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Stories of the Marketplace: Personal and Oral Narratives of Traditional Marketplace

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Call for Submission for An Anthology of Papers and Articles


By The Northeast India Audio Visual Archive

in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan.
Traditional marketplaces have long been the lifeblood of communities around the world, serving not just as centres of commerce but also as vibrant social hubs where stories, cultures, and histories intersect. These marketplaces are rich with personal and oral narratives that offer unique insights into the traditions, stories, and transformations of societies. Recognising the cultural and historical significance of these spaces, the Northeast India Audio Visual Archive invites individuals from all walks of life to contribute to an upcoming anthology of papers and articles exploring the personal and oral narratives of traditional marketplaces. We welcome contributions exclusively from these states of the Northeast of India: Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya. Contributions can be on a wide range of topics, from historical evolution of markets, to bustling bazaars to quaint farmers’ markets, from cultural significance of markets in different societies, and personal stories and anecdotes from market participants. This anthology will showcase the diverse experiences, economic insights, and human stories that make markets such fascinating spaces. These contributions need not be strictly academic; we welcome diverse storytelling formats that capture the essence of these communal spaces.


The primary aim of this call for papers is to gather a rich tapestry of perspectives and stories that illuminate the multifaceted roles traditional marketplaces play in communities. We seek to:
Document Personal Experiences: Capture the lived experiences of individuals who interact with traditional marketplaces, including vendors, buyers, artisans, and local inhabitants.
Preserve Oral Histories: Record and share the oral narratives passed down through generations, highlighting the cultural heritage and collective memory associated with these spaces.
Celebrate Storytelling: Embrace various storytelling formats—personal essays, memoirs, interviews, and creative non-fiction—that reflect the vibrancy and diversity of marketplace experiences.
Understand Transformations: Explore how traditional marketplaces have evolved over time in response to economic, social, and technological changes.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts: Interested contributors are requested to submit a synopsis of 500 words outlining the main theme and approach of their proposed narrative.

  • Interested contributors are also requested to submit a minimum of three original sample photographs showcasing how it would complement their article.

  • Full Paper/Article: Upon acceptance of the abstract, full contributions should be between 2000 and 5,000 words.

  • Formats: Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the names of the Authors and affiliations (if any) clearly stated.

  • Brief Bio of the author/s is required.

  • We kindly request that you disclose whether the idea of the article you propose to submit has been published in any form elsewhere. This includes, but is not limited to, previous books, journals, online publications, or any other media.



  • Last Date for Synopsis Submission:
    03 August 2024

  • Notification of Acceptance:
    19 August 2024

  • Full Paper/Article Submission:
    19 October 2024


Review Process:

All submissions will be reviewed to ensure they align with the objectives of this project. The decision of the review committee will be final. Selected contributions will be published in the anthology.



The Northeast India AV Archive will present a remuneration of 15,000 INR to contributors.


Contact Information:

For queries and submissions, please contact:



Mobile: +91 7085957689 / +91 8416073703

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