Waiting for Visa: Call for Book Chapter Proposals

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
M. P. Chavda
contact email: 

Caste-based discrimination (or Racial discrimination) is ever-present in most parts of the world today. Within India, caste has been a significant movement driven by binaries such as pure vs impure, Aryans vs Dravidians, and high vs low castes, including socio-economic class structure. This edited volume will discuss Dr B. R. Ambedkar’s (April 14 1891 - December 6 1956) autobiography known as Waiting for Visa from multiple perspectives.  The aim is to explore contemporary India and her social, political, educational, and religion to changing socio-economic-political-religious conditions keeping the Waiting for Visa at the centre. We expect contributors to provide different perspectives from socio-historical and educational, religious, and discourse analysis or theoretical frameworks. Dalit Studies feature strongly here on account of the significant Indian presence, focusing on the influential writings of Dr B. R. Ambedkar. The volume will thus allow the reader to understand Dalit issues of the South Asian population and her migrants in diverse spatial zones, as reflected in Waiting for Visa.

We welcome book original, scholarly, and unpublished chapters centred on the Waiting for Visa. Scholars can consider the following themes; however, these should not limit them.

  • Autobiography, Biography and Historiography
  • Casteism, ethnicity, and Indian identity
  • Science, Religion, and Ethics
  • Communication and Education
  • Literary Criticism and Theories
  • Globalisation, Propaganda and Bias
  • Politics, Law, and Constitution of India
  • Dalit Literature, Representation, and Memory
  • Trauma and Childhood

Important Dates:

September 15, 2021: Abstract for Chapter Proposal

November 15, 2021: Accept/Reject Notification

December 15, 2021: Camera-ready Submission-Full Chapter Submission

January 15, 2021: Accept/Reject Notification


Submission Procedure:

We welcome chapter proposal submissions from researchers and practitioners on or before September 15, 2021. Proposals should be limited to 300 words, explaining the objectives and concerns of the chapter and how it fits into the general synopsis of the book.

This call accepts ONLY electronic submissions. DOC or DOCX format. Please upload your proposal through Google forms using the following link: https://forms.gle/MRHZCE1DvsHzLYFB8

Your Submission must be made on or before the due date specified. Submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind manner.

Chapter submissions must be prepared following the submission guidelines and must not exceed 8000 words (MLA Seventh Edition style), including a bibliography and any appendix. Only electronic submissions in. DOC format will be considered.

Fonts: Times New Roman; Font Size: 12; Line and Paragraph Spacing: 1.5

Number of Authors: Three Maximum (this may include UG, PG, and PhD scholars)

British Spellings.

Once the chapters are accepted, authors must sign the Declaration of Originality and Transfer of Copyright Agreement. The editorial decision will be final. There is no publication fee. In the case of joint authorship, only the Main Author will submit the chapter. Authors are strongly requested to adhere to guidelines, failing which their submissions may not be considered.

Notifications regarding the status of the chapter proposal will be made available to authors by November 15, 2021. Based on accepted chapter proposals, chapter submissions will be accepted on or before December 15, 2021. Three or more reviewers will review all submitted chapters.

Contact Details:

For any queries, please drop a mail at mchavda[at]iimraipur[dot]ac[dot]in