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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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
2021 Cafe Dissensus Issues
Issue 59: May 2021: Special commemorative issue: 100 years of Satyajit Ray – the indefinable genius [Last date for submission: 31 March, 2021; Date of publication: 2 May, 2021]
Guest-Editor: Roshni Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland.
Concept Note: A master of his craft, a remarkable auteur ahead of his times, the creator of a unenviable cinematic canvas, a filmmaker, writer, artist of immense reach and range, Satyajit Ray re-defined neo-realism in art and form, brought it alive on screen and portended a legacy of brilliant work that subsequent generations have been attempting tirelessly to define and categorise without much success. Ray is therefore the ultimate indefinable genius.
The special commemorative issue of Café Dissensus will attempt to understand and revisit Ray’s immense range of work – from pathbreaking films to books to the astonishingly everyman crime-busting hero, Feluda, he managed to make immortal. With the focus on his genre-defying cinematic productions, the issue will also bring together writings on Ray as a multi-faceted and consummate artist. Beginning from the pristine canvas of Pather Panchali which – in more ways than one – inaugurated realism in Indian cinema of the age to the aristocratic charm of Charulata which immortalized Tagore’s supremely etched characters on celluloid and the edgy, intensely political violence of the Calcutta Trilogy, Ray’s range of work remains unmatched, paralleled perhaps only by his contemporaries Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. The issue also seeks to examine the politics of Ray’s cinema as well as his personal politics, his inspirations from European realism and neo-realism and his contribution to neo-noir literature.
Contributors might like to elaborate on the following:
- Impact of European realism on Ray’s films
- The “everyman” in Ray’s cinema
- Ray’s foray into Hindi cinema
- The making of Pather Panchali
- Apu Trilogy and the question of genre in Bengali film
- Ray as the master of filmmaking
- Reflections on Ray’s writings on cinema
- Politics and the Calcutta Trilogy
- Ray as a genre-bending storyteller
- Ray and his fiction
- Ray and his contemporaries – a comparison
- Ray and Kurosawa – the two filmic greats
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 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 2 May, 2021. Last date for submission: 31 March, 2021. Please email your submissions to email@example.com
Issue 60: August 2021: Reflections on Rohith Vemula’s Suicide [Last date for submission: 30 June, 2021; Date of publication: 15 August, 2021]
Guest-Editor: Drishadwati Bargi, Doctoral Candidate, University of Minnesota, USA.
Concept Note: It has been almost five years since Rohith Vemula’s suicide in the Central University of Hyderabad and India’s mobilization of an entire generation of students, academics, and activists against the anti-dalit bias of the Indian University. Since then, the suicides of minoritized students in educational institutions of India have not really stopped. However, what was unique about Rohith’s suicide was the unprecedented nature of protest that followed it, an event that created new subjects as it were. The unforgettable letter, the demonstrations, the public presence of the students belonging to the University of Hyderabad, with unapologetic assertion of their subordinated and stigmatized identities and the ultimate betrayal by the justice system of the country forced a reckoning of the stranglehold of caste on the Indian mind and the body.
Can we learn something from that moment of assertion and failure? Did the protests have something that can be further utilized in the struggles of the present and the coming future? What strategies did it invent? Where did it fail? How have the activists survived the aftermath? What kind of politics did it open up for them? Here are some of the potential signposts to be considered:
- The role of Faith
- Labor of protest
- Role of art
- Possible influence of Ambedkarite agitations outside the university
- History of ASA
- Ambedkar and Periyar
- Unemployment of dalit students
We welcome autobiographical accounts, essays, and interviews that would explore these questions. 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 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 15 August, 2021. Last date for submission: 30 June, 2021. Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue 61: November 2021: Poetry and the City [Last date for submission: 30 September, 2021; Date of publication: 1 November, 2021]
Guest-Editor: Sayan Aich Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shirakole College, West Bengal, India.
Concept Note: The metropolis or the urban centre has played a fundamental role in the shaping of a nation-state and the socio-political fabric across cultures and time. From being the epicentre of dominant ideologies serving as a model for the entire population to adhere and follow, cities have also become the site of violence, be it ethnic clashes or riots which have held up for scrutiny the once yearned after social and cultural space of belonging. Contrary to popular belief, the once centres of progress and prosperity have now noticeably become home to a lot many people suffering from depression or alienation – either at the lack of opportunities or under the burden of a robotic work culture.
This issue invites submissions of poetry dealing with themes such as alienation in the city, violence and politics, the receding skyline due to a rise of the concrete jungle and a nostalgia for the times that were. Poems should not be more than 40 lines and should be accompanied by a brief bio of the poet. All submissions to be sent to email@example.com with the SUBJECT LINE: CAFE DISSENSUS.
2022Cafe Dissensus Issues
Issue 62: January 2022: Fantasy [Last date for submission: 30 November, 2021; Date of publication: 1 January, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Dr. Atreyee Majumder, Assistant Professor, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India.
Concept Note: Even before mass produced entertainment began training our imagination, fantasies have had the effect of producing social effervescence (a la Emile Durkheim) and created collectively owned repertoires of the not-present, the not-real. These have taken the shape of mythologies, history, literature, arts. These have consisted of gods, monsters, witches, ghosts, idealised and distorted versions of the ever-familiar present. While fantasies are often conceived of as private ventures into the unreal, they also have overtones of the social built into them. One sees in fantasies many idealised, socialised versions of oneself. While Walter Benjamin introduced us to the notion of mass produced (capitalised) dreamworlds that incarcerated our fantasy -producing abilities, in this Special Issue, we depart from Benjamin in looking at the possibility of a domain beyond the capitalised – a realm of productive, emancipatory, and revolutionary aspects of the in-the-end entirely human capacity for fantasy.
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 January, 2022. Last date for submission: 30 November, 2021.
Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Submissions – Fantasy’ for consideration.
Issue 63: April 2022: Exploring Motherly Instincts: Representation of Mothers in Indian Cinema [Last date for submission: 28 February, 2022; Date of publication: 1 April, 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 April, 2022. Last date for submission: 28 February, 2022.