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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.
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue 56: 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
- 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 email@example.com by 31 July, 2020.
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: Pandemics in the Twentieth and Twenty-first century European and Indian Literature [Last date for submission: 30 November, 2020; Date of publication: 1 January, 2021]
Guest-Editor: Nikoleta Zampaki, PhD Candidate of Modern Greek Philology, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
Concept Note: Papers are invited for a special issue of Café Dissensus on the topic of Pandemics in Twentieth and Twenty-first century European and Indian Literature. The essays might explore the topic of pandemics (diseases, plagues, etc.) as well as the psychological dimensions of the threats to human health and survival posed by pandemics. Papers might address some of the following questions:
- How did authors continue to work and write at the time of pandemics?
- How have pandemics been represented in European and Indian Literature and Culture?
- How can European and Indian Literature and Culture contribute to quarantine time?
- Should we consider a new European and Indian pandemic theory/culture respectively in the era of Covidocene as a new sub-form of the era of Anthropocene?
This issue of Café Dissensus intends to focus on various dimensions of pandemics in European and Indian Literature and we aim to provide a broader scientific and cultural context for it. To cover the global scope of the topic, we seek contributions from around the world. 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 academic as well as 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 January, 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 November, 2020; Date of publication: 1 January, 2021
All submissions should be emailed to the Guest-Editor, Nikoleta Zampaki: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com