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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 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
Issue 65: November 2022: Horror-(fic) Turn: Understanding Contemporary Horror Films [Last date for submission: 30 September, 2022; Date of publication: 1 November, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Animesh Bag, Assistant Professor of English, K. K. Das College, Kolkata, India.
Concept Note: The last two decades, any cinephile may claim, are the golden age of horror. There have been some intriguing horror films such as Hereditary (2018), Babadook (2014), Get Out (2017), The Host (2006), and others that raise critical questions about our contemporary time. As a genre, horror, which produces a cathartic effect, appears rather anti-generic because it is anti-structural and open-ended relying on ambivalent and bizarre ordeal. Watching a horror film leads us to some unfamiliar temporal-spatial experience, questions our narcissistic banal fixation, and plunges us into a chaotic, anarchical, and often nihilistic existence. Then, our wilful desire to go through such dreadful anxiety demands a revision of cultural and aesthetical questions. Horror, on the other hand, continues to be a corporeal, physiological experience, that always concerns with the notion of body and psychology.
This special issue of Café Dissensus will explore contemporary horror films: its form (ideology) and content (representation). It attempts to understand if this new turn to horror is produced bio-culturally or if it is the residual of human/non-human conflict. The proposed issue invites papers on all sorts of horror films, including psychological horror, Gore, Slasher, Folk horror, Zombie, Apocalyptic horror and so on.
Authors may take up the following sub-themes but they are not exhaustive:
- Horror and the Revision of its Genre
- Horror and Timely Consciousness
- Horror and Postcolonial Experience
- Horror and Satanic Feminism
- Horror and Corporeality
- Horror, Trauma, Guilt, and Solitude
- Horror in the Post-human Era
- Horror, Country, and Nostalgia
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 November, 2022. Last date for submission: 30 September, 2022.
Please email your submissions to Animesh Bag (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line ‘Submissions for Horror-(fic) Turn’ for consideration.
Issue 66: December 2022: The Panorama of the Pandemic and the Female Subalternity [Last date for submission: 30 October, 2022; Date of publication: 1 December, 2022]
Guest-Editor: Silpi Maitra, Assistant Professor of English, Falakata College, Alipurduar, West Bengal.
Concept Note: The COVID-19 induced pandemic has become a global crisis that every nation has been battling individually. The pandemic has ruptured the normative rules of human existence. Although everyone irrespective of gender has been encountering innumerable problematic sources of debilitating pain, womenfolk have been going through the excruciating pain of subsistence.
Marital rape is one such trauma that has crippled and victimised women. Although a culturally sensitive issue, marital rapes can never get justice when rapes, in general, are discerned through a diminutive lens. The dominant rape culture eulogises the constructed male egotism with a falsified sense of hypersexuality. The ongoing pandemic was an eye-opener to the entire ruptured subsistence of women. The fissured feminine convolutions have manifested agonising pain, thereby enhancing every level of comorbidity. The contextualised identities are unfixed and are framed according to the fluctuating volatility of the patriarchal norms. The paraphernalia of trapped souls narrates diverse claustrophobic tales leading to a schism that dilutes the systematic phases of the female acquired selves.
The proposed issue welcomes submission on the following prospective themes:
The Compulsive Choice of Existence
The voices of Dissent
The Culture of Rape
Claustrophobia: A myth or a reality?
The Dark Room
The Masked Identities
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 December, 2022. Last date for submission: 30 October, 2022.
Please email your submissions to Silpi Maitra: email@example.com
2023 Cafe Dissensus issues
Issue 67: February 2023: Ten Years of Cafe Dissensus [Last date for submission: 30 December, 2022; Date of publication: 15 February, 2023]
Guest-Editors: Dr. Mary Ann Chacko, Ahmedabad University & Dr. Mosarrap H. Khan, OP Jindal Global University.
Concept Note: Coming soon…
Issue 68: April 2023: (Re)storying Indian Handloom Saree Culture [Last date for submission: 28 February, 2023; Date of publication: 1 April, 2023]
Guest-Editor: Dr. Anindita Chatterjee, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English, Durgapur Government College, West Bengal, India.
Concept Note: Would Handloom saree stories perish on the face of overpowering Powerloom culture? Although powerloom weavers produce ten times faster than the handloom weavers impacting the livelihood, ethos, and lifestyle of the handloom weavers in India in substantial ways, the ontology of Indian handloom saree culture is a complex and evolving phenomenon. Being the second-largest employment provider for the rural population in India, handloom emerges as one of the oldest and the most enduring symbols of traditional Indian culture. Indian handloom weavers have been celebrated worldwide for their workmanship, cultural authenticity, and cultural transformations. Handloom saree in India is varied and culture specific. Its branches and subbranches are connected to the very notion of peoplehood as an individual and community: Each stratum of Indian handloom saree is a tangible representation of its indigenous identity, subjectivization of oral culture, unique response to environmental values, and political being and belonging. Indian handloom industry survives mainly on its aesthetics, uniqueness, and craftsmanship. Dermatologically safer and aesthetically exquisite, the handloom motifs and design assign unique heritage to the handloom industry.
