As many of you know, I’m currently one of the Peer-Review editors for Practical Matters, an online, open access, multimedia journal that focuses on religious practices and practical theology. The journal is part of Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion’s Initative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology. (There are similar programs, though not journals, at Vanderbilt and Duke.) We’re currently working hard on our next issue, to be released this spring, focusing on Religion, Health, and Healing. Keep your eyes posted here because I will link to it when it is released.
Today, it was “officially” announced that I will be one of the Issue Editors, along with my friend and colleague Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon, for our next issue to be released next year. It will be entitled Violence and Peace. You can see the call for papers here or below:
Practical Matters is now seeking submissions on the theme of Violence and Peace. Practical Matters is an online, multimedia, transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal designed to ask and provoke questions about religious practice and practical theology. Practical Matters is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and published out of the Emory University Graduate Division of Religion.
The fifth issue of Practical Matters will explore the intersections of violence and peace, which have emerged as valuable and exciting places for interdisciplinary research and dialogue. The submission deadline is September 1, 2011.
We are interested in featuring work on topics including but not limited to…
•Ethnographic or historical studies of the role of religion in causing and responding to conflict, violence and peacebuilding;
•Explorations of the resources available to religious communities of the past and present that contribute to both violence and peace;
•Explorations, both normative and descriptive, of the ways modern globalization and dynamics of interreligious contact contribute to both conflict and peacebuilding;
•The ways in which classic questions of religion and violence, religion and peacebuilding, and just war and pacifism are being addressed and reformulated today.
We especially encourage multimedia and interdisciplinary pieces of original scholarship. The submission deadline is September 1, 2011.
As one of the editors of this issue, I highly encourage you to consider submitting your work to the journal. There is room for classic peer-reviewed academic articles as well as peer-reviewed video content. Practical Matters also encourages reflections on teaching as well as pieces from practitioners reflecting on their experiences. To get a feel for the different types of pieces published in Practical Matters check out our submission guidelines here.
The journal has been going for several years now, and our publishing process has gotten more efficient and our name is becoming more well-known. If you’re at all interested researching religious practices, practical theology, the use of ethnography in doing theology or the role of religion in violence and peace please consider submitting something for the next issue.