Call for Submissions


In our upcoming issue we would take into consideration the disparate and contradictory interpretations of secularism the world over. The structures of secularism and their outreach would be central to the methodology. While research within the broader framework of intellectual history is welcome, we would also like to include papers tracing the morphology of the concept, its reception and practice both on the level of individuals as well as part of state policy.

The acts of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad or Boko Haram in the common parlance, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are but one part of this never-ending puzzle of conflict within the world systems, with the Charlie Hebdo massacre a recent addition to the number of lives already claimed. Some would try and delineate the progression from the arming of the Taliban, the Gulf War and the destabilization of regimes guided by vision of a world order. There is also the ensuing debate about what is blasphemous (If at all?) and what are the effective restrictions on freedom of speech?

Secular meaning ‘of this world’ in its essence negates beliefs propounded from a religious order due to the very nature of divinity relying on the otherworldly. However, the spurt of fundamentalism in recent times has shaken the secular credentials of many countries to the core.  Whether it is Islamism, Christian Fundamentalism, Hindu Nationalism, etc. almost all of the proponents of supremacist theories have been successful in laying claims and counterclaims to the modern world. Scholars have now begun asking the quintessential question about the hen and the egg. There are also attempts at reconciling the secular and the sacral suggestive of attempts at cohabitation.

What constitutes the secular ethos in the disparate terrains of modernity? What is the role of religion today? Isn’t the very principle of identying citizens with their religious identity fraught with the dangers of encroachment in everyday existence, especially in multireligious societies?

We are looking for papers which foreground this conflict not within the prism of a philosophical debate but with possible focus on the way ahead. Genealogical inquiries which also look at the historical relativity of its normalization into world systems and, whether through normal progression or through colonial imposition, the variety of meanings that it came to constitute within such domains would naturally form the core theme.  Papers dealing with the teleology of secularism are also welcome. Analyses of the political, economic and cultural factors aiding and abetting this conflict would also naturally be a part of this issue. The very nature of secularism entails using interdisciplinary methods of analyses and we would encourage papers from any relevant disciplinary vantage point. As stated elsewhere while trying to include papers around a close-knit theme, we would also publish papers which may present interdisciplinary research of exceptional value which might not engage with the theme.

The last date of submission is 31st March, 2016. Papers can be sent in to editors.jshc@gmail or For any inquiries write  to




Instruction 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.