deadline for submissions: 
November 21, 2017
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Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School's graduate journal of religion
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Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School’s peer-reviewed graduate journal, is pleased to announce its call for papers for inclusion in the Fall 2017 edition, on the theme of “Confusion.”

Confusion, in multifarious contexts, is that which impedes lucidity and often leads to discord between individuals and societies. While many religious traditions proclaim their belief systems to be forces of clarity in an often unintelligible world, religious discourse is frequently characterized by the very forms of confusion that it seeks to explain away. Religious confusion has been expressed through various avenues – from New Testament scribal errors to masterful literary forgeries, from minor political misunderstandings to all-out war, and from individual uncertainty to collective ideologies that birth revolutions.

Papers might explore topics as broad as the complicated imagery of prophetic and apocalyptic texts or the puzzling language of late scholastic philosophy. More focused discussions might center upon the confusion caused by the Markan messianic secret, the conflicting interpretations of the symbols on the Magdala Stone, or even historical criticism’s increasing understanding of holy texts as diverse and fragmented. What are the implications of a robust theology of confusion for systematic theologians? How might worshipping communities grapple with internal and external disagreements about their central tenets? What are the impacts of acknowledging religious confusion in academic scholarship? How much uncertainty is tenable in a theological system based on faith and belief?

We invite papers from all realms of scholarly discourse, ranging from history, literature, and theology, to film studies, gender & sexuality studies, and many more fields, to join us in discussing the theme of confusion and its various manifestations across religious traditions. While one of the primary missions of Glossolalia is to provide an academic space for the work of graduate students, submissions from all are welcome, including professional and independent scholars, as well as from undergraduates who have produced extraordinary work.

Papers must be 15-25 pages in 12 pt. Garamond font, and styled according to Chicago/Turabian. (More complete formatting instructions can be found at http://glossolalia.yale.edu/submission-guidelines.) Papers that are formatted incorrectly will not be considered for review. Please submit papers as .doc or .docx documents to glossolalia@yale.edu by NOVEMBER 21, 2017. Please remove all authorial references from the text’s body, in order to ensure anonymous peer review.

All inquiries may be addressed to the editor in chief, Alexander D’Alisera, at glossolalia@yale.edu.

We look forward to reviewing all submissions.

Wishing you the very best,

Alexander D’Alisera, Chance Bonar, Acacia Chan, Ben Wyatt
Glossolalia Editorial Board, Yale Divinity School