Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Special Issue on 

(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.

Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan, Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Email: