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General Submission Guidelines:

1. We are ideologically neutral and invite submissions from the perspectives of all ideologies – right, center, left etc. – as long as a piece makes a reasoned argument.

2. While emailing your pieces, please write ‘Magazine Piece: Issue No.’ in the subject line. Send submissions and queries to email ids of individual guest editors listed with concept notes.

3. The pieces should be around 2000-2500 words. We are open to making exceptions to this rule, if a particular piece deserves more space.

4. We are open to audio-visual submissions (in the form of interviews, conversations etc.). The audio-visual files must not be more than 20 minutes in duration. Again, we are open to making exceptions to this rule in some cases.

5. We invite Photo Essays on the given topic of a particular issue. We will include a maximum of 15 photos in a Photo Essay.

6. In case the authors are making submissions to multiple magazines, blogs, and newspapers,  they must inform Cafe Dissensus the moment the piece is accepted elsewhere. Once Cafe Dissensus accepts a piece and starts working on it, it cannot be published in another magazine, blog, and newspaper.

7. The materials on Cafe Dissensus are protected under Creative Commons License. Once a piece is published in Cafe Dissensus, we will retain exclusive copyright for a period of 30 days, from the date of publication. Within this period, the piece cannot be re-published elsewhere even in an adapted and modified form.Thereafter, it must be acknowledged that the piece was first published in Cafe Dissensus. Failing to comply with this and any unauthorized republication/reproduction of the piece will invite legal measures and prosecution.

8. We are a completely voluntary endeavor and we are unable to pay our authors.

Guidelines for Guest-Editing an Issue:

We invite our readers, teachers, scholars, students, journalists/media professionals, activists, professionals (practically, anyone who would like to!) to guest-edit an issue of Cafe Dissensus. Here are the guidelines for guest-editing an issue: 

1. The Guest-Editor must send in a 150 word concept note/call for papers to the editors (Email: well in advance, describing the theme of the issue (along with raising some questions). We will put up the CFP/concept note on the magazine website and on the magazine social-media pages.

2.There must be at least 15-18 articles plus the guest-editorial.

3. Each article must be between 2000-2500 words. However, the guest-editor might include a few longer essays, if she/he feels necessary.

4. Since the magazine is geared toward non-academic readers, all footnotes and references must be taken out. The citations within the body of the articles must be minimal, in the form of the name of an author or an idea etc. Please keep this readability factor in mind while soliciting articles and editing them.

5. We expect at least some of the pieces to be personal narratives, wherever possible. One of our aims is to weave the personal with the public/political.

6. Audio-visual content is one of our distinctive features. The guest-editors must include at least 3-4 audio-visual interviews, conversations etc. in the edited issue. For example, interviews and conversations recorded as audio-video or audio. We can help with the logistics of recording and editing the content.

7. The guest-editor will be in charge of collecting, selecting, and editing the articles. All articles will go through a final-edit by the Editors of the magazine.

8. The guest-editor must write an 800-1000 word editorial.


2020 Cafe Dissensus Issues

Issue 54: May 2020: Climate Change in Literature [Last date for submission: 31 March, 2020; Date of publication: 1 May, 2020]

Guest Editors: Dr. Morve Roshan K., Research Associate, Bangor University, UK and Prof. Niyi Akingbe, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

Concept Note: As the world witnesses persistent flooding, earthquake, landslide and a rise in the ocean surge, climate change now constitutes an emergent issue in global discourse. Ecological narratives are now being featured to illustrate the effects of climate change in most literary works of the world literatures. Eco-criticism looks at the impact of climate change as it affects the environment in terms of food production, desert encroachment and the drying up of the lakes and rivers in the world, and especially in the third world countries which have been described as the most vulnerable parts of the world with possible consequences of a submerge and extinction in another few years.

Contributors are expected to focus on the following areas in their papers:

  • Theories of Eco-criticism
  • Theories of political ecology
  • Analysis of Environmental crisis in Poetry
  • Discourse of climate change in Drama
  • How is the climate change represented in Fiction
  • Climate change in the Short Stories
  • Environmental crisis in the Bio/Auto-Biography
  • A representation of climate change in theatre productions
  • Climate change in Digital literature

We invite papers that relate, but not limited to, the above mentioned questions.

