Unearthing: Past in Present and Future

deadline for submissions: 
March 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Bhawna Vij Arora

Call for Papers


Past in Present and Future

Associative Interactions in the Orbit of Memory Studies


Deadline for Submissions: March 25, 2023


Concept Note


Every cultural practice, material and non-material social currents, ingrained ethos and long-standing principles, popular, fad movements, and innovations, texts and contexts await to be excavated, unearthed and uncovered by the theoretical offerings extended by the recent revival of the discipline of Memory Studies. A revisionist interest of the field has de-parochialize, and de-hegemonized the dominance of the well-established, and prevailing systems of approaching the oppressive institutions  provided by post-colonialism, feminism, post-structuralism and other groundbreaking critical theories of the past. Given to the new epistemological and ontological pathways opened by Memory Studies, perceiving various phenomena around the world require an urgent visional perceptivity given by the optics of studies in the cultural memory. The thematic and plenary knowledge of the existing disciplinary trajectories have mapped and explored the ratiocinated, and ideological reflections of the transnational and multi-disciplinary features of cultural memory. But there still remains a need to stipulate a multifaceted and protean understanding of a number of aesthetic, literary and cultural  texts that use the Memory Studies gaze to arrive at findings and observations.  

To this motif, this special issue invites well-informed, diverse and illuminating essays of the considered and recondite areas of scholarship that can extend the theoretical circuit of the interdisciplinary studies of cultural memory. To the nth degree, the less represented, marginalized and often provincialized narratives would explicitly receive visibility and acceptance in a bid to reimagine and stretch the disciplinary debates around the field. The aim would be to transcribe, supplement and showcase the existing potentialities of a number of practices and texts from the quint-essential lens of memory. The objective of the handbook would be to integrate interdisciplinary and theoretical reflections and look beyond the current synthesization of knowledge in history, Literature and Cultural Studies. 

The enchiridion would serve as a literary and non-literary consortium to the scholars, researchers of Humanities and even Social Sciences or anyone who wishes to look beyond the critical, dynamic and multi-dimensional gaze offered by current theoretical equipment.


The book chapters proposal may address (but are not limited to) the following issues.  


i) Global Canonical texts and Memory 


ii) Memory Studies and Violence


iii) Art forms and Memory


iv) Decolonizing Mind, Dehegemonizing Memory


v) Aesthetics and Tools of Mnemonics


vi) Anthropocene Memory and Environment Systems


vii) Media and Memory


viii) Memory and Sexualities 


ix)  Memory and Digital Media 


x) Memory and Spirituality


xi) Role of Memory in Other Epistemologies

Timeline and Procedure

Abstract Submission: Feb 20, 2023.  


Please send your abstract with a short bio-note, which must include the author’s name, institutional affiliations, publications and other achievements along with the postal address. Kindly adhere to the word limit of 250 words.


Final Chapter Submission: March 25, 2023


Chapter Requirements:

A chapter should be a minimum of 4000-8,500 words including footnotes and bibliography. The details concerning layout and citation style should follow MLA 9th (ed) and not the 8th one. 

All submissions should be sent directly to the email address:   unearthing.past@gmail.com

Important Note:

  • The submission is free of cost, if any person/organization/member at any stage asks for payment of any amount, kindly clarify and invalidate the request.

  • From a single author, only one entry will be accepted. kindly do not send multiple entries.

  • In case the chapter is found to be stylistically flawed yet erudite, the authors, however, may be requested to have their papers additionally proof-read by professional editors.  

  • For further information or any query, write to us through the email provided above.

  • We have a zero plagiarism policy and every chapter would be evaluated through the institutional plagiarism checker software. 

  • Please be doubly-sure before submitting. Once accepted for final publication, the paper would not be taken back.

  • Authors would be solely responsible for any or all parts of copyright issues with respect to submission.

  • Editor: Dr. Bhawna Vij Arora, Academician/Poet. Assistant Professor, Vivekananda Inst of Professional Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. 

           (NAAC Accredited A++) 

  • The hard-bound book will be published with an ISBN number from a renowned publisher based in India.