The present volume, therefore, intends to identify and restore the tangled threads of Indian handloom saree culture in order to look at the invisible interstices between human labour and imagination. The volume intends to archive untold stories and unchronicled histories/herstories of Indian handloom culture and its ongoing intercultural, intra-cultural and trans-cultural projects.
Saree as an indigenous cultural marker
Handloom weavers’ struggle for survival
Saree as an integral part of Indian material culture
Saree and the diaspora
Saree as a gendered artifact
Saree and Bollywood
Saree as a personal/power statement
Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. Audio-video interviews are also welcome. 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, 2023. Last date for submission: 28 February, 2023.
Please email your submissions to Dr. Anindita Chatterjee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue 69: June 2023: Rethinking the Democratic [Last date for submission: 30 April, 2023; Date of publication: 1 June, 2023]
Guest-Editor: Payal Dahiya in English, M.Phil., Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi.
Concept Note: Coming soon…
Issue 70: August 2023: The Other Mothers: Imagining Motherhood Differently [Last date for submission: 30 June, 2023; Date of publication: 1 August, 2023]
Guest-Editor: Dr. Paromita Sengupta, Director of Studies, GILL, Griffith College Limerick, Ireland.
Concept Note: The conventional concept of ‘motherhood’, constructed by and steeped in the key traits of patriarchal ideology, fabricates it as ‘natural’, ‘innocuous’ and ‘universal’. Numerous feminist theorists studying motherhood have harped on this fact, and it has been the take off point for seminal motherhood studies. As a lived experience, however, motherhood is implicated in issues of gender, race, class and caste; often, the father’s role to both the child(ren) and mother, determines the true value/ place that ‘a motherhood’ and the baby get in society.
This issue of Café Dissensus seeks articles that look at motherhood and mothering differently – questioning it, stretching it, turning it on its head. Can we redefine ‘mother’ as a verb and not as a noun? Can we mother beyond limits of birthing, beyond gender divisions and beyond DNA? Articles that speak of personal experiences of ‘different’ and ‘difficult’ motherhood, abortion, adoptive and ‘step’ mothers, interviews with ‘other mothers’, transgender mothers, experiences of women who choose not to birth/mother, surrogacy, discussion of representations of motherhood on screen – are welcome. What we seek are not dry academic essays but experiential write-ups enriched by intimate personal engagements and negotiations with mothers and motherhood.
The proposed issue welcomes submissions on the following themes (though not limited to them):
- Experiencing a different/ difficult Motherhood
- Postpartum depression
- Single Mothers
- Adoptive mothers
- Transgender Mothers/ Motherhood
- Not a mother
- Mother as witch
- Mother figures in mythology
- Representation of motherhood in film
- Mother-child relationships
- Mothering Differently
- Motherhood beyond gender binaries
- Motherhood and obsession/ madness
Submission should be approximately 2000-2500 words. Audio-video interviews are also welcome. 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 August, 2023. Last date for submission: 30 June, 2023.
Please email your submissions to Dr. Paromita Sengupta (Email: email@example.com) with the subject line – ‘Submissions – The Other Mothers’.
Issue 71: October 2023: Othello in Bengal [Last date for submission: 30 August, 2023; Date of publication: 1 October, 2023]
Guest-Editor: Abhishek Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Chakdaha College, Nadia, West Bengal, India.
Concept Note: In colonial Bengal, Shakespeare was accepted as a symbol of “Englishness”, including English religion, discipline, language and education. Despite being a dramatization of male jealousy, doomed love and victimization of devoted female, Othello fails to be a universal tale about a man coming to terms with the supposed betrayal and adultery of those closest to him. It is, perhaps, the only tragedy of Shakespeare where the protagonist’s character and behaviour are always traced to his racial identity. The reason is Shakespeare’s arbitrary attempt to make Othello stand on the complicated crux of contemporary beliefs about black-skinned people and Muslims. Resultantly, reading or producing the play in a society like that of Bengal where racial discrimination and apartheid are practised is to lend a new powerful meaning to the play. Significantly enough, Othello opened Shakespeare’s account in Calcutta. This earliest record of a Shakespeare performance in Calcutta coincided with the publication of The Bengal Gazette in 1780. Since then, playwrights, translators, thespians of Bengal find the play intriguing. In a postcolonial space like Bengal, translation, adaptation, and performance of Othello open up space for heterogeneous significances. This issue would like to trace how Shakespeare’s play has been adapted, translated, performed and criticised in Bengal since pre-Independence period. The focal point of the study is to unfold the adaptation and appropriation of Othello in print media and visual media in Bengal.
The proposed issue welcomes submissions on the following themes (though not limited to them):
Academic/ literary translations
Production oriented translations
Performing the play in Bengal
Criticisms of the play in Bengal
Submissions 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 October, 2023 . Last date for submission: 30 August, 2023.
Please email your submissions to Abhishek Chowdhury (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line ‘Othello in Bengal’ for consideration.