Submission should be approximately 2000-3500 words. We also invite audio-visual submissions (in the form of interviews, conversations, etc.) The audio-visual files must not be more than 20 minutes in duration. Photo Essays are also invited with not more than 15 photos in an essay. Please do provide a brief bio at the end of your piece. Since the magazine is geared toward non-academic readers, the citations (APA Style) within the body of the articles must be minimal, in the form of the name of an author or an idea, etc. The issue is planned for online publication on 1 May, 2020. Submissions will be accepted till 31 March, 2020. Please email your submissions to

Issue 55: July 2020: Shaheen Bagh and the Anti-CAA Protests: The Struggle to Create New Concepts [Last date for submission: 31 May, 2020; Date of publication: 1 July, 2020]

Guest Editor: Huzaifa Omair Siddiqi, Research Scholar at Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Concept Note: Is it an unfortunate coincidence or a matter of alarm that the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’ is  both the liberal ideal as well today’s politically dominant Hinduism’s delineation of itself from ‘Abrahamic’ faiths? We cannot deny that the singular genius of the subcontinent (as embodied in the caste system) has maintained and encouraged the separation and immiscibility of the different; thus the discourse of homogenizing Hindutva is also, simultaneously, that of an infinite gradation of hierarchical difference. It is perhaps here that a certain liberal discourse which thinks difference and equality abstractly finds itself exhausted. Thus its confusion faced with radically new forms of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act spreading out from Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.

The protests against the CAA have been met with brute force by the Indian state and even more brutal antagonism by the mainstream media apparatus. However, despite this unprecedented repression, new questions are being formulated, not in academic conferences, but in India’s Muslim majority ghettoes. It is primarily Muslim women who are carrying out protests demanding new concepts of secularism, citizenship, azaadi and equality. In the face of such protests even the most diehard and beloved of liberal heroes such as Shashi Tharoor, Markandey Katju, Arvind Kejriwal and Ramachandra Guha have voiced complaints about the foregrounding of visible ‘Muslim’ identity. When both the liberal intelligentsia and the proponents of Hindutva speak univocally it is not enough to dip into our Derrida and Levinas and advocate respect for the ‘Other’. It is rather against this static and sterile concept of difference that the women at Shaheen Bagh are protesting. What they are demanding is a concept of difference that annihilates and generates the new, not difference that sustains the same.

In this issue we wish to understand the production of the new – new modes of protest, new concepts of freedom and equality, a new vocabulary of difference, and above all a new public itself. How are these anti-CAA protests, for the first time perhaps in the history of the subcontinent, exposing the failure of not just institutions; but also a certain discourse which is incapable of countering the Brahminical logic which respects and tolerates difference in order for everything to remain the same? What is it about these protests led by Muslim women who suffer under being markedly different not just because of their faith but also within their faith? How deep does the rot go in our esteemed legal, educational, and civil institutions?

In this issue of Café Dissensus we invite papers, articles, pieces, poems, interviews, that will address not just the anti-CAA protests but also the philosophical and conceptual inadequacy they have uncovered amongst Indian academia and intelligentsia. Above all we desire papers that will expose our own academic inadequacy; despite all our pretensions to the contrary, we are the ones left behind. This issue asks academics, writers and students to catch up to the vocabulary and concepts created by these protesters and to lay the groundwork for an idea of difference that is generative of real and radical change.

