Call for Papers : Special Issue o (Mis)Communicating Memory

May 2022 |


Dr. Avishek Parui, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India.

Concept Note

Memory Studies is an interdisciplinary research framework that draws on psychology, social sciences, history, critical theory, and literature, among other fields of enquiry. As a neural and narrative activity, memory inhabits the embedded embodied domains and the extended cultural ones. The emergent and connective memory model as the phenomenal and collective activity may be examined as informing identities and complex forms of intersubjectivity that are ambivalent, existential, and discursively determined. It operates through encoding, consolidation, as well as through absences and interruptions. This entanglement of inclusion and interruption makes memory a uniquely ontological and experiential category that is embodied, extended, and enactive in quality. Memory and re-membering bear structural and functional parallels with storytelling, which operates through encoding, emplotment, and effacement. This convergence between memory and storytelling foregrounds that both may be read as negotiations with the knowledge that involves communication and miscommunication, sometimes simultaneously. Philosophically and theoretically examining memory as a communicative category, this special issue seeks to explore remembering as miscommunication, addressing, but not limited to, the following topics of intervention:

  • Affect, communication, remembering
  • Agency, identity, and communicative control in memory narratives
  • Collective memory and contagious communication
  • Forgetting as (mis)communication
  • Knowledge-narratives of memory
  • Memory as complex communication
  • Memory as emotional encoding
  • Memory and fabulation
  • Memory, metafiction, and deconstruction
  • Memory, mimesis, and misinformation
  • Memory, miscommunication, and spatiotemporally
  • Storytelling and modalities of memory
  • Memory and modes of representation (film, fiction, comics, etc.)
  • Memory practices (museums, archives, objects, etc.)

Publication timeline/schedule:

  • Last date for the submission of abstracts 30 May 2021
  • Decision on submitted abstracts 30 June 2021
  • Submission of the full article 30 November 2021
  • Suggested revisions sent to contributors 28 February 2022
  • Contributors return their essay in final form 30 March 2022
  • Media Watch receives complete manuscript 10 April 2022
  • Publication of the special issue 01 May 2022

Editorial correspondence, submission, and inquiries:

  • Abstracts of 500 words (should contain a general but a clear idea of your potential essay’s content) along with a brief professional biography may be sent to the editors:
  • Dr. Avishek Parui, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras- Email:
  • Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan, Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Email:

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