New Humanities: The Ethico-Critical Imperative

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

New Humanities: The Ethico-Critical Imperative


In its after-life, Literary Theory appears to have tempered its rhetoric of suspicion and cynicism with an ethical requisite, the latter being forced into collective reckoning by the precarious situation of human beings as a species. The plunder of natural resources under an irrational system of production, the destruction of the metabolic connection between (wo)man and earth, and the economic deprivation-marginalization of people on an unprecedented, global scale, have resulted in the new-found emphasis on `species being`. Academic spaces are turning into contestatory sites, wherein the ethos of advanced capitalism is being resisted, with humanities taking the lead.         

The inaugural issue of Alteritas: EFL-U Journal of Literary Inquiry is devoted to a discussion on positions/propositions that can potentially lead to radical alternatives to the social formations of the present.


The focus of this inaugural issue will be on the following sub-themes:


  • Reinventing the Human: Categories and Pseudo-Categories, Strategic Essentialism and Other Counter-Discursive Strategies in Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, and Literary Theory…
  • Grasping/Outlining Horizontal, Non-Hierarchical Social Structures: New Insights on Ephemeral Communities, the Socious and Pre-Modern Rituals and Celebrations, the Carnivalesque in Contemporary Society…  
  • Creating Discursive Spaces for Communication in a Post-Truth Society: After “Communicative Reason”, the Narrative Philosophy Alternative, the Communicative Potential of Conversation…
  • Defining the Contours of a Progressive New Humanities: Critical Engagement with  Consumerisms, Commodity Culture, Populism, and other Ideologies of Post- Capitalism, Assembling/ Disseminating Ecological Consciousness..


The Board of Editors is pleased to invite articles and book-reviews on these themes.

Original articles (of about 6000 words), which have not been published in any journal, are invited from scholars working in the specified fields. The Journal will also feature book reviews not exceeding 1500 words. Manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review. The Journal reserves the right to choose manuscripts for publication.

Authors are required to follow the MLA 7th Edition documentation style. Please do include a brief abstract (of about 100 words), a keywords list, and a brief author bio.

Manuscripts, complete in all respects, should be sent to as a MS Word Doc to the following email IDs: