survey datasets in SPSS, as well as all relevant documentation including questionnaires, methodological information, etc.
Authors will be requested to attend a workshop in Cape Town, with travel expenses covered, on 22 August 2014.
Final chapters should be approximately 10,000 words, and will be subject to both scientific edits and peer reviews.

Authors interested in submitting abstracts for single-authored chapters are encouraged to do so, and will receive an honorarium for their contribution upon successful delivery of a final draft, provided this is within specified timeframes and meets the editorial and quantitative methodology standards required for publication.
In addition, in the interest of encouraging submissions from a wide range of contributors from different fields of thought and study, the IJR has also identified researchers with statistical data analysis expertise who are available for co-authorship and to provide support, under the conceptual direction of the lead proposing author. The proposing author will receive lead author credit, and the honorarium will be shared.

18 July: 2014 Abstract
25 July: 2014 Notification of Acceptance of Abstract
22 August: 2014 Author’s workshop
1 October 2014: First Draft
15 November 204: Final Draft

All abstracts and queries should be directed to:
Kate Lefko-Everett, Commissioning Editor / 083 287 4089

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