Violence and Postcolonial India

deadline for submissions: 
March 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Om Prakash Dwivedi
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Call for Papers: Violence and Postcolonial India

International Journal of Humanistic Ideology (CLUJ University Press, Romania, Issue 2018)

Guest Editor: Om Prakash Dwivedi, Auro University, India


India is famously known as a land where diversity of religions and cultures exist.  Communal harmony is one of its founding principles as envisaged by various philosophers and sages like Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, etc. However, this inherent feature of India’s harmony has not only broken asunder repeatedly, but also heightened in the form of rampant violence. Violence has been a recurrent phenomenon both in the history of colonial and postcolonial India. In fact, as per the April 2017 Pew Research Center analysis of 198 countries, India occupied the fourth position for its religious intolerance. If colonial India witnessed the brutal onslaught of the Britishers, postcolonial India advances the cyclic pattern of violence, albeit in different mutations. The redrawing of boundary has concomitantly redefined a new enemy. The enemy is now within. The monumental period of India’s postcoloniality is marked by a constant struggle over who owns India and its soul. Communal violence now converges with state sponsored violence underpinned with caste, gender, and regional identity. It creates a culture of violence which spews, encourages, and sustains new binaries and everyday confrontation.

The forthcoming special issue of International Journal of Humanistic Ideology (a peer-reviewed international journal, published by CLUJ University Press, Romania) will be titled, “Violence and Postcolonial India”. The special number seeks to respond to this moment of crisis plaguing postcolonial India and the various ways in which violence can be reimagined by addressing the following issues:

  • Violence and ethics
  • Humanism and violence
  • Resistance or Violence?
  • Gendered violence
  • Partition violence
  • Linguistic violence
  • Capital violence
  • Old and new colonialism
  • Political violence
  • Violence in the digital realm


Please email your abstracts at the address mentioned below. Abstracts should not be more than 500 words. Acceptance letter would be sent out by 15th March, 2018. The word limit of complete articles should be between 4000-6000 words. Final publication of articles is subject to successful peer-review process.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 05th March, 2018

Deadline for article submissions:    31st July, 2018.

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