Call for Abstracts - Handbook of the History of Communication in India

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Call for Papers
August 19, 2021 to September 20, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, South Asian History / Studies

Call for Abstracts

Handbook of the History of Communication in India

Edited by Roshni Sengupta and Chandni Sengupta

The history of communication in India is a long and varied one. It is also multi-faceted, dynamic, and chronologically diverse. Over centuries, the Indian communication landscape has encompassed a unique philosophy covering pre-Vedic, Vedic, modern, and post-modern periods. Oral communication in India, for instance, has developed several diverse strands – from forms of folk art and theatre to other community communication methods. The prehistoric rock paintings of Bhimbetka and ancient paintings and sculptures of the Ajanta and Ellora caves are major examples of art-based forms of communication. Both classical and folk forms of music and dance and their adaptation of Hindu myths and legends as well as folktales and characters remain another manifestation of the multicultural history of communication. India subsequently became part of the modern communication revolution, beginning with the SITE experiment in 1975. The newspaper revolution was followed by the television boom, taking the Indian communications juggernaut further.    

The proposed handbook seeks to understand the long and eventful history of communication in India. It will not only focus on basic concepts and tenets of the development of communication but also provide enough scope and room for the exploration of newly emerging trends. The handbook will closely follow the curriculum guidelines of the University of Delhi course “History of Communication in India” and, hence, the potential authors and contributors are requested to compose their chapters as per the themes listed below. We are looking forward to chapter contributions (8000 words including footnotes and references). Detailed author guidelines will be provided to the selected contributors. Before selecting potential contributors, the editors would like to read abstracts of 250-300 words.

Please send in your abstracts by 20 September 2021 to and We are expecting responses from academics and scholars from premier institutions in India and worldwide. Routledge (London) has expressed early interest in the handbook.   


Themes for chapters


  • Communication: Concept, components, scope, and types (Formal & Informal, Verbal and Non-Verbal, Oral and Graphic (written/scripted) & Heritage)
  • Philosophy of Communication: Theories, Functions, Processes
  • History of Communication: Development of communication through the ages-primitives, petroglyphs, pictogram, ideograms, writing, printing
  • Art and Communication: Painting, Sculpture, Symbols, Signals, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Puppetry, and Storytelling
  • Community Communication: Folk forms of communication- folk songs, folklore, folk craft, myths and legends
  • Communication in Modern Times: Telephone, Phonograph, Radio, Television, Fax, Mobile, Computer, Internet, Digital
  • Written Communication: Evolution of writing; Inscriptions; History of Printing in India; History of Newspaper in India; History of Advertisement, Design, and Postal Communication
  • History of Communication in India: Narad, Krishna, Buddha, Shankar, Vivekananda, and Gandhi
  • Literature and Communication in India: Myth and legends, Natyashastra, Meghdoot, Panchtantra, Guru Granth Sahib, Ramcharitmanas
  • Visual Communication: Bhitti Chitra, Rock Art, Pottery, Chitrasutra in Vishnudhamottra Purana, Rasik Priya, Bihari Satsai
  • Communication of Memory: Museums and Archives as means of cultural and historical communication; Components of Museums- Artifacts, Galleries, Exhibition, and outreach programmes; Monuments as living Museums; Art Museums in India


Editor profiles

Roshni Sengupta is Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Chandni Sengupta is Assistant Professor, SVKM’s NMIMS University, Hyderabad, India.

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