Special Issue "Performing Religion"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William Robert

College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

What might “performing religion” mean?  What might it look like, embodied?  What might count as “performing religion”?  What performative effects might “performing religion” have?  How might “performing religion,” and/or performances of religion, figure—or refigure—religion as performance?  How might thinking these terms together, “religion” and “performance,” change the ways we imagine—or reimagine—each of them?  How might thinking these terms together change the ways we imagine—or reimagine—corporeality and relationality?

This Special Issue seeks to explore these and related questions, about “performing religion.”  It seeks to cast “religion” and “performance” as broadly as possible and it seeks cross-disciplinary engagements with religious studies, performance studies, and studies from other disciplinary locations, examining all kinds of cultural forms. These forms might include theatre, performance art, storytelling, spoken-word poetry, dance, music, ritual, and liturgy.  They might include other things, too.  Contributors might study these forms theoretically, historically, ethnographically, textually, theatrically, visually, orally, aurally, kinetically (among other possibilities).

Prof. Dr. William Robert
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • religion
  • performance
  • reimagining
  • corporeality
  • relations

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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