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Judas. Lilith. Haman. Satan…
Monsters and villains have populated human imagination since time immemorial. Some have been the stuff of myths and legends, involving fantastic tales of heroism and valor; others, the tools societies have used to conceptualize and categorize otherness. While such categorizations are invariably fluid and subject to interpretation, they have nevertheless come to embody concerns, insecurities about the self, and fears of the unknown that cross historical and cultural contexts.
The Journal of Religion and Culture (JRC) is seeking papers that delve into “Monsters and the Monstrous.” Monsters, here, can be defined literally or more broadly as the other, subalterns, marginal, or deviants. We are seeking articles that reveal, analyze and challenge how “monsters,” “villains,” the “grotesque” and “monstrous” are delineated, demarcated and fabricated, how such concepts relate to notions of transgression, and what they suggest about human corporeality and non-binary identities.
For our upcoming 29th edition, we invite submissions that especially consider the following:
- Papers that examine how “monsters” are constructed and what are the social, political, and historical ramifications of these definitions.
- Papers that examine how monsters and villains are depicted in cultural imagination (such as through literature and popular culture), and how these depictions vary across cultures and historical contexts.
- Papers that unearth lost or forgotten monsters, beast and villains lurking at the periphery of ancient texts, folklore and storytelling and what they tell us about the societies writing them.
- Papers that examine the short thrift of villainy and provide alternate readings of evil, treachery, and the ne’er-do-wells who typify the antithesis of moral orders. Who are the villains we love to hate and hate to love and why?
The use of varying theoretical tools are welcome, including but not limited to discourse analysis, literary approaches, as well as theories from the fields of gender studies, race and cultural studies, disability theory, postcolonial studies, performance, and ritual studies. Explorations of diverse methodological approaches, historical periods, traditions and geographic locations are strongly encouraged. We are interested in research that breaks the boundaries and exhibits a novel approach, methodology and/or interpretation.
We accept currently unpublished articles (which contain original scholarship) and book reviews of recent publications pertaining to our topic. Papers can focus on any tradition, time period or particular issue pertaining to monsters and the monstrous.
The due date for submissions is December 15th, 2018. Papers are to be submitted using the online submission form. Be sure to read the guidelines; papers that fail to adhere to the submission guidelines may be rejected.
We just received the shipment of Volume 27 (combined numbers 1&2). A little later than we were expecting (holiday season caused some delays), but right before the end of the year at least!
Copies are available for all our contributors (authors, readers, reviewers). We’ll be trying to get in touch with those of you who aren’t in Montreal. Once we have all our mailing addresses, we’ll send out copies in January.
Both editions of Volume 27 are now available online in PDF format.
We’re still waiting on our printing to get the hard copies back to us. Hopefully they aren’t too swamped with the usual Holiday rush. If things go well, we should be receiving our print editions by the second week of December.
For the 28th edition, the Journal of Religion and Culture (JRC) is seeking articles on the topic of Activism and Social Change (A&SC) in the fields of Religion and Culture.
We are looking for articles that examine or critique the involvement, interaction and dynamics of religion and/or culture with activism, human rights, reproductive rights, postcolonial movements, indigenous rights, and other social movements, either in the present or the past. We are specially seeking articles that explore the social implications of these interactions, and the consequences of religiously motivated activism on communities and/or individuals.
The use of different theoretical tools are welcome, including but not limited to discourse analysis, gender theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, ritual theory, and literary approaches. We are seeking submissions from all relevant fields (religion, theology, philosophy, anthropology, history, etc.). Explorations of diverse methodological approaches, historical periods, traditions and geographic locations are strongly encouraged. We are interested in research that breaks the boundaries and exhibits novel approach, methodology and/or interpretation.
We accept currently unpublished articles (which contain original scholarship) and book reviews of recent publications pertaining to our topic. Papers can focus on any tradition, time period or particular issue surrounding activism and social change. Some submission ideas we’re particularly interested in, include:
- Case studies on particular instances of A&SC
- Case studies on particular instances of A&SC
- Legal and Political Reforms• Contemporary discourses on A&SC
- The role of myths and narratives
- The place and function of Cosmology and Soteriological
- The role of media in A&SC
- Impact of Resistance and its discourse to A&SC
- Artistic expressions and its impact during moment of crisis
The due date for submissions is December 1st, 2017. Papers will be evaluated according to the order in which they are received. Papers are to be submitted using the online submission form at www.jrc-concordia.ca/submit. Be sure to read the guidelines; incorrect submissions may be rejected for editorial reasons.
Our Summer recess is finally over and things are moving ahead with the JRC. Here’s where things currently stand:
Volume 27 No. 2 is in the final stages of being prepared for launch. We are expecting to launch the volume within the next three weeks.
The joint Volume 27 (No. 1 & No. 2) is also being readied for our printer. We are expecting to have the print editions ready by last week of September.
The executive team is shifting. Head Article Editor Elyse Macleod and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Nachaj are both stepping back from their duties at the JRC.
Elyse has just completed her Master’s Degree and is in the process of applying for her Ph.D.
Alexander is stepping back to devote more time on his dissertation process.
Stepping up will be Joseph E. Brito as the new Editor-in-Chief, with Lindsey Jackson as Managing Editor. Laurel Andrew will remain Book Reviews Editor.
And lastly, the JRC is planning on hosting a launch party for the release of the print edition. Tentative date is September 28th. All contributors (authors, readers, reviewers, etc.) will be provided more information closer to the date in question. Expect light snacks, free drinks and heated graduate student conversations about Derrida, Foucault and your other favourite French philosophers.