Practical Matters Journal Issue 13: Love

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Palak Taneja, Issue Editor, Practical Matters



Issue 13 Call for Submissions


Deadline: December 1, 2019


Love is constantly being redefined by both scholars and people across a range of disciplines, theoretical approaches, and cultural contexts. Conceptions of love range from John Donne’s literary pursuit of love, both sacred and profane, to Alain Badiou’s philosophy of love as an existential quest for the truth. Religious communities also continue to pay close attention to love as a virtue, ideal, and practice, adding to these ever-evolving conceptions. How do religion and faith then shape our ideas about love in this changing world? What are the various kinds of love that exist in religious theology and practice, and in what ways do they influence the discipline’s practices, ideologies, and movements?


Practical Matters is now accepting submissions on religious practices and practical theology for Issue 13. The journal will feature articles on the theme of “Love.” Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Love in sacred texts
  • The role of love in religious service and charity
  • Marriage, divorce, sex, sex education, purity, (in)fertility, and family
  • The body as sacred
  • LGBTQ issues, identity politics, and religious institutions
  • Love as a way of living or serving God, e.g., Sufism or Monasticism
  • Romantic attachments to deities or dating God
  • Love and the ethics of care
  • Love across religious divides, e.g., inter-faith relationships or love jihad


We invite contributions from any religious or spiritual tradition, as well as from any theoretical position or discipline. The journal includes both peer-reviewed articles (Features and Analyzing Matters) as well as non-peer reviewed content that presents the thoughtful reflections of teachers and practitioners (Practicing Matters and Teaching Matters). Practical Matters accepts submissions that incorporate a variety of media and genres. 

Founded in 2007, Practical Matters is a cutting-edge project in digital publishing funded by the Lilly Endowment and sponsored by the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University. Contributors to previous issues have included Robert Orsi, Nancy Ammerman, Monica Coleman, Philip Gorski, and Thomas Long. We are looking for an essay between 3,000-8,000 words, due on December 1, 2019. Your article would be featured on the Practical Matters website in spring of 2020 and then published as part of the 2019-20 issue in June 2020.

Submissions are accepted and published on a rolling basis throughout the year. For considerations in Issue 13, submissions must be received by December 1, 2019. For more information on the aim and scope of the journal, audience, submission guidelines, house style guidelines, and more, please see or email


Posted by Palak Taneja, Issue Editor of Practical Matters, and Doctoral Candidate at Emory University.