( due 30th of November, 2017)

Events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War have been organized since 2014 and would continue through 2018. It has already sparked of various retellings on the war in fiction and celluloid. The third issue of JSHC attempts to offer renewed perspectives on the First World War. While war and society is the general theme for this issue, all the content in our issues have never been restricted to the pre-decided theme alone. Therefore, we welcome contributors for wide ranging perspectives and discussions on general issues beyond the present theme.

To understand war in the longue durée one needs a comprehensive understanding. We encourage papers which examine comprehensive studies of war using panoptican views, by means of theoretical, political or philosophical scalpels; and papers from diplomacy, strategy and international relations perspectives, as well as papers on individual lives. Besides, papers from a military history vantage point are equally welcome. Papers from a memory studies perspective looking at collective memorialisation around or with relation to a particular war would be particularly interesting for us to consider for publication.

We are also looking for papers from comparative literary perspectives which study literature produced during war or with war as a thematic reference. Analyses of diverse hagiographies and/or their influence on formal histories could also be an important aspect to this. Papers from an environmental perspective are equally welcome.

For historians war has been both a historical schema, within which one could study societal changes as well as a chassis, to locate micro histories of soldiers, technology, techniques, formations, strategies, etc. The moral supremacy attached to professional warriors, wrote Marc Bloch, continuing till present times is symbolic of the divergence between the peasant and the knight right from the emergence of the feudal age. Bloch fought in both World Wars. He was a part of the French Army in the First World War. The experiences affected his personality and his historical output. His experiences during the war produced Memoirs of the War, 1914 – 1915 and is also said to have influenced Réflexions d’un historien sur les fausses nouvelles de la guerre (1922). The Second World War was more defining though. From the campaign of June 1940 to a part of the resistance press, the Second World War affected him personally as a Jew in Germany. This time there was to be no memoir, no Réflexions. He was tortured by the Germans in 1944, inside the fortress of Montluc and finally assassinated on June 16 at St. Didier, near Lyons. In line with Bloch’s work we encourage authors to submit papers looking at variety of topics right from propaganda to underlying conditions of society, in a comparative historical framework.

That said, papers not related to the theme are also welcome.

Increasing budget cuts in the humanities have been seen by many as part of a larger plan to dissolve the humanities. Therefore, papers situating war within the context of epistemological invasions are also welcome.

However, such attempts at dissolution are not merely a warning sign for the humanities but higher education in general, and anything certified as unprofitable by the market. With market forces gnawing into whatever little space for decision making was left within the academia, JSHC sees this as a moment of opportunity – opportunity to seek greater collaboration among disciplines, wherein they can come together in evolving mutually beneficial frameworks for academic exchanges, as well as myriad forms of resistance on scholarly fora to stand united in solidarity against the onslaught.

The last date for submission is 30th of November, 2017. Papers can be sent in to or For any specific inquiries write to

Instructions for Authors


JSHC acknowledges originality, and welcomes articles and research papers dealing with the broader spectrum of social sciences and humanities.

The contributor is expected to follow The Chicago Manual of Style Method for their submissions. The abstract however, should be within 300 words. The contributor should essentially provide the following information on the first page of the document:

The title of the paper: The contrlhutor’s identity- inclusive of his/her name, legit contact detaüs viz. an email id and phone number, academic affiliation, and designation.

The abstract: Articles should be written in English; and the word limit for each article should range within 7,000- 10,000 words. The word limit is inclusive of list of citations, footnotes and endnotes

For a review article, the word limit should range between 4,000-5,000 words. The method of formatting and citation of the article/researchpaper is elucidated below.

Times New Roman 12 typeface; Margins. maximum 1.5″ — minimum 1″ . Consistent double spacing to be maintained with exceptions of figure and table captions, and block quotations, which are to be single-spaced. The Title of the paper should be centre aligned, one-third down the page, Times New Roman, 14, Bold.

The name and other information together should appear below the title, maintaining a considerable amount of space between the two, on the first page. Subheadings to be underlined, and left-aligned. Titles within the text, of books and journals to be italicized; of articles to be mentioned within quotation marks. Each page should have page number mentioned on the upper-right side corner of the page. Specialist and technical expressions should be kept to a minimum, and whenever necessary, proper definition should be provided thereafter.

Footnotes to be given throughout the paper, commencing from “1” and followed accordingly. The numbers are to be superscripted with the corresponding / consequent text Eg. Prince Gerald. Narrative as Theme: Studies in French Fiction. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. p. 30.

Each paper should have a proper works cited list. An example of the desired format is given below. Das, Sisir Kumar. A History of Indian Literature 1911 — 1956. New Delhi: SahityaAkademi, 1995 Images only in the JPEG format wül be accepted.


Peer Review Process 

The selection procedure involves a ‘double-blind’, peer review procedure. Here we consult two experts of the specific/intended discipline to perform the peer review for us. We will get back to the author only after the decision is taken. The entire procedure shouldn’t take more than three months, maximum, or might even take lesser than four weeks.

We do not encourage informal conversations between the editors and contributors during the review procedure. The author therefore is prohibited from stating his/her name, identity, affiliation, acknowledgements, or any personal information whatsoever in the main body of the document. Instead, the first page should feature all the personal details, which is removed by the editors before the paper is sent out for the double-blind review.

Incorporation of acknowledgements and other relevant citation by the author is allowed, once the paper has been approved for publication.


Book Review Guide 

We normally do not accept unsolicited book reviews. However, if there is any particular book that you are interested in reviewing and think it is an important work of scholarship drop us a line at either or


Submit your work 

To submit your work, simply email it to  us at . Note that all future correspondence from our end concerning your submission will be forwarded to the mail address we receive the submission from.