Call for Papers Diotima’s: A Journal of New Readings

  • ISSN: 2319-4189
  • Theme: Culture in the Digital Age
  • Deadline Extended to 30 September 2021

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Diotima’s does not accept payment from authors for publication of articles, nor does it pay authors. All authors will receive a complimentary copy of the journal. Additional copies can be purchased by intimating the editors.

About Diotima’s

The Department of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode invites papers for the 2021 issue of its annual journal, Diotima’s: A Journal of New Readings, on Culture in the Digital Age.

We welcome well-researched and theoretically grounded research papers from academicians and research scholars from departments of English, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Social Sciences and other interdisciplinary areas pertaining to the broad area of Culture in the Digital Age.

The contemporary world is one saturated by digital culture and the new media, and this
saturation seems most evident today. From working from home to online classes, what some might consider a paradigm shift in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is only made possible by the fact that we have been living digitally immersed lives all this while. In this context, it is important to note that “digital culture” is not an alien culture, separate and distinct from “offline culture”, but rather it encompasses the world that has slowly been built around us, at least for the past 15-20

How does this proliferation and saturation of digital culture impact literary and cultural
studies in terms of its objects and methods? Does the anonymity promised by the digital sphere provide outlets for expression from those sections of society that have hitherto been marginalised on the basis of gender, caste, race, and community, or does it merely create breeding grounds for cyber-bullying and attacks from dominant communities? How do we revise our understanding of activism and community formation in an age when individuals from different ideological backgrounds swarm together for a common purpose, only to disband again when the purpose is met — as in the
case of K-pop fans in America sabotaging Donald Trump’s electoral rallies or campaigning for the Black Lives Matter movement, and then going back to face accusations of racial discrimination against Black K-pop fans? How do we mobilise concepts like “free labour” (Tiziana Terranova) to tease out the shifting contours where agential self-expression and corporate exploitation bleed into
each other? Such questions are highly significant for the humanities and social sciences today, and this volume solicits articles addressing these and other relevant investigations.

One influential way of tackling these new texts and objects is to follow in the footsteps of
Digital Humanities, which harnesses knowledge from disciplines like computation to study literary and cultural texts. Another possibility is to re-enervate traditional methods of literary studies — the study of language, genres, figuration, representation, ideology, etc. — in the light of newfound objects such as fanfiction and fan culture on the internet, Twitter thread fiction, the transactions between publishing on digital/social media and traditional publishing, the role played by OTT platforms in the creation/popularisation of new genres like the anthology film, etc.

Papers dealing with an evaluation of such methodological possibilities in researching digital culture will be especially welcome.

Those who are interested in contributing to this volume can email their articles to the mail
id by September 30, 2021. The papers will undergo blind peer
reviewing and you will be intimated regarding the selection of your paper within a short while.
Last date for submission of papers: September 30, 2021

  • Word Limit: 2500-4000 words
  • Format: MLA Style 8th edition.
  • Font – Times New Roman, Size-12, Line space 1.5


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