Special Issue "Interdisciplinary Quaker Studies"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018)
This special issue will explore the interdisciplinary nature of Quaker Studies, showcasing work from historical, theological, sociological, and other approaches. The range of methods employed will highlight the ways in which tools from many areas of research can explore different aspects of this numerically small but influential religious community. As well as presenting a range of interesting results, papers in this issue will reflect specifically on methodology, updating insights from the 2004 edited collection "The creation of Quaker theory".
This special issue explores the interdisciplinary nature of Quaker Studies and reflects on the range of methods which can be used to tease out different aspects of Quakerism. Submissions are welcome from any disciplinary background—even and perhaps especially if other researchers are surprised to learn that you are working on Quakerism! Including some explicit reflection on your methodology, how your work incorporates elements from more than one discipline, or how you use findings from one discipline to inform work in another area would be particularly welcome. Overall, the special issue will both highlight the importance of Quakers as a case study or example in many fields, and help those who are already working in Quaker Studies to get a fuller picture of the many possible approaches.
Existing work in Quaker Studies is heavily weighted towards the fields of history and sociology, with some also happening in theology, philosophy, and other interdisciplinary fields, such as gender studies. The 2004 book, 'The Creation of Quaker Theory: Insider Perspectives', edited by Pink Dandelion, reflects this emphasis. The papers in this special issue will pick up from this point, but by presenting new findings alongside reflection on methodology and interdisciplinarity they will expand the discussion to open up questions such as: How do the disciplines involved in Quaker Studies interact - how, for example, does Quaker history inform Quaker theology? When are the boundaries between disciplines useful, and when should someone trained in one field also begin to work in another? What do scholars do when the conventions of one field clash with those of another, such as when writing up work for publication in a discipline different to that in which it was original conducted?Dr. Rhiannon Grant
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