Akademi Magazine is an independent India-based collective of writers, designers, artists and thinkers who have come together at a time when the freedom of the press, and of the arts, has never been more of an urgent concern. Akademi aspires to be a place for imaginative, critical and unconventional stories, art and thought experiments, with a mission to always put our contributors first. We want to be a safe space for things that might not be easily able to find a home elsewhere. We recognise and want to address this as an acute need of our present political and social moment.
Our print magazine is due to release later this year and will feature in-depth long-form articles, photo essays, and short critical commentary pieces, all dedicated to exploring the different facets of philosophy, politics, society, and culture. Each thematic issue aspires to make contributions to the public discourse and look more deeply into unplumbed questions and unexamined assumptions of contemporary issues. The central tenet of the publishing, editorial, and artistic practice that Akademi embodies is the necessity of linking theory and practice together in revealing and mutually critical ways by engaging in a mode of enquiry that intertwines facts and figures with progressive norms and ideals.
Our wager is that with more such visible publications that are openly committed to progressive counter projects and movements, it is conceivable that we can succeed in diluting the thrall of uncritical politics in India and elsewhere. As a bi-annual magazine, we will not always be covering events in real-time. This is not journalism – not in the least. We’ll be relying heavily on the journalistic endeavours of other publications. We don’t aim to replace news sites, but rather to be a place of reflection and critical engagement at a much slower pace than the news cycle.
Pitch to us
Akademi is now accepting pitches from writers for our online-only section. Essays, criticism, and interview submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a full pitch describing the piece in the body of the email, even if you have a draft already written. The articles we publish on our website will be at least 1,000 words. We will try our best to respond to all inquiries, but might not be able to due to a large volume of mails.
If your draft needs to be considered within a week, please include “[urgent]” in the subject heading. Please note that we currently do not accept poetry, fiction or excessively academic (sorry!) submissions, we’ll largely be publishing nonfiction stories on politics, culture, arts, and society. All contributions to Akademi are paid.
Utkarsh is a writer and photographer based in New Delhi, India. His interests revolve around the history of photography in South Asia and documentary practices across lens-based media. You can find his writings in The Caravan and Stir.
Nihira is a freelance writer from Bombay. Her primary interests are history, ecology, and sound studies. She loves listening to the radio and is terrified of the ocean despite being in awe of it. (Maybe both of those go hand in hand.) She is currently working on her Master’s dissertation about sound in the 19th and early 20th century British Raj. Instagram/Twitter: @fasaane_
Shreyya Rajagopal graduated from Sciences Po, Paris with a Masters in International Development. She works at the intersection of media, conflict and political violence in the global south with a focus on South Asia and Latin America. Her interests include new media, populism, decolonisation and internet subcultures.
Avani Tandon Vieira
Avani Tandon Vieira is a PhD candidate and Gates scholar at the University of Cambridge. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she received a bachelor’s degree in English at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and a master’s in World Literatures at the University of Oxford. Her research considers little magazines and independent publishing in the late twentieth century. Alongside her academic work, she runs the Pind Collective, an online space for young artists from India and Pakistan.
Charu Pragya is the founder of Akademi and a novice writer. She recently graduated from Columbia University, New York with a Masters in Philosophy, but has since grown disillusioned with the cruel world of the Academy.
She remains deeply committed to her academic interests, which include economic equality and decolonial approaches to development, and hopes to write and research about them in alternative spaces.