Symposia: The Journal of Religion

SYMPOSIA is an online, peer-reviewed journal for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who identify religion as an important consideration in their research. We invite submissions of original research papers on any topic that critically engages the study of religion.

 

ISSN 2368-9323


Announcements

 

CFP: Religious Liberties and the State

 

Symposia: The Journal of Religion is seeking papers for its next issue. Symposia is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal for the academic study of religion published by the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. For this issue, we welcome papers that approach the theme of religious liberties and the state from diverse perspectives, methodologies, and fields of study. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Religion and Law
Theocracy
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
The Division of Church and State
Religion and Revolution
Religious Education in Schools
Religious Rhetoric in Political Discourse
State Atheism
Religion in the Public Sphere
Religion under Colonialism

 

Articles should be a maximum of 8,000 words and will be considered in both French and English. Submissions are made online: http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca

Book review essays

We are looking for essays that address up to four books on one specific thematic concern. Book review essays must be no longer than 6,000 words. Book review essays are peer reviewed. Possible topics include those related to the specific call, but are also open to other inquiries.

Opinion editorials

Opinion pieces must be no longer than 2,500 words. Op-eds should critically discuss current issues of political significance. We welcome pieces related to the current political situations in either the US or Canada, but also welcome pieces related to the political situation in other parts of the globe.

Book reviews

Book reviews, of any academic publication relevant to the study of religion and released within the last two years will be accepted. Reviews must be no longer than 1000 words. We particularly welcome books that deal with issues related to the theme for this issue. If you are interested in submitting a book review, please email Ian Brown at ianphillip.brown@mail.utoronto.ca with the name of the author, book, and publisher.

 
Posted: 2016-11-02
 

Call for Papers for Volume 8

 

Announcing the open call for papers and reviews

The editorial team of Symposia: The Journal of Religion announces that we have moved to an open call for papers. We will accept paper submission on a rolling basis, and will publish issues bi-annually. Please submit your papers when they are ready!

Symposia is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal for the academic study of religion. Its primary focus is on the phenomenon called “religion,” as explored through multiple approaches including those of anthropology, philosophy, sociology, and history. Symposia encourages authors to question and critique the limits and boundaries of disciplinary knowledge, by critiquing categories central to the approaches of each in order to yield new reflections and fresh perspectives on religious phenomena and the study of religion in general.

The theme for Volume 8 is “Rites of Passage.” Religions traffic in the business of moving peoples from one stage of life to the next. Whether in terms of coming-of-age ceremonies, or the transition from life to death, religious rituals and their concomitant philosophical reflections are capable of compartmentalizing an entire life into distinct stages. However, certain rituals that inaugurate people into new forms of life are not available to all others, indiscriminately. As for example in the case of shamanic initiations, initiates display some characteristics that, from the perspective of religious leaders, single them out for this activity. Nor are the temporal limits of the ritual initiation always clear, as in some narratival constructions with clear beginnings, middles, and endings. We invite, in addition to the general and open call for papers, papers that address issues surrounding liminality, transition, rites of passage, and initiation.

Articles with a maximum of 25 pages will be considered in both French and English. Submissions are made online: http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca

Book reviews

Book reviews should be a maximum of 1000 words of any academic publication relevant to the study of religion and released within the last two years in order to be published. We particularly welcome books that deal with issues related to the theme for this issue, “Rites of Passage.” If you are interested in doing a book review, please email Ian Brown at ianphillip.brown@mail.utoronto.ca with the name of the author, book and publisher.

 
Posted: 2016-01-19
 
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Vol 7 (2015)

Table of Contents

Front Matters

Front Matters
 
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Articles

Juli L. Gittinger
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1-16
E. Meaghan Matheson
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17-29

Book Reviews

Glen Synder, Acts of Paul: The Formation of a Pauline Corpus
Gregory P. Fewster
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30-31
Nicola Denzey Lewis, Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Under Pitiless Skies
Emily Laflèche
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31-32
DeConick et al (eds), Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and other Ancient Literature
Emily Laflèche
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33-34
Giorgio Agamben, The Highest Poverty: The Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
Amin Mansouri
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34-36
Hillary Kaell, Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage
Kaleigh McLelland
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36-37
Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion
Adam T. Miller
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37-39
Anna Collar, Religious Networks in the Roman Empire: the Spread of New Ideas
Mark Mueller
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39-41
Julietta Steinhauer, Religious Associations in the Post-Classical Polis
Ryan Olfert
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41-42
Joseph Sanzo, Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt
Patrick Stange
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43-44
Tyler Robers, Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism
Gillian Breckenridge
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44-45