Call for Papers - Thematic Dossier: REMHU, n. 69 (december 2023) - n. 70 (april 2024)


The issue 69 of the Journal REMHU (December 2023),  will be published with a dossier about: "Educational challenges of contemporary human mobility". Deadline for submission of articles is August 10, 2023.

The Issue n. 70 of the Journal (April 2024), will be published with a Dossier on: "Abdelmalek Sayad: Migration, State and Historical Amnesia". Deadline for submission of articles is January 10, 2024. Gustavo Dias e Gennaro Avallone (Guest Editors)


Issue No. 69 of the REMHU Journal, December 2023, will include a dossier on the theme: Educational challenges of contemporary human mobility. The deadline for submitting articles is August 10, 2023.

Education plays a huge role in our society. At school, in addition to learning content, reading, writing, and numbers... it is where we get in touch with part of our cultural and moral codes, and we learn to live with different people and realities. Educational training is part of the construction of human identity. In the words of Edgar Morin, "Education must contribute to the self-training of the person (teaching to assume the human condition, teaching to live) and teaching how to become a citizen" (2003, p. 65).

Therefore, educational institutions are also spaces of power relations and conflicts, where there are disputes related to the specific interests of the people involved. From this perspective, pedagogical practices may follow "banking" or "liberating" dynamics, as Paulo Freire (1983) pointed out.

In this context of extreme relevance and conflict in educational spaces, the figure of the migrant person is inserted. When we think about the possible relations between migration and education, some issues are focused on and discussed in positive terms: the school system can be a place of incorporation of migrants; it allows interaction and coexistence, with the possibility of promoting reciprocal recognition; it contributes to learning the local language, as well as the typical values of the place of residence; it enables social mobility, especially of new generations.

However, school institutions, in their different spheres, can also be the stage of rights violations: difficulties encountered by migrant people, children, young people, and adults, in the receiving countries with regard to access to the educational system; the bureaucratic processes of revalidation of diplomas; experiences of discrimination and bullying; shortcomings of specific psycho-pedagogical pathways for newly arrived non-national students; reduced appreciation of the cultures and knowledge of the lands of origin; poor training of teaching staff in relation to intercultural training pathways; school dropout or low performance as a result of the need for activities for sustenance, among others.

The objective of number 69 of REMHU, Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana (December 2023) is precisely to deepen and reflect on the challenges of the presence of migrants and refugees in educational institutions, at different levels of education, aiming at the promotion of inclusive, intercultural, and liberating pedagogical processes.

It is possible to list several themes related to education, which are associated with the challenges of migrants in the societies of destination. This Dossier is interested in articles that address the following topics, in a non-exclusive way:

- Public policies for access and inclusion of migrants in the education system

- Migrants and their challenges in basic education (including gender-related challenges)

- Revalidation of diplomas

- Popular education and migration

- Discrimination, xenophobia, and bullying in educational institutions

- Challenges of learning the local language

- Intercultural and liberating education

- School education for migrants and social mobility

- Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair (CSVM)


Submitted articles should be between 35,000-45,000 characters with spaces (including notes and bibliography) and may be written in English, Italian, Portuguese, French or Spanish. They must describe original research which is not published nor currently under review elsewhere. All submissions will go through the REMHU’s regular peer (double blind) review process. Other information such as bibliographic standards with which all authors are obliged to comply may be found on the REMHU website or on the website of SciELO: 

Manuscripts should be submitted online at:

Bibliographic references

FREIRE, Paulo. A pedagogia do oprimido. Rio de Janeiro: Paz e Terra, 1987.

MORIN, Edgar. A cabeça bem-feita: repensar a reforma, reformar o pensamento. Rio de Janeiro: Bertrand Brasil, 2003.


Issue number 70 of the Journal, from April 2024, will include a dossier on the theme: "Abdelmalek Sayad: Migration, State, and Historical Amnesia." Deadline for article submission is January 10, 2024.

Gustavo Dias and Gennaro Avallone (Guest Editors)


Abdelmalek Sayad (1933-1998) is an important analyst of the migration phenomenon. However, he is an author whose work is still not yet well-known in the Brazilian academia, as well as in in the Spanish and English ones. The reasons range from the limited translation of his texts - primarily written in French - to the small number of Brazilian (and Spanish and English speaking) researchers dedicated to studying and interpreting his work. Through a consistent bibliographic production mainly dedicated to Algerian migration, Sayad denounced the brutal French colonial system in the Maghreb and, subsequently, the ambiguous Algerian nationalism and the contradictory migration policies driven by Europe since the Cold War. Throughout his intellectual trajectory, he developed important and still relevant conceptual tools to understand the state control over the ongoing migration movements.

Sayad approaches the migration phenomenon through a meticulous socio-historical analysis that critically exposes how the subject, under migratory conditions, is produced and managed both by the country of origin and the receiving country. Locked in an asymmetric power relationship, the migrants, the country of origin, and the receiving country share, as defined by Sayad himself, the “illusion of temporality”. This burden is exclusively carried by the migrants. Reduced to the dimension of temporary labour and devoid of political life “here” and “there”, their existential condition is constantly dependent on the political decisions between the two states, which, in turn, do not equally share the power of decision-making regarding migrants. Not by chance, the constant evidence of the colonial legacy, present in the unequal agreements signed between an industrialized France in need of cheap labour and a newly independent Algeria sustained by an exclusionary nationalism, were constant and present concerns for Sayad in his studies on the control of Algerian migration across the Mediterranean.

For Sayad, the critical scrutiny of state narratives, considered official, becomes an important epistemological tool to expose to the public the intentional “Historical Amnesia” produced by them, which aims to erase the historical power relations present in the management of migrant groups. In this vein, terms recurrently used by the state, academia, and the media such as “migration crisis”, “integration”, “asylum”, “naturalization”, “exile”, “minorities”, and “identity” demand a critical socio-historical understanding of their respective formulations and uses. More than seemingly technical terms, they veil historical relationships of violence and state domination over migrant populations in conditions of vulnerability or structural subalternity.

Therefore, it is around the strategic production of “historical amnesia” by the countries of origin and receiving countries, critically unfolded by Sayad, and its implications for migrant population, that we intend to focus our reflection in the dossier “Abdelmalek Sayad: Migration, State, and Historical Amnesia” for REMHU, Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Mobility.

Among the possible focal points, we highlight:

  • The current relevance of the categories used and developed by Sayad in the study of contemporary migrations.
  • The role of state thought in the production of vocabulary used in public debate and by international organizations to define and understand migratory processes.
  • Official archives and data in the potential production of “historical amnesia” regarding migrant groups.
  • The intricate asymmetrical relationship between the country of origin and the destination country in the production of “historical amnesia” about migrants.
  • The relationship between the structure of the international division of labor and different processes of spatial mobility.
  • Current migration processes compared to international migration policies in different geographical areas of the planet.
  • The condition of respect for human rights within the framework of the current migratory regime.


The article (unpublished; between 35,000 to 45,000 characters with spaces) can be written in Spanish, English, Italian, French, or Portuguese and will be evaluated by two referees. The publication guidelines are available at:

Manuscripts should be submitted to the REMHU Journal through the electronic manuscript submission portal: