30/11/2020 – CFP: Pandemics in the Twentieth and Twenty-first century European and Indian Literature

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: nikzamp@phil.uoa.gr/ nikoletazampaki@hotmail.com

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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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: infocafedissensus@gmail.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.

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