Call for Papers - Migration in Literature: Special Issue of Journal of Migration Affairs

Call for Papers - Migration in Literature: Special Issue of Journal of Migration Affairs

Organization Name: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Apply By: 30 Jun 2021

Location: Mumbai

Presentation Date: 01 Jan. 1970 - 01 Jan. 1970

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About the Organization:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a deemed university fully funded by the University Grants Commission, Government of India. TISS offers over 50 Master’s Degree programmes from its Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. Masters’ programmes are offered in a range of socially relevant inter-disciplinary areas.

Migration in Literature: Special Issue of Journal of Migration Affairs

The 2020 Pandemic has foregrounded the otherwise neglected vulnerable lives of migrants, especially internal migrants, who live within the perimeters of the country but move from rural to urban areas not of choice but for very survival.

Literary narratives read the phenomenon of migration from different perspectives, be it as a result of wartime crisis, political repression, religious/ ethnic persecution, lack of economic possibilities, the stigma associated with gender and/or sexual orientation, etc. Such narratives help locate the migrant at the very complex interface of race, gender, sexuality, class, caste, religion, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, age, language, legal status, even climate politics.

However, migrant narratives can also be sites of resistance and resilience. Such narratives may highlight fusion cultures; interchange of languages and experiences may manifest in cultural artifacts like new forms of music, poetry, food, new political ideologies to name but a few.


Scholarly articles are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Migration Affairs that might address, but are not limited to:

  • Literary Representations of Internal Migrants
  • Pandemic and the Migrant Experience in Literature
  • Class, Caste, Ethnicity and the Migrant Experience in Literature
  • Refugees, esp. Dislocated and Traumatised Women and Children in Literary Narratives
  • Violence and Migration in Personal Archives
  • Vlogs, Blogs, Photographs, Films, and Documentaries of Everyday Life of Migrants
  • Literary Narratives of Borders, Citizenship and Ethnic/Religious Minorities
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Migrant Experience in Literature
  • Intersectionality and Experiences of Migration in Literature
  • Migrant Narratives of Resistance and Resilience
  • Nation, Identities, Religion and the Migrant Experience in Literature
  • Cli-fi, Climate Justice, and Climate Refugees in Literary Narratives

Call for Papers:

The paper should be restricted to 6000-8000 words. Articles under Commentary Section may contain 2500-3000 words. The Journal of Migration Affairs is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. This usual review process will apply.

The papers may be sent to migration.affairs@tiss.edu with a copy marked to the Guest Editor, Dr. Shreya Bhattacharji (bhattacharjishreya@gmail.com).

The last date for sending the paper for this issue is 30 June 2021.

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