Call for Papers: Independence for Whom?

Submission Deadline: 30th September 2022

The South Asianist is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue!

The new editors of the South Asianist invite contributions for our forthcoming issue, to be published early 2023. All submissions should arrive before 30 September 2022.

The issue will also feature a special section focusing on themes related to the major Independence Day anniversaries occurring across the subcontinent: the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh in 2021, and the 75th anniversaries of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2022 and 2023. Besides their pomp and pageantry, Independence Day celebrations are instances of national differentiation and justification, showcasing socio-cultural heritage as well as the military strength to safeguard territorial integrity. But narratives of independence exist alongside multiple contestations to the state, polity, and ideas of nationhood, citizenship and democracy.

On the occasion of these significant milestones, it is pertinent to ask: ‘Independence for whom?’ In other words:

  • What has ‘independence’ come to mean for the diverse communities that make up South Asia, and how are ideas of democracy, change, progress and stagnation conceptualized?
  • What narratives of nationhood have emerged on the subcontinent after independence?
  • What kinds of historical identities, imaginaries and debates have arisen in response to dominant narratives of the nation?

Founded at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, The South Asianist is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal which publishes content in the arts, humanities, and social scientific research on South Asia by scholars of all levels. The journal is open to articles (6,000-8,000 words), review essays, commentaries, and photo essays.

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