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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: 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 15-18 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 57: October 2020: Losing Faith: The Undercurrent of Atheism in India [Last date for submission: 31 August, 2020; Date of publication: 1 October, 2020]
Guest Editor: Mr. Hirak Dasgupta, Writer, Teacher, and Columnist at Times of India.
Concept Note: What is religion—a spiritual guide, an eclectic mix of philosophies, or the greatest divider ever invented by man himself? This is probably the most appropriate time to ask these questions. Zealotry is once again on the rise all the world over, and we cannot be mere audiences sitting on nonchalant benches and watching the world fall apart. The ebb and flow of religious bigotry has been a feature of the human civilisation since antiquity. There are alternating periods of tolerance and madness. During the epochs of tolerance great things are achieved. The human mind explores the farthest reaches of his natural environment and the labyrinth of the neural network with effervescing zeal. Opposing opinions are welcomed and thinkers collide in camaraderie to invent new and more revolutionary ideas. But one thing leads to another. The innately restive human mind doesn’t tolerate peace for long. The symphony orchestra begins to lose its tune after a while, and all of a sudden people stop talking! Bridges are retracted and humans fling themselves in to the purgatory of isolation.
In the infinite darkness of a muted existence rage fills the human mind. Someone then comes in the toga of a messiah and hands over a book of religion. He instructs his disciples to seek solace in those verses. They seek out the path of war instead! Soon many more such messiahs begin to raise their heads everywhere and before long the world is at war. But the question is: is this human invention called religion inherently fractious? Does it contain instigations for war? Or is a book of religion merely a chronicler’s magnum opus laid out in the open for interpretation? Is religion itself tainted or is it the viewpoint that is tainted? These and several other questions have come back to haunt humanity and quite frankly the answers haven’t been discovered so far. In a bid to understand these questions better, an ever growing number of men and women are trying to take a neutral standpoint and this is leading them to the path of atheism. It might appear that atheism is a modern philosophical concept. But nothing can be further from the truth. Atheism is probably as old as religion and has been discussed by clerics and philosophers in every part of the world in every age. While this standpoint apparently lends a fresh perspective to the raging debate of religion and its associated gremlins, there are downsides to it as well. Some atheists are becoming hardliners and taking up atheism as their quasi-religion.
In this issue of Café Dissensus, ‘Losing Faith: The Undercurrent of Atheism in India’, we invite papers, articles, interviews, photo-essays to find answers to some of the questions raised in the concept note around the theme of atheism in India. 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 1 October, 2020. Last date for submission: 31 August, 2020. Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Cafe Dissensus Issues
Issue 57: January 2021: Epidemics/Pandemics in Literature [Last date for submission: 30 December, 2020; Date of publication: 1 February, 2021]
Guest-Editor: Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha, Associate Professor, Department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, West Bengal State University, Barasat, West Bengal.
Concept Note: Texts which deal with pandemics hold up before us examples of how things have been managed before in times of similar crises. There has always been literature of pandemic because there have always been pandemics. Covid-19 has changed our lives. As we try to hold on and deal with the immense changes that are happening all around us, in a world where the virus controls much of our lives, it would be interesting to examine the way pandemics/epidemics have been presented in literature. What marks the literature of plague, pestilence, and pandemic is an attempt to try and forge some sense of meaning out of the experiences of panic, fear, anxiety and hopelessness that constitutes pandemics/epidemics. The range of texts dealing with pandemics/epidemics is huge and in this issue of Café Dissensus on Epidemics/Pandemics and Literature, we welcome papers on these and other issues/topics that engage with the theme in literature from all over.
- Dystopic fiction
- Contagion and disease
- Borders and migration
- Isolation and quarantine
- New forms of creativity
- Reimaginations of home and space
- Social justice
- Public health
- Fear and anxiety
- Mental Health
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 in February, 2021. The call targets an academic and professional audience and all papers should follow the journal’s guidelines of submissions and policy. Please do not hesitate to contact the guest editor with any queries you might have.
Last date for submission: 30 December, 2020; Date of publication: 1 February, 2021. All submissions should be emailed to the Guest-Editor, Nishi Pulugurtha: email@example.com
Issue 58: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org