CALL FOR PAPERS for the Journal of Contemporary Thought

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda
contact email: 


The Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, India invites papers for the current and future issues of the Journal of Contemporary Thought. Revived after a hiatus of five years, the Journal returns with fresh resolve to offer a platform for cutting edge research in the field of Theory. Our past contributors include scholars such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Etienne Balibar, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Fred Dallmayr, Gianni Vattimo, William V. Spanos, Martin Jay, S.N. Balagangadhara, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Shannon Bell, Gauri Viswanathan, Stephen Greenblatt, Ashis Nandy, Simon Gikandi, Gaurav Desai, among others.

In resuming its role, the Journal once again aims to foster interdisciplinary research and critical inquiry in contemporary theory, especially in areas such as culture and politics, and including literature and life-worlds, philosophy, and the human sciences. It approaches contemporary critical issues from a variety of politically and theoretically informed perspectives by exploring concepts, interpretations, and methodologies. It aims to reconsider existing concepts and theories while also opening itself to expanding frontiers of thought.

Researchers and scholars from diverse disciplines are invited to bring their insights and perspectives to this academic forum. The Journal encourages the submission of original research articles that demonstrate innovative thinking and push the boundaries of disciplinary terrains. Interdisciplinary approaches that bridge gaps between different fields, and foster deeper understanding of complex social, cultural, and theoretical phenomena are welcome.


All manuscripts submitted to the Journal undergo a double-blind peer review process. Authors are therefore requested to submit the anonymised manuscript, with name and affiliation appearing on a separate cover page and accompanied by a covering letter addressed to the Editor stating that it has not been submitted to any other journal and that it contains no plagiarized content. The Journal follows the MLA format (9th edition) and manuscripts should be prepared accordingly. Submissions can be mailed to the Managing Editor at, and further details on manuscript preparation and submission guidelines can be found on the Journal of Contemporary Thought  and the Forum on Contemporary Theory website. The Ethics Policy of the Journal is also available on this site. Articles are solicited until 31 October 2023. Manuscripts received after this date would be considered for the next issue. 

Submissions are currently open. 

Possible themes and topics 

1.  Expanding parameters of Theory

2.  Theory in India

3.  Theory and social, political, and cultural phenomena.

4.  Theory, criticism, poetics, politics and aesthetics of literature.

5.  Uses and abuses of Theory across disciplines.

6.   Philosophical interpretation of literature and literary treatment of philosophy.

7.   Death of Theory and After Theory.

8.   Intersectionality and identity politics.

9.   Investigations into systematic methodologies, viz. semiotics and narratology.

10.  The globalization of Theory and its impact on societies.

11.   Political Theology

12.   States of Exception.

13.   Environmental studies and ecological thought.

14.   Posthumanism 


The Journal encourages submissions that demonstrate relevance to contemporary issues, theoretical depth, and methodological rigour. It publishes 7-10 articles (6000-8000 words), 2-4 book reviews (1500 words max), one review essay (5000 words), and an interview/conversation with a theorist or scholar of theory. Additionally, readers will have the opportunity write in their comments on the Journal’s content and engage in meaningful discussions in a section on Critical Exchanges.

Publishers of critical works on all aspects of theory may request reviews by sending two copies of the book to the JCT. However, commissioning rights for such reviews rest with the JCT. 

For any queries or clarifications, please contact the editorial team at the email address provided. We look forward to receiving your valuable contributions towards fostering intellectual exchange and critical dialogue through the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Journal Details


Name : Journal of Contemporary Thought

Publisher: Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda

ISSN: 0971-4731