Call for Chapter Submissions – Representations of Internarrative Identity – Deadline 10-1-12

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Representations of Internarrative Identity

Call for Chapter Submissions – Representations of Internarrative Identity

Submissions are now being accepted for a new collection of works based upon the ideas presented in Internarrative Identity: Placing the Self by Dr. Ajit Kaur Maan. This project will be the first extensive examination of Dr. Maan's theories as applied to diverse areas of scholarship and practice. Full chapters may be submitted with or without prior chapter proposals. Those who would like to send a short proposal of their chapter to determine its relevancy to the overall project may send an abstract of 300-500 words (email to Multiple works from the same author will be considered, and co-authored submissions are also acceptable. Full chapter material should be no longer than 25 pages, inclusive of all tables, figures and references. The final collection will be published in MLA style, and prospective chapters should be presented in this format. All work should be submitted as electronic files in Microsoft Word.

Ajit Kaur Maan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from North Dakota State University and a master's degree in English literature from Kansas State University before earning her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oregon. She specializes in the philosophy of literature and postmodern aesthetics. Maan's breakthrough theory of Internarrative Identity came in 1997; she published a book by the same name in 1999 which was released in its second edition in 2010. Internarrative Identity Theory deals with one's sense of self as expressed in personal narrative, connecting the formation of identity with one's life experiences. This theory examines perceptions both at the interpersonal level of interaction and also within broader discourses such as Post-Colonial Theory and Postmodernism. Through the application of Maan's theory, one may embrace a sense of identity that has multiple definitions and expressions. Maan's work in this area is influenced by Paul Ricoeur's writings on Narrative Identity Theory. She states that "Following Ricoeur, I've argued that who one is and what one will do will be determined by the story one sees oneself as a part of. Going further than Ricoeur, I have suggested that a genuinely imaginative theory of narrative identity would be inclusive of alternatively structured narratives" (Internarrative Identity: Placing the Self 71-72). Maan's ideas can be applied to the role of identity in behavior as well as cultural norms, deviance and marginalization.

Authors may choose to expand upon Maan's theories as they relate to aesthetics and identity, identity as performance, alternative narrative structures, anti-colonial strategies of resistance, or other applications of Internarrative Identity demonstrated within other disciplines. Submissions may also take the form of documenting actual identity performances from the visual and performance arts that: 1) resist culturally sanctioned descriptions of self and experience; 2) resist homogenized creative processes; 3) put into practice one or some alternative self strategies; or 4) develop new ones.

The selection process will be based upon those submissions that are judged to be most applicable to the overall publication; these works will demonstrate representations and explorations of Internarrative Identity from a range of academic fields. Editing of works will vary dependent upon the quality and potential of the proposed chapters, yet every effort will be made to maintain the individual style and intent of the author's piece. Feedback will be given for each submission presented to the editors.

General Timeline

October 1, 2012: Final chapter submissions due in MLA format
November 1, 2012: Submission feedback sent to authors (accepted, accepted with revision, or rejected)

For more information on the submission of chapters, or to submit chapters and abstracts, please send your email to Lori Way ( Thank you for considering submission to this publication.


Lori Way
Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies
Union Institute and University
Cincinnati, OH