Submissions can cover topics such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Questions of Muslim identity and difference in contemporary India in the context of anti-CAA protests
  • The novelty of the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh and other sit-ins led by women
  • Ambedkarite thought and its resonance with the anti-CAA protests
  • State repression and media bias against Muslims and Dalits vis-à-vis anti-CAA protests
  • The limitations of academic and liberal discourse in the context of anti-CAA protests
  • Questions of structural bias in Indian institutions and the Constitution
  • Shaheen Bagh as an event of global importance
  • Rethinking concepts such as secularism, citizenship, equality and freedom
  • The rise of an organic feminist movement among Muslim women in the context of anti-CAA protests

Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. We also invite audio-visual submissions (in the form of interviews, conversations, etc.) The audio-visual files must not be more than 20 minutes in duration. Photo Essays are also invited with not more than 15 photos in an essay. Please do provide a brief bio at the end of your piece. Since the magazine is geared toward non-academic readers, the citations within the body of the articles must be minimal, in the form of the name of an author or an idea, etc. The issue is planned for online publication on 1 July, 2020. Last date for submission: 31 May, 2020. Please email your submissions to

Issue 55: September 2020: Travel Writing: A Mode of Constructing Knowledge [Last date for submission: 31 July, 2020; Date of publication: 1 September, 2020]

Guest-Editor: Raeesa Usmani, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, India.

Concept Note: “The world is a book. Those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

Travel locates our worldly progression. Traveling is one thing everyone does at various levels, in various forms. Travel makes one less prejudiced, adaptable and tolerant about the pool of ideas, peoples, and objects. It makes one more independent, as the traveller breaks away from familiar people and places while residing among unknown people, on an unknown space. While encountering variety of foreign customs and traditions, travel makes one aware of different culture, history, religion, belief, tradition, and life style of the residents living at distant places. One might end up exploring, in the process; more about one’s own self, culture, society, which might lead one to appreciating one’s own culture and customs. Moreover, as Flaubert observes, “travelling makes one modest – you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” (Flaubert 220).

The previous year 2019 was celebrated as the 300th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) and its literary legacy. The incredible combination of fact and fiction in Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe has established the foundation of the realistic fiction, all the while evincing the close interrelationship between novel and travel writing.

The proposed guest issue of Café Dissensus aims to address various facets of travel writing unfolded over the period. Travel Writing is a contemporary, potential developing genre with a number of possibilities to explore and investigate. Hence, the proposed issue intends to bring in travel writings with its different interesting factual and fictitious permutations. The issue invites articles, papers on, but not limited to, the below mentioned themes:

Travel writing and knowledge construction

Travelling to write (narrative, memoir and essay)

Travel writing and exploration (inwardly and outwardly)

Travel writing and gender studies

Travel writing: writing as a gendered Self/Other

Travel writing: public sphere and private sphere

Travelling, migration, forced migration and diaspora

Travel writing: fiction, fact and poetry

Travel writing and (auto)biography

Submission guidelines:

  • Original, previously unpublished personal repertoires, papers, articles, photo-essays (maximum 15 photos), interviews, conversations written between 2500-3000 words are welcome
  • Kindly take note that the magazine aims at the academic but mostly non-academic target readership. Hence, keep minimal in-text citations, in the form of the name of an author or an idea etc., and do not attach reference list at the end of the paper
  • Please make sure to attach your brief bio-note (200 words) with as the submission

The issue will be live on 1 September, 2020. The last date of submission is 31 July, 2020.

Kindly email the submissions at by 31 July, 2020.

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Md Hasan, Ali #

    I want to published my article in your paper. Please send me the process of submission.

    September 25, 2014
  2. Fuad TP #

    One who born to write will search to reflect himself. Praise the lord. At last I found it
    Please inform me how I submit my piece of work.

    July 5, 2015
  3. I am a researcher and want to guest-edit an issue. How to approach and what should I do? If you kindly let me know, will be great help. I am quite confused with the notions of “concept note” and “writing to the editors in advance” kind of things.

    January 25, 2017
  4. Yaipha #

    If my Paper is published, which is in reviewed process for the July Issue 48. How and where to get the hard copy or the publication is only online?. Kindly advised.

    June 27, 2018
  5. sandhu pushp #

    I have been eagerly awaiting the issue on ‘The New Woman’.

    September 21, 2018

    The procedure does not say anything about the submission of poems. Do poems also need to adhere to a particular theme?

    March 4, 2019
    • Depends on issues. Not all issues accept poems. You have to get in touch with individual editors, who is editing an issue. Alternately, you may submit poems to Cafe Dissensus Everyday ( Go to the webpage and check the submissions section.

      March 4, 2019

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