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Revisiting Partition of India (1947)

Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2018-10-01 Abstract Due: 2018-09-25 Abstract Deadline has passed

Issue 50: October 2018: Revisiting Partition of India (1947) [Last date for submission: 30 August, 2018; Date of publication: 1 October, 2018]

Guest-Editors: Dr. Kamayani Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

Concept Note: Partition of the Indian subcontinent occurred in in 1947. A colossal trauma, its effect is still manifest in multiple forms even decades later. Much has been written on this horrendous event. In fact, it is often said that writing on the Partition of India (1947) has become a ‘cottage industry’ with discourses on Partition emerging in different genres. Yet, the veil of silence which encumbered much of the discourses on Partition is far from ruptured. Unearthing the ‘gaps’ that punctuate discourses on the Partition brings into focus how Partition narratives have been strongly edited by patriarchal, historiographical, and other cultural aspects.

This issue of Café Dissensus intends to explore how Partition of India is being understood, represented, and apprehended today. Work of Shilpa Gupta, Bani Abidi, graphic narratives, Dasataangoi, advertisements, TV series like Dastaan from Pakistan, video art, paintings are but a few examples of the variant genres being deployed to comment, critique, and represent Partition and its continuing impact.

I invite papers which explore the continuing impact of the Partition with special focus on the following themes (but not limited to them alone):

Children as victims of the Partition
Public art exchanges on the Partition
Advertisements on the Partition
Border Anthems

Submissions should be of roughly 2000-2500 words. Some longer pieces would be considered, if they deserve more space. Submissions will be accepted till 25 September, 2018 and the issue will be published on 1 October, 2018. Please email your submissions to the issue editor, Kamayani Kumar: kamayani.bhatnagar@gmail.com