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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 do not accept creative writing (poems, short stories, etc.) for magazine issues, unless an issue is specifically devoted to creative writing.
5. 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.
6. We invite Photo Essays on the given topic of a particular issue. We will include a maximum of 15 photos in a Photo Essay.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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: email@example.com) 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 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.
2022 Cafe Dissensus Issues
Issue 62: May 2022: Exploring Motherly Instincts: Representation of Mothers in Indian Cinema [Last date for submission: 30 March, 2022; Date of publication: 1 May, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Srija Sanyal, Research Scholar, Ronin Institue, USA.
Concept Note: The figure of the mother has always been glorified and depicted in black and white without shades of grey. However, time and again filmmakers and academic thinkers have strived to push this conventional depiction to accommodate various layers associated with the concept of motherhood, as they have sought to challenge the simplistic representation of mothers in popular media. It is important to explore the maternal world further in this highly digitized, globalized and gender-neutral environment. This proposed issue of Café Dissensus aims to curate a collection of essays on the representation of mothers in films that go beyond the stereotypical portrayal of motherhood as epitomized in the figures of Nirupa Roy and Rakhee Gulzar in conventional Bollywood style, showing unconditional love toward her offspring. The proposed issue welcomes submissions on the following themes (though not limited to them):
- Queerness and motherhood
- Good vs. bad mothers
- Evolution of the representation of mothers in cinema
- Modern women and motherhood
- Reimagining the domestic space
- Masculinity and motherhood
- Professional/foster mothers
- Working mothers
- Surrogacy, pregnancy and infertility
- Goddesses and divinity associated with motherhood
Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. Please do provide a brief bio at the end of your piece. Since the magazine is geared toward both academic and 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 May, 2022. Last date for submission: 30 March, 2022.
Issue 63: July 2022: Decentering the Center in India [Last date for submission: 30 May, 2022; Date of publication: 1 July, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Urvi Sharma, Assistant Professor, PG Department of English, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, India.
Concept Note: The Indian public discourse has become an eco-chamber of polarized opinions on a variety of issues ranging from gender, politics to art. A number of policies introduced in India in the recent past like demonetization, GST, CAA, farm bills have attracted diverse opinions. While the terms like ‘andh-bhakt’, ‘kattar bhakt’, etc. are hurled as abuses against the supporters of these government policies, the insulting terms as ‘libtard’, ‘feminazi’, ‘urban-naxal’, etc. show a growing resentment against the detractors who do not essentially agree with the government policies. In the face of this extreme situation, numerous citizens are trying to make sense of this polarized atmosphere by maintaining a neutral and objective outlook. However, those being directly affected by the policies accuse this neutral outlook as symptomatic of privilege, of position and distance. This has decentered the moderate center in India as a myth and raises a pivotal question of whether moderate, independent, or centrist outlook is possible when the opinions are extremely divided along the partisan lines which have an adverse effect on the lives of the citizens. What we need is a specifically better understanding of what lies in the center and whether the issues related to matters of politics and principles truly have a center.
The proposed issue welcomes submissions on the following themes (though not limited to them):
- Moderate Politics
- Centrism: Myth or Reality?
- Political Atmosphere in India
- Social Polarisation
- Social Media Activism
- Progressive Politics
- New Left
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Public Policy
- Etymological Interpretation of Terms like Bhakt, Feminazi, Urban-Naxal in the Modern Context
Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. Please do provide a brief bio at the end of your piece. Since the magazine is geared toward both academic and 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, 2022. Last date for submission: 30 May, 2022.
Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Submissions – Decentering the Center’ for consideration.
Issue 64: October 2022: Thinking through the Body: Fear, faith, and fluids [Last date for submission: 30 August, 2022; Date of publication: 1 October, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Dr. Papia Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
Concept Note: The body, especially female body, has been the arena of contest and debate as well as the canvas on which neo-capitalist patriarchal societies are constructed (hooks 2004; Philips 2014). Recent scholarship about the criticality of body and body fluids have been focused on by feminists, post-colonial and decolonial scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, and critical studies thinkers. Body has also become integral for digitalization process, a seemingly discreet phenomenon which requires human inputs in the form of iris readings and biometrics to avail public distribution schemes, identity cards and, in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic, even the vaccination. Bodies, be it blacks, colored, women, transgenders, have been caricatured and stereotyped by mass media, electronic or social. Even though, human bodies are critical to human thinking and science, there has been a lack of serious engagement with it, the major exception has been arts and creative writing. There is hierarchy about whose bodies are visible and who can be invisible-ized. A welcome break has been some contemporary authors and researchers whose work brings forth the earlier hidden and ignored issues such as menstrual health, sexually communicable diseases as not affecting only homosexuals but everyone, rhetoric surrounding sexuality, body as weapon and canvas and body as ‘self’, as dignity, respect, space, resistance as well as raped bodies, scarred bodies, masked bodies. How is body conceptualized in social and political philosophy? What constitutes bodies and how are bodies understood as the sites for contestation of identities, desires and diseases?
The proposed issue welcomes submissions on (but not limited to):
Body as site for contestation
Body and digitalization
Blood and body (blood donation and disease)
Menstrual blood and the women’s body
Fluid and faith (religious view about human fluids)
The pandemic and sputum
Body fluid and the pandemic
Violence, body, and fear
Body and vulnerability
Body and sexual objectification
This proposed special edition is an attempt to focus on these multiple aspects of viewing, understanding, and analyzing the ‘body’ from various lens. This edition welcomes articles (2000-2500 words), as well as audio-visuals. Since the magazine is geared toward both academic and 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 October, 2022. Last date for submission: 30th August, 2022. Do send your submissions to the following email id: email@example.com