Special Issue "Sacred Space and Place"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Prof. Dr. John Nelson
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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Interests: contemporary Japanese religion; religion and globalization; buddhist studies; the anthropology of religion; sacred place and space; visual anthropology
"Place-as-Sacred" is the theme for a special issue of Religions to be published in early 2019. This issue will focus on entire regions of socio-religious activities where individuals and groups interact with a range of places deemed "sacred" (by whatever terms or norms are accepted in the region). The regions are East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Europe North/South, Africa, South America, Mesoamerica, North America, Australia/New Zealand. A 5500-7500 word article will of course note the histories, politics, economies, religious philosophies and common practices that have informed the logos of the area. It will also integrate and orient readers to present day issues of personal empowerment through actual or imagined sites noted for features related to gender, healing, transitional states, or other dimensions.
This special issue will attempt to be inclusive of the diversity of people and their varied interactions with these sites, honouring the multiplicity of ways we interpret the terms “place” and “sacred.” For example, a city like Paris is known, observed, and monitored worldwide but is also full of sites that are "sacred" to widely diverse populations. That is why the theme of "place as sacred" provides agency to whoever is designating the uniquely ordained, set aside, and sometimes extraordinary features of a particular location. We also want to acknowledge how these influences can be rejected, reformed, and repurposed, such as we have seen in the example of Buddhism in Burma from 2014 to the present day. From the rhythmic continuity of churches and temples to the segregated expanses of most mosques––and from forest sanctuaries walked by individuals to "powerspots" accessed by multitudes through online designations––our goal is to convey the heritage of diverse religious pasts in shaping "place as sacred" for today's participants.
The proposal deadline is Friday, April 20th for a review of your paragraph(s) of description. If you are unable to participate, please suggest someone appropriate. We would also appreciate three-to-five photos per paper.
Please send a brief description of your project and how it...
- gives an overview of topics relative to regional and global uses of sites deemed sacred
- designates its particulars and generalities, with special attention given to issues of inclusion
- is accessed and used for historical and contemporary peoples (stories are essential!)
- connects with websites or Facebook to render itself present online
John Nelson (University of San Francisco), the guest editor for this volume, will review, comment, and then let you know about the status of your submission by May 1st. Once a preliminary list of participants is determined, the deadline for receipt of the papers will be November 5th, 2018. For any questions about the CFP, please contact [email protected].
Prof. Dr. John Nelson
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