Call for papers 2024 vol II

New Perspectives in Humanities Research: Reflexive Humanities

Call for papers

 It is widely accepted that the term Humanism has a protean nature, shifting from time to time. Historically, Humanism has been used to describe various philosophical categories, different schools of thought and even opposing ways of life. However, rational scrutiny and individual moral autonomy are widely accepted as its defining characteristics in the present century. By extension, the term Humanities refers to a hermeneutics of culture, mostly in the academic world.

To project this nature of Humanities as a historical condition with strong epistemological foundations, Samyukta Research Foundation (SRF) proposes the term ‘Reflexive Humanities’, which is reflexive in the sense that it reflects upon its own nature, implying a critical sensibility, continuously refining and reforming its basic premises.

Our aim is to test new waters in academic research, employing the time-honoured tools of critical theory, historicism, cultural studies and so on in innovative and sometimes daring ways. To mark a beginning, we are inviting scholarly articles on the following areas:

  • Blue Humanities
  • Digital Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Health Humanities
  • Legal Humanities.
  • Urban Humanities


 Blue Humanities an interdisciplinary field,  probes into the relationships the oceans forge with humans and non-humans. Debunking established binaries of land vs water and permanent vs temporary, it moves away from fixity, stability, and permanence. Blue Humanities addresses ‘grand challenges’ by reviewing the oceans as pivotal liberatory forces. 


 Digital humanities, an interdisciplinary field, combines literature, history, philosophy, linguistics and cultural studies with computer science, data analysis and information technology. Digital Humanities emphasises the importance of theoretical engagements with computational methods and digital tools in the analysis of cultural artefacts and texts.


Environmental Humanities, a multidisciplinary field, probes into the complex interrelationship between humans and the environment. Throwing light on the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of environmental changes it projects the environment as deeply intertwined with human culture and society.


Health Humanities, an interdisciplinary field, re-examines conventional notions of health, illness and human experience through arts and humanities. Health care and well-being are no longer purely biomedical phenomena, but deeply influenced by cultural, social, historical, and ethical factors. Health Humanities analyses subjective experiences, emotions and social contracts of individuals and communities.


 Legal Humanities, an interdisciplinary field, enables a broader understanding of the cultural and ethical dimensions of law. Through a close reading, it helps to analyse the complexities of legal systems and their impact on society. Law is neither static nor abstract, but an evolving body of thought responding to changes in polity and society.


 Urban Studies, a multidisciplinary area, examines the evolution of cities, geography of urban landscapes, practical aspects of governance, and urban economics to city culture, and urbanism. Viewing cities as dynamic systems shaped by historical, social, economic, and political forces, it foregrounds an intersectional study of how these influence human experiences, interactions, and identities.

 Please submit your manuscripts following the  formatting and style guidelines on or before 29 Jan 2024. For any queries, mail to

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