Rebirth, Resurrection, and Revivification

deadline for submissions: 
November 5, 2016
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Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School's graduate journal of religion

Rebirth, Resurrection, and Revivification 

Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School’s recently revived academic journal, is pleased to announce a call for paper submissions for inclusion in the Fall 2016 edition, on the theme of “Rebirth, Resurrection, and Revivification.”

Rebirth, defined simply, is the process of being born again; it can be used to speak of individuals, of objects, and of ideas. Cultures across the world are constantly experiencing rebirth, sometimes through the reception and reinterpretation of ancient philosophy, or by means of revolutionary events and wars that shift the geopolitical paradigm. Whether in regards to the reconstitution of the Iranian state in 1979 as an Islamic Republic, the revival of Thomistic thought in the late nineteenth century, or the resurrection of Christ as portrayed in medieval art, the concept of rebirth finds itself manifest in the world of religion, across many temporal and geographical demarcations.

Authors are encouraged to discuss themes considering the relationship between various incarnations of rebirth and religion. Topics might range from discussions of the interplay between religious architectural space and notions of spiritual rebirth, to applications of Joseph Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey to Christian narrative, to questions of how new translations of the Bible potentially alter the theological or linguistic identity of Scripture. How have Hollywood portrayals of the resurrection of Christ changed from twentieth to twenty-first century film? What are the religio-ethical consequences of Dr. Frankenstein’s revivification of the Creature from parts of lifeless Creation? What nuances of born-again Christianity have contributed most to American political discourse since the 1980s? What are the implications of the descents of Dante, Odysseus, and Aeneas into the underworld in the context of spiritual rebirth?

We invite papers from all areas 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 rebirth and its interactions with various 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 extraordinary work from undergraduates.

Papers must be 10-18 pages in 12 pt. Garamond font, and styled according to Chicago/Turabian. (More complete formatting instructions can be found at Papers that are formatted incorrectly will not be considered for review. Please submit papers as .doc or .docx documents to by 11:59 PM on November 5, 2016. Please remove all authorial references from the body of the text, in order to ensure anonymous peer review. All questions may be addressed to the editor in chief, Alexander D’Alisera, at

We look forward to reviewing all submissions.

Wishing you all the very best,

Alexander D’Alisera, Lauren Kane, Chance Bonar

Glossolalia Editorial Board, Yale Divinity School 

About the Journal: 

Re-established in the summer of 2016, Glossolalia is an open-access, peer-reviewed graduate journal of religion that publishes biannually out of Yale Divinity School. Grounded in a strong belief in the need for further collective academic utterance at the graduate level, this new incarnation of Glossolalia exists as a multidisciplinary space for academic papers and analysis. Though initially founded (and subsequently re-founded) by Yale graduate students, Glossolalia welcomes submissions from the worldwide community of scholars and academics. 

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