Call for contributions; Issue 3, Volume 7. History: writing/re-writing – manipulation?

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History: writing/re-writing – manipulation?
Literophile. Call for contributions: Issue 3, Volume 7.

Cultural Studies Year
October 2013 – July 2014

"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
― Winston Churchill

Our history plays an indispensable part in defining who we are. People turn to their past in order to concretise identities of nationhood and communities. However, because it always privileges certain people/ideologies and restricts others, that which appears historical is always in a constant state of flux, metamorphosing according to the diktats of the society that it exists in. Since, for the most, we only have what is written down to determine where we come from, this adaptability of history is significant, for history is made to acquire contemporary relevance – like any narrative, parts of history that fail to adapt, fade into oblivion.

It is imperative, therefore, that we distinguish between history as a narrative and presentations of narratives as history, and comment on the literariness of both. History is re-told in order to change the leanings of the masses towards certain ideologies. The perceived need to convey a message may range from morality and inspiration to plain manipulation for the benefit of existing power structures. More often than not, such narratives become a convenient way to propagate hegemony of thought: the recent turbulence in the socio-political scenario of India is a glaring example of this same.

Accordingly, this issue of Literophile aims at a better understanding of the creation and re-creation of historical narratives. It invites contributions mulling the use of popular culture to encourage herd mentality. Original and annotated papers and/or semi academic articles and commentaries of not more than 3,000 words in MS Word format may be mailed to by Sunday, 20th of July 2014. Contributions may be on, but may not be limited to, the following:

• Narratives of history as means of propaganda.
• Subverting/reinforcing racial/communal/gender stereotypes through historicising.
• Myth-history-legend: evidence, inscription.
• Role of mass media: commercial angle.
• History, syllabi, and the classroom.
• Creation of identity: nation vs. individual.

Please note that the papers must be annotated in accordance with the latest MLA regulations. Contributors must also submit short bio-notes, of not more than 300 words, with submissions. Contributors will be intimated by the last week of July regarding acceptance/rejection. To access online version of this call for submissions, visit