The Apollonian Vol. 3, Issue 4 (December 2016) Special Issue on "The Nation & Its Discontents"

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The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Guest Editor: Avishek Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NIT Silchar

The 'nation-state', as has often been argued, is an overtly restrictive projection of a model derived from western European experience onto the non-West where it may not apply. While acknowledging that the idea of the 'nation' renders disjunctive temporalities, and multiple vernacular iterations, this special issue of The Apollonian seeks to understand the politico-cultural stakes in exportation and reception of the 'foreign' model, and the voices silenced thereby. Taking cues from Spivak's (1990: 39) point that there is no one India(n-ness): the Sanskritic past is too Indic, the name 'India' mistakenly given by Alexander, Hindustan by Islamic conquerors, Bharat (as it appears on the Indian passports) is reminiscent of a mythic king, the issue aims to scrutinize specific cultural texts to register the voices of difference and discontent that resist the modalities of nationalist, homogenizing (mis)conceptualization of the 'imagined community': India(n). In sum, the primary objective of this issue is to examine how 'Indian' cultural texts endorse or dissent from nationalist agendas. This issue (re)visits the domain of 'culture' and 'practices of everyday life', (re)complicates the objects of cultural inquiry and (re)contextualizes the cartography of cultural space with respect to Indian nationalism, and more pertinently, the pervasive tendency to conflate 'Indian' nationalism with 'Hindu' nationalism.

The Apollonian invites papers that are theoretical-analytical (rather than descriptive) and of relevance to the above theme for its Vol. 3 Issue 3. Interested contributors should forward an abstract, not exceeding 300 words, along with a brief bio (including name, contact info, and affiliation), to the Editors at apollonianjournal@gmail.com AND cc to the Guest Editor at avishekray@ei.nits.ac.in by June 30, 2016. The abstract and bio should be sent in the body of the mail and not as an attachment. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 10, 2016. Deadline for completed essays of 5000-6000 words in length is August 31, 2016. The issue will be published in December, 2016.