The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue presents its
Call for Submissions for Issue 9: Women, Feminism, and Inter-Religious Dialogue
Women have played pivotal roles in transforming communities and conflicts, upending theories and traditions, and building bridges of understanding where others have thought it impossible. Given the dynamic landscape of female involvement in numerous aspects of inter-religious activities and dialogue, we at The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue will be devoting an entire issue to the exploration of inter-religious work as informed by women’s perspectives and feminist theory more broadly. We invite articles that engage in rigorous reflection on the intricate and often behind-the-scenes partnerships between women and inter-religious endeavors at large.
It is our hope that this special issue will contribute to and stimulate the inclusion of this increasingly utilized approach to the study of inter-religious dialogue and theory. We especially welcome and encourage investigation of the following topics:
- How do women already operating within particular traditions or communities incorporate their own perspectives into inter-religious activities?
- How might current trends in feminist theory shape discourse on religious pluralism or plurality? Do these theories have the potential to transform inter-religious thinking or activities?
- To date, has inter-religious work failed to include women’s voices? If so, how might this have influenced outcomes, and how can things be different henceforth? Critiques of particular trends or authors are especially welcome.
- How have some women within particular religious groups or communities engaged in interfaith work in a way that differs from or even breaks with broader traditions (either their own or the mainstream)?
- How have local female authority figures and social justice leaders engaged or partnered with religious organizations to promote dialogue and transformation?
- How have women operated outside of established norms for dialogue promotion and conflict resolution?
- What roles have female religious leaders played in various traditions? What movements are underway to expand these roles in a manner that allows for (or is even inspired by) increased interfaith engagement?
- How has feminist work collaborated with or rallied against concrete religious activities as well as theological discourses?
About the Journal
The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to innovative research and study of the interactions that take place within and between religious communities. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication and study, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society. Rather than shying away from discourse on problematic exchanges that take place between religious groups, the Journal seeks articles that approach these “trouble spots” from an informed, academic perspective in order to provide new insight into how difficulties may be overcome, or at least better understood. Given the interdisciplinary nature of inter-religious studies, we invite articles from a wide array of content areas and fields of study.
All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s). Authors are also advised to read about the Journal and the previous issue prior to submitting an article. Submissions should be around 3,500 words, including references and a 100-word abstract. They should adhere to the Fifteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with endnotes. Co-authored articles are welcomed and encouraged. Articles may be submitted online at www.irdialogue.org/submissions or via e-mail to email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions for the ninth issue of the Journal is December 15th 2011. Articles submitted after this date will not be considered for publication in this issue. You will hear back about the status of your submission by January 15th 2012.
After an initial vetting process by the editorial board, each submission will undergo a rigorous peer-review by members of the Board of Scholars and Practitioners. If accepted for publication, the Journal’s staff may edit the submission for mechanics and adherence to writing standards.