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The Dyke Journal: Vol 15, 2021


For The Dyke Journal Vol. 15

The Covid-19 pandemic will go down in the global history as a period in which humanity was ‘paused’ to rethink, reflect, re-strategise, redefine, reconfigure and reclaim humanism and humanity; economic sense, political and governance pragmatism; mirror health and environmental safety issues; question pedagogical realism among others. Every human aspect, including the nature of life itself as previous known was ‘halted’. Fear and anxiety, hope and hopelessness; uncertainty and faith; in some cases, existential and the absurdity of life came to be dangled on the face of earth as individuals, professionals, nations as well as other global citizens once again were forced by religious dogmas, traditional and cultural truths; political rhetoric, institutional policies, historical realities, professional dexterities, scientific myths; military, police and other security aggressiveness to explain, predict, protect and suggest the way forward for humanity. For Zimbabwe, the region and Africa, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused insurmountable challenges and problems –comparatively worse or better to Asia, the East and West. However, beneath the rubble of challenges, questions emerge on whether Africa’s regeneration or continued demise in socio-economic, cultural and political repositioning is pinned and bed-rocked by Covid-19 realities; which somehow, unannounced, challenged Africa to realise that when real matters of survival are at stake, the West and East guarantees its own survival first before ‘remembering’ Africa. 

To converse and in pursuit of the aforesaid, The Dyke, a refereed Journal of Midlands State University which publishes original articles from the fields of Social
Sciences, Commerce, Humanities and Education calls; for its Volume 15, papers that vehemently unravel underlying as well as seemingly (and/or directly or indirectly) hidden dimensions of the Covid-19 global pandemic guided by, but not limited to, the following themes,

  • Covid-19 & its trajectories: African perspectives
  • To live or die? That is the question
  • Describing, naming and reporting the pandemic
  • Hunger, disease & violence: Narratives from groups at the periphery.
  • The rich & poor equalised?
  • Commercialising Indigenous Knowledge 
  • Human mobility, restrictions & rites of passage
  • Education on the brink! A rude wake-up call: prospects & opportunities 
  • Dog-eat-dog or entrepreneurship?
  • Pandemics & economics: The value of disruptions
  • Music, art and performing the pandemic
  • Serendipities caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Images of war: The police, military and civil ‘disobedience’
  • Covid-19 and people make history
  • Between a hard surface and a stone: Natural disasters during the pandemic
  • An epidemic within a pandemic: Of women, children and domestic violence
  • Apostrophic or catastrophic development: Africa’s Management of pandemics
  • Health care, research & education, industry or the military? Rethinking national budgets. 
  • Covid-19, recreation and entertainment
  • Covid-19, the workplace, employee and employer relations

NB: Successful papers will be published in The Dyke online as well as print versions after all editorial & peer review processes are complete. 

To submit visit     https://thedyke.msu.ac.zw 

Important Dates

Deadline of full papers (6000-8000 words) 31 July 2021

Envisaged Publication (online) 30 September 2021

Publication    (print) TBA

Abstracts should contain Full Author(s) ID, contact details, Affiliation and five key words as well as theme of focus. 

Abstract           100-250 Words + Five Key words

Reference Style American Psychological Association (APA)

Language preference English (UK)




PS: Contributors will track progress and status of their submissions @ https://thedyke.msu.ac.zw

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