Call for Submissions: Thinking Through the Body by Café Dissensus, USA [Issue 64]: Submit by Aug 30

Café Dissensus is inviting applications for its 64th issue: Thinking through the Body: Fear, Faith, and Fluids, by August 30.

About Café Dissensus

Cafe Dissensus is an alternative magazine dealing in art, culture, literature, and politics. It’s based in New York City, USA. There vision statement is: We DISSENT. The magazine also runs a blog, Cafe Dissensus Everyday. Their ISSN no. is ISSN 2373-177X

General Submission Guidelines

  1. Café Dissensus is ideologically neutral and invite submissions from the perspectives of all ideologies – right, center, left etc. – as long as a piece makes a reasoned argument.
  2. While emailing your pieces, please write ‘Magazine Piece: Issue No.’ in the subject line. Send submissions and queries to email addresses of individual guest editors listed with concept notes.
  3. The pieces should be around 2000-2500 words. They are open to making exceptions to this rule, if a particular piece deserves more space.
  4. They do not accept creative writing (poems, short stories, etc.) for magazine issues, unless an issue is specifically devoted to creative writing.
  5. They are open to audio-visual submissions (in the form of interviews, conversations etc.). The audio-visual files must not be more than 20 minutes in duration. Again, we are open to making exceptions to this rule in some cases.
  6. They invite Photo Essays on the given topic of a particular issue. They will include a maximum of 15 photos in a Photo Essay.
  7. In case the authors are making submissions to multiple magazines, blogs, and newspapers, they must inform Cafe Dissensus the moment the piece is accepted elsewhere. Once Cafe Dissensus accepts a piece and starts working on it, it cannot be published in another magazine, blog, and newspaper.
  8. The materials on Cafe Dissensus are protected under Creative Commons License. Once a piece is published in Cafe Dissensus, they will retain exclusive copyright for a period of 30 days, from the date of publication. Within this period, the piece cannot be re-published elsewhere even in an adapted and modified form. Thereafter, it must be acknowledged that the piece was first published in Cafe Dissensus. Failing to comply with this and any unauthorized republication/reproduction of the piece will invite legal measures and prosecution.
  9. They are a completely voluntary endeavor and are unable to pay our authors.

Issue 64: October 2022: Thinking through the Body: Fear, faith, and fluids [Last date for submission: 30 August, 2022; Date of publication: 1 October, 2022]


Dr. Papia Sengupta, Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. 

Concept Note

The body, especially female body, has been the arena of contest and debate as well as the canvas on which neo-capitalist patriarchal societies are constructed (hooks 2004; Philips 2014). Recent scholarship about the criticality of body and body fluids have been focused on by feminists, post-colonial and decolonial scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, and critical studies thinkers.

Body has also become integral for digitalization process, a seemingly discreet phenomenon which requires human inputs in the form of iris readings and biometrics to avail public distribution schemes, identity cards and, in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic, even the vaccination. Bodies, be it blacks, colored, women, transgenders, have been caricatured and stereotyped by mass media, electronic or social.

Even though, human bodies are critical to human thinking and science, there has been a lack of serious engagement with it, the major exception has been arts and creative writing. There is hierarchy about whose bodies are visible and who can be invisible-ized.

A welcome break has been some contemporary authors and researchers whose work brings forth the earlier hidden and ignored issues such as menstrual health, sexually communicable diseases as not affecting only homosexuals but everyone, rhetoric surrounding sexuality, body as weapon and canvas and body as ‘self’, as dignity, respect, space, resistance as well as raped bodies, scarred bodies, masked bodies. How is body conceptualized in social and political philosophy? What constitutes bodies and how are bodies understood as the sites for contestation of identities, desires and diseases?

The proposed issue welcomes submissions on (but not limited to):

  • Body as site for contestation
  • Body and digitalization
  • Blood and body (blood donation and disease)
  • Menstrual blood and the women’s body
  • Fluid and faith (religious view about human fluids)
  • The pandemic and sputum
  • Gendered bodies
  • Queer bodies
  • Body fluid and the pandemic
  • Violence, body, and fear
  • Body and vulnerability
  • Body and sexual objectification

This proposed special edition is an attempt to focus on these multiple aspects of viewing, understanding, and analyzing the ‘body’ from various lens. This edition welcomes articles (2000-2500 words), as well as audio-visuals. Since the magazine is geared toward both academic and non-academic readers, the citations within the body of the articles must be minimal, in the form of the name of an author or an idea, etc.

Issue Publication Date

The issue is planned for online publication on October 1, 2022.

How to Submit?

Do send your submissions to papia410[at]gmail[dot]com

Deadline to Submit Entries

Last date for submission: 30th August, 2022